Fashion girls know the name Katie Nehra for her line of insanely cool leather jackets, but in the beauty world, the actress/producer/designer has us enthralled by her flawless milky skin, enviable cheekbones, and fleek brows. And as it turns out, the Los Angeles native really knows her stuff! After 20 minutes on the phone with the Mr. Right star—Note: The film hits theaters today!—we not only walked away with awesome insider makeup tips but also learned about some great new products and brands, too. Catch our exclusive interview below!
BYRDIE: Let’s start with your daily makeup essentials.
KATIE NEHRA: I just started using this Armani foundation. It’s called the Maestro Glow Nourishing Fusion Makeup ($64), which I’m obsessed with. I even turned my makeup artist onto it. The other new foundation that I tried, because I am pretty loyal to Armani, is Charlotte Tilbury. Her new Magic Foundation ($44) is really great too. And normally I just use Le Mer The Radiant Concealer ($70) and a lip stain. And that’s sort of my everyday look.
BYRDIE: What’s the lip stain you use?
KN: There’s a new Chanel; it’s called Rouge Coco Stylo Brilliant Lip Shine ($37) in 212 Recit. It’s actually a darker color than I normally wear, but I wore it to a brunch recently, and people were like, “Oh, what are you wearing?” So maybe this is my new color. It’s kind of like a berry stain.
BYRDIE: You spend a lot of time in the makeup chair, so we bet you have some great tips!
KN: Lauren Anderson told me this tip: It’s burgundy mascara. It’s really good for green eyes. She says anyone who has green eyes should always be wearing burgundy. It’s such a good trick. You really notice a difference, and it’s so easy to draw on eyeliner or put on mascara. It’s not like, Here, do this five-step smoky eye. I like Chanel Volume Mascara ($32) in #27 and Estée Lauder’s Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23) in Burgundy Suede.
BYRDIE: Can you walk us through your night regimen?
KN: I’ll usually use—they are so expensive, but they really are the only ones that work—the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths ($18). You can normally find discounts on Amazon; that’s where I try to get them. So I’ll wipe off all my makeup, and then I’ll use May Lindstrom’s Honey Mud ($80) as a cleanser. I love all the Biologique products. The P50 1970 Toner ($27) is really good, and all their serums. Whatever is lying around, I’ll just layer all of it, and then I’ll do a little eye cream. And if I’m not so tired, and staying home, I’ll do a mask.
BYRDIE: Do you have a favorite mask right now?
KN: There are these new masks that I’m obsessed with from Nerd Skincare. You can buy them on Amazon. One is a brightening, one is a hydrating, and the third is a repair, and they are all really good. I just did the hydrating one; because it’s been so dry, I feel like I can’t breathe with my allergies and everything else.
BYRDIE: What do you do if your skin needs a pick-me-up in the morning?
KN: Again, it’s Biologique, the Masque Creme Biofixine ($279). I’ll put this on before I have to do a red carpet or any sort of appearance. You can literally use it as a moisturizer—just put it on and rub into your skin. The texture is almost like Ponds cold cream. It’s this white mask that you put on, and it just plumps up your skin.
BYRDIE: Do you have a favorite drugstore product?
KN: I’ve been saying this for years, but I love Dove soap. I just like that it’s not drying, because I have really dry skin, and it lathers up really well. I find that so many soaps don’t lather.
BYRDIE: Growing up, were you into makeup?
KN: It’s actually really funny. So my mom used to drive us to school every day, and she would normally wear her pajamas, but she would always put on her Clinique lipstick. She would say to me, “Whenever you put on lipstick, you look pulled together.” It was like a blackberry stain, and every morning she put that on.
I think she was open to us experimenting. I remember the first lipstick I bought was CoverGirl; it was a disgusting pink that I thought was so cool. And I wore it when I had braces, so when I look back at the photos, I look so bad. Or like the MAC Spice lip liner; I remember everyone loved that in high school. I think Katherine Power still uses that. It’s hilarious to think back on what we thought was so great.
BYRDIE: Who are some of your beauty icons?
KN: I love Kristen Noel Crawley. She designs that jewelry line KDIA, and she actually writes for Elle beauty. She always looks effortlessly cool. What’s funny is sometimes what I admire in other people is not something I would look good in. For instance, she has this olive-dark skin, so she’ll keep her face very bare but will wear like a bright red lip. I would look like a clown. We follow each other on Snapchat and are always telling each other to try certain products, because she loves masks and stuff like that. I love Diane Kruger. I think she always looks really good. I like people who you can tell dress themselves and are really true to their own style and aren’t these manufactured robots walking around from a glam team. [Diane] isn’t a product of 10 people; she’s herself. I always look toward European women like Carine Roitfeld, just people who are really unique to themselves. If you look at all of those people I mentioned, they don’t follow trends. It doesn’t mean you can’t experiment; it’s like you really need to know your own body and what looks good on you, and then you can add on trends when they are appropriate.
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