Kristen Stewart On Breakouts, Dirty Hair, & What She Learned From Zoolander

Kristen Stewart On Breakouts, Dirty Hair, & What She Learned From Zoolander
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Kristen Stewart will be the first to tell you she leads a double life. Since wrapping the last installment of the blockbuster Twilight saga, she’s sunk her teeth into gritty, not-at-all glamorous roles in On The Road and the Sundance hit Camp X-Ray, where she plays a small-town soldier assigned to Guantanamo Bay. All the while landing a Chanel campaign and working as the face of Balenciaga’s fragrances.

“It’s cool that I have this dual life,” she told us. “I’m very simplistic with my makeup in real life, so on the red carpet I like to push it in the other direction. If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it all the way.” Stewart keeps her must-have lipsticks, eye makeup, and brow pencil handy, but it’s super-hydrating skin products that take up the prime real estate in her makeup bag. “I have to moisturize my skin a lot, you can’t go without makeup if your skin looks haggard and crack-y,” she says. “I always think of that scene in Zoolander when he [Ben Stiller] says “moisture is the essence of beauty,” but it’s so true.” More on her red carpet persona and must-have products, above.

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    Stewart prefers to keep her makeup light off-camera, so she works hard to keep her face glowing. “Proactive keeps my skin really clear,” she says. “My biggest thing is to keep my face hydrated and healthy with a lot of moisturizer. I use creams from Dermalogica and Dr. Hauschka.

    Try Dermalogica’s Active Moist ($40), Dr. Hauschka’s Face Moisturizer Rose Day Cream ($45), and the Proactiv+ Kit ($40), it includes a Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, Emergency Blemish Relief, and Complexion Perfecting Hydrator.

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    “I don’t ever use foundation,” Stewart says. She is however, an expert on tinted moisturizer. In her makeup bag you’ll find her mainstay—M.A.C.’s Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 ($35)—as well as her latest favorite. “I’ve been using BareMinerals’ Tinted Moisturizer ($30); it’s the lightest one I’ve found,” she says. 

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    “I like doing something cool on the red carpet,” Stewart told us. “So many people go for pretty—and that’s pretty boring,” 

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    “It’s pretty obvious I like a smoky eye,” Stewart says, referring to her many red carpet looks sporting a dark, defined eye. “There’s this eyeliner from Topshop I use, it’s super black and stays in place,” she says. “Every time I go there I buy five of them.” And her mascara of choice? “Right now I’m using one from Bare Essentials.”

    Try Topshop’s Waterproof Kohl Pencil Liner ($10) in Ebony and bareMinerals' Flawless Definition Mascara ($20). 

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    Stewart fills in her brows with Anastasia’s Perfect Brow Pencil ($25), but doesn’t dare pick up a pair of tweezers. “I’m so lucky I don’t have to do anything to my brows,” she says. “I’m such a wuss about pain.”

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    Stewart’s said she didn’t like perfume before becoming the face of Balenciaga’s Florabotanica ($100), so how does the new sister scent stack up? “They have a similar undertone, but Rosabotanica ($100) is sort of warm and musky,” she says. “It’s more worn-in, sort of like the nighttime version.” Now she rotates the two, depending on her mood. 

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    Stewart won’t leave the house without Burt’s Bees Lip Balm ($4) and, if she needs something richer, Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($6). “Aquaphor is the most hardcore moisturizer,” she says. “You can even use it for tattoo care.”

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    Stewart applies the same ‘all or nothing’ sentiment to her lip color. “I like full on lipstick or nothing at all,” Stewart says. “Stains, gloss, I don’t like any of that.” She favors rich formulas from Chanel: “I’ll do a classic red, pink, and sometimes a red with a little orange in it.”

    Try the brand’s Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour ($34) in Passion, Exaltee, and Excentrique.

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    “It’s great to have a beauty team that I can lend my creative imput to,” Stewart says. “My makeup artists are so fucking good, they’re artists. I work with Beau [Nelson] and Jill [Dempsey] and neither of them ever want to do the same thing twice.”

    The above look was created by Nelson for the L.A. premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

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    The one product that never leaves Stewart’s bag? "Bumble and bumble’s Hair Powder ($36),” she says. “It’s a lifesaver.” Like almost every celebrity we interview, Stewart prefers her hair a little dirty. “It’s best on the second or third day,” she says. She also keeps Moroccanoil’s Treatment ($43) on hand. “My ends get mad dry.”

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    “I don’t like anything too shiny,” Stewart says about her nails. Her favorite colors come from Chanel—and she always tops them with with a matte topcoat. “I really like black nails right now.”

    Try the brand’s Le Vernis Nail Colour ($30) in Black Satin under OPI Matte Top Coat ($10).

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    PHOTO: AFP/Getty Images; Jorgen Angel/Redferns

    When asked about her beauty icons, Stewart takes a few seconds to think. “Take Patti Smith and add in a little Brigitte Bardot to up the sex factor,” she says. “That’s pretty dope, I’ve got a beauty icon now.”

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    When Stewart’s exhausted after a long day on set, she reaches for Rohto’s Ice Redness Relief Eye Drops ($7). “They burn,” she says. “Trust me you’ll cry, but then your eyes are so clear and bright after.” 

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    “I love Skinceuticals’ serums,” Stewart says. “They have one that’s for stressed-out skin, one for your pores if you’re breaking out, and then the preventative one for problematic skin. I use a few of them.”

    Try the brand’s Blemish and Age Defense ($82), Phloretin CF ($155), or Retexturing Activator ($75).

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    Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil ($25)

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    Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara ($20)

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    Balenciaga Rosabotanica ($100)

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    Bare Essentials Tinted Moisturizer ($30)

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    Burt's Bees Lip Balm ($4)

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    Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour ($30)

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    Dermalogica Active Moist ($40)

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    Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream ($45)

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    Moroccanoil Treatment ($43)

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    OPI Matte Top Coat ($10)

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    Proactiv+ Kit ($40)

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    Skinceuticals Phloretin CF ($155)

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    Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator ($75)

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