Makeup Bag: Actress Jordana Brewster
“Growing up, I lived in Brazil and every time I would travel to the states, I would always hit duty free and get one of those Chanel lipsticks. They smelled so distinct and I’d always buy at least one lipstick on my way home. I must have been ten and it was a special treat. As a kid, I would wear one lipstick for a long time; I was really loyal to that one color. I wasn’t wearing it to school at that point so it was just for fun.
My personal beauty philosophy has most definitely evolved. I went through a phase in the nineties where all I wore was blue eye shadow and super icy colors and I thought it looked really good to wear really light colors on your eyes. Then I realized, “Wow, that looks really cheesy.” Or I’d wear lots of mascara to the point where my sister would call me Tammy Faye. Now, because I work so much and I’m always wearing so much makeup, when I’m not working, I try to wear nothing — or a very little bit. I try to give my skin a rest.
Living in LA, SPF is a big part of my daily beauty routine. I was trying to find an all-natural one and it was really hard but my facialist, Terri Lawton, turned me onto one. It’s light so you can blend it. I don’t like sunscreen that’s super white — no one does. I don’t like anything that’s matte, I like my skin to be dewy.
I worked in New Orleans for about a month this summer [on a movie], and what I loved about the climate was how the humidity basically takes five years off of your skin. Your face just plumps up. I basically decided that I only want to work there, although that’s probably unrealistic.
I think I learn more from makeup artists when I work with them for red carpet events because the look isn’t designed for a character like it is on a TV show or movie; it’s designed for accentuating certain aspects of my face. They’ll teach me techniques that help me specifically. I noticed one makeup artist putting highlighter on my temples and around any dark areas and so I stole that. Although, I still haven’t been able to master putting on fake eye lashes – the separates. I think those are really natural. I’ve tried, but the glue is really hard and it stinks. I wish they could develop an all-natural glue. I’ve learned useful things, like lip liner and how to put it on so you don’t look like you walked out of the nineties. Or if there’s a product and I love the smell, like Whole Foods Vanilla Honey Lip Balm that a makeup artist recently used, and I went out and bought it.
I’m so grateful that Dry Bar opened in LA. At one point, my husband asked how many times a week I was going. I realized I was going like three times a week. With meetings and auditions, it’s just easier to go there. I don’t know how to curl my own hair. I can make it stick straight, but again that’s a little nineties, so now I get my hair blown out like twice a week. Sometimes I’ll let my hair dry naturally, put some Moroccan Oil in it to create beachy waves, but it’s kind of hit or miss. Now that my hair is short, it can get really frizzy.
I love manicures and pedicures. When I’m in New York, I go to i-Plaza where you can get a massage while you’re getting a manicure. I feel like it’s pretty indulgent and somewhat excessive but it’s so good. And it makes the manicure go by so much faster, too.
My makeup bag is a gold, Dr. Hauschka leather bag. If my purse is too heavy or I’m carry a small clutch, I’ll just bring blush and lip balm. Otherwise, here are the products that are in my makeup bag:
Tweezerman Brow Mousse – I have really thick brows and I need something to tame them. I use it when I remember.
Clinique Chubby Stick in Heaping Hazelnut – It’s a really neutral color, so it’s pretty whether you have makeup on or not. It’s definitely more of a daytime look and it’s also really moisturizing.
EO Hand Sanitizer – I love this stuff. It smells really good, this one is sweet orange. I use it a couple of times a day. I always have hand sanitizer with me, especially when you’re walking around the city all day. But it has to be the all-natural kind because I feel like Purell smells like a pint of vodka.
YSL Touche Eclat – I use the lightest shade. If you look tired, it immediately makes you look less tired. It enhances and brings light to your face. I think most people apply it to their under eyes, but I apply it to any dark spots, even a zit. A zit tends to be more red so I’ll put this on and it’ll act like a concealer.
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty ‘The Eye Pencil Primatif’ in Defining Navy – I love eyeliner because it adds depth to your eyes. I use it in my lower waterline at night or during the day if I have a meeting and I want to amp up my eyes. I like the navy because it’s a bit softer than black, a little less harsh but it’s not cheesy like the blue I used to rock in the nineties, so it’s a nice compromise.
Giorgio Armani Liquid Eyeliner – This is my favorite! I use it on my upper lid. I do a line; I might flair it out a bit but it’s not a super dramatic cat eye. I like to do what I can to open up my eyes. I prefer it in the pen form more because the pots get too messy and gloopy, but this one is pretty fail-safe, which is good.
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil in Tropical Nights – I like looking bronzy and I love that this one is shimmery. The important thing is to be conservative because I used to apply a bunch of bronzer on my cheekbones, my chin, my nose, and my forehead and I ended up looking ridiculous. A makeup artist taught me to balance out bronzer by putting some on your neck so that you don’t look like you’re two colors.
Liz Earle Healthy Glow Cream Blush in Rose and Nectar – These make you look young and dewy. You smile, put a little bit on the apple of your cheek, and it looks really fresh. Sometimes, I’ll wear the Coral, too – it’s really pretty. If I’m tan, I can get away with more pink like Nectar and if I’m not, I have to be a bit more subdued so I’ll wear Rose.
Guerlain Lip Liner Pencil in Bois Des Indes – It’s a really neutral shade. I rarely remember to put this on, but when I do I think it adds fullness to my lips. I line my lips, but I don’t go over my lip line because you need a really good makeup artist to do that. Otherwise you look ridiculous. I’ll fill in my lips with the Clinique Chubby Stick in Heaping Hazelnut or I’ll just do a little lip balm.
Armani Beauty Lipstick in 520 – When I’m not wearing neutral, I go for something super pink. It’s super sheer and moisturizing, which I like. I haven’t been able to perfect matte because I drink so much water and am constantly putting stuff in my mouth.
Naphcon-A Naphcon A Eye Allergy Relief Eye Drops – I love these because I have allergies. I really like the blue eye drops from Europe that are illegal here. Anytime a makeup artist has them on set, I put them in my eyes. It makes your whites really white.
Armani Beauty Eyes To Kill Mascara – I used to put mascara on and then I’d use that metal comb that deliniates every lash, but I find that I don’t need it with this mascara. It doesn’t get clumpy and it separates the lashes really well. If I’m going to wear one beauty product, it’s mascara because it really makes my eyes pop. I put it on top and bottom lashes.
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate – After putting on moisturizer and serum, I mix the bronzing gel and SPF in the palm of my hand and then apply to my face and neck. This way, I’m protecting my skin but also giving it a nice tan. I love to look tan.
Whole Foods Organic Vanilla Honey Lip Balm – I go through phases. I used to really like EOS, then the Dr. Hauschka lip balm. But this one is really moisturizing and it smells yummy and it’s organic. My lips get really dry so I’m always putting stuff on them.”
–Actress Jordana Brewster