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Olivia Wilde Talks Drugstore Faves, Beauty Blunders

By Wendy Rodewald-Sulz / December 5, 2011


We’re not sure Revlon could have found a better face than Olivia Wilde’s to launch the brand’s new ColorStay Eyeshadow Quads and PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara (in stores Januray 2012). This morning, the turquoise-eyed beauty took a break from filming her latest movie in New York to talk with a group of beauty editors about her makeup must-haves and her latest campaign.

On her off-duty beauty look...

“I try not to wear too much [foundation and concealer] when I’m off, to give my skin a rest. But I do have fun with eye makeup even when I’m not working. I enjoy it. I think it’s something that I learned from my mom, who has really sensational eyes, and growing up I used to watch her putting on mascara...And as I learn from more professionals, like Gucci [Westman, Revlon’s Global Artistic Director], who I adore and who has taught me so much about makeup, I learn about which shades work for me and which ones don’t.”

On why she shies away from a statement lip...
“Probably because I am always eating, and I eat off my lips. It’s true! I’ll say, ‘I’m going to do a really great lip today,’ and I do red and I’ll feel very 50's pinup, and it’s about 20 minutes later that I realize I’ve eaten it off.”

On her biggest beauty blunder...
“I plucked off all my eyebrows in high school! I, for seven years, haven’t touched my eyebrows. I don’t let anyone near them with tweezers - I’m so protective now because I made that mistake.”

On her recent drugstore discoveries...
“I’ve recently shifted to the cheapest possible skin stuff and it works. It’s amazing - Cetaphil. And every dermatologist my entire life has told me to use it, and for some reason I thought they were in on some conspiracy, and I thought, that’s not real. It couldn’t be! It’s so cheap! Also, the moisturizer - CeraVe. That’s great stuff. It’s gentle, and I think once I learned that being gentle to your skin, doing less to your skin, is always what makes it better.”

On repping Revlon...
“Emma Stone and I joined at the same time, and we, I think, are similar in that we like to have fun with makeup, but that it doesn’t define us,” Olivia said. “I feel that makeup is so often thought of as a camouflage or some sort of mask, when really what I’ve discovered...is how it can bring out the things that make you special and idiosyncratic....I just love the idea that it’s about making yourself feel like the best version of yourself so you can go kick ass in the world.”