After seeing Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's skin up close and personal during an interview earlier this fall, I can say with utmost certainty that it's the smooth and radiant stuff of supermodel dreams. Since I was interviewing her after a makeup masterclass (that she hosted alongside 2 celeb makeup artists and in partnership with BareMinerals), we naturally talked more about makeup than skincare. Regardless, I knew that her skincare routine had to be an expertly curated collection of over-performing products.
And that it is. Whiteley just revealed her entire current skincare routine on her namesake beauty website, Rose Inc. It involves 8 different skincare products, and each one is either a beloved classic or an inconspicuous luxury. Let's just say this made us add a few more things to our skincare shopping list, and it will probably do the same for you, too.
Before she even wets her face or picks up a single product, Whiteley reaches for a silk scrunchie. "First thing I'll do is tie my hair back," she says. "I'm sure you guys are all familiar with these amazing scrunchies from slip, but they're really great for me, cause regular hair bands crease my hair, and I don't want creases."
"I like to remove my eye makeup first with something really gentle." She opts for Bioderma's cult-classic micellar water, which she calls "one of the most gentle eye makeup removers I've ever used." It's beloved by makeup artists, beauty editors, and influencers thanks to its effective no-rinse formula. "I actually learned about this product backstage at a fashion show."
"If I've got stubborn makeup, which is often the case if I've come back from a shoot or...waterproof mascara...I'll actually use a little bit of oil." As such, she uses Kopari's Coconut Balm. "Coconut oil is great because it's on the more natural side. I always like to have a coconut oil in bathroom, because you can use it all over. You can put it in the bath; you can put it in your hair; it's such a versatile product, but it is really great for removing your makeup."
After removing her eye makeup with Bioderma (her makeup was "more on the natural side" that day), she gently presses a washcloth soaked in warm water into her skin. After that, she follows up with a cleanser. This time, it's iS Clinical's Honey Cleanser, which she says is new to her. "This product I just started using this week. iS Clinical is one of my favorite skincare brands, and they sent over this product to me. It's called the Warming Honey Cleanser, and if you've ever wondered what it might be like to wash your face with honey...it's basically like washing your face with honey."
"It's so beautiful," she continues. "It's really great because it's going to add a lot of hydration, it's incredibly gentle, and it's good for problematic skin types—like mine."
Next, she reaches for a rather under-the-radar luxury rose water for extra hydration and insurance that she removed every bit of cleanser. "I'm going to soak a cotton pad with this just to make sure I've gotten off all of the cleanser. Rosewater is of course, as everybody knows, really hydrating and cooling." She uses a tapping motion to "push" the rosewater into her skin with the cotton pad, noticing, "you can see how sensitive my skin can get just from removing my makeup, so I really do have to be gentle."
Lanolips is this really cool brand made in Australia, from an ingredient found in sheep's wool, and that sounds kind of if-y, but it's one of the most hydrating natural nutrients there is." For the sake of the video, she reaches for the strawberry flavor, although she says the Banana is her favorite.
Once her lips are plump and hydrated, she moves onto the serum step of her skincare routine. "It's packed full of vitamin C," she says, before adding "vitamin C is obviously great for brightening." This vitamin C serum in particular also has something called 'copper tripeptide growth factor,' which diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, as well as antioxidants to prevent new signs of aging from appearing.
Traditionally, the next step in a skincare routine would be moisturizer, by Whiteley admits that she sometimes skips moisturizer if she's completing her regimen during the day: "moisturizers can be a bit heavy for me," she says. So, she skips that step and moves on to eye cream—namely BareMinerals SkinLongevity Eye Cream. "I'm absolutely obsessed," she says. "As some of you know, I became the face of BareMinerals in the summer last year. They're one of my favorite natural brands, because really they're like the OG of clean beauty."
The final step in the supermodel's skincare routine is a spritz of Tata Harper's Face Mist. "It's obviously very hydrating, very cooling, and it smells incredible," she says. "It will just sort of set everything and make you look really dewy and luminous." That is the goal of a good skincare routine, no?
After brushing up her eyebrows with an old toothbrush (we like that ingenuity), she's finished with her routine. "Some of these products are definitely investment products," she says. "They're products I've tried and tested and work for me." Like we said, after seeing this, we have a few more products on our must-try list.
Watch Rosie Huntington-Whiteley detail her skincare routine IRL, by watching the video, below.
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