Rosie HW Shares the Skincare Routine Behind Her Flawless Complexion

Rosie Huntington-Whitely headshot
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In the biggest plot twist in history, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley says she doesn't have naturally flawless skin. (We always just assumed she did, thanks to never seeing a single blemish on her complexion in all the years that she's been in the public eye.) "I'm actually not blessed with perfect skin at all," Whiteley said in an interview with W magazine. "I break out a lot, I have sensitive skin, and for me, one of the things I found is finding those products that work and that your skin loves."

That's kind of mind-blowing information, right? It also makes us want to get the scoop on her skincare routine even more than we did before. Thankfully, she dished on all of it—including the product she finds to be incredibly underrated, the one she never leaves the house without wearing, and those that she uses to complete a full makeup look in only five minutes. Here are some of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's favorite skincare products.

Beauty Elixir 1 oz/ 30 mL
Caudalie Beauty Elixir $18

By now, she's mastered a simple skincare routine. "For me, good skin starts with a great skincare routine, having a facial as often as needed and staying out of the sun. Those are three things that I notice make a difference, in addition to eating well, sleeping well and a good diet," she said.

As for the products she relies on, she called the Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($18) a "miracle" due to its versatility. "I discovered Caudalie backstage at a fashion show like 10 years ago. It's been one of those products that I've really kept with me ever since. It's a product you can use all day, every day throughout your day. There's no right or wrong way to use it, and it just feels incredible." This isn't surprising considering that she's an ambassador for the brand.

"It's such a revival for the skin. It's a great way to set makeup. I love it use on a hot day, or even just to have one in my handbag. It's brilliant for traveling, it's fantastic for keeping the skin supple and glowy and moisturized during flights and certainly great when you're landing after a long red-eye."

Beauty Elixir 1 oz/ 30 mL
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution $10

Another French skincare product that she loves, this time a pharmacy product, is Bioderma's micellar water. "For me, it would be a great makeup remover because I'm often wearing so much makeup and I find that if I don't take my makeup off with something really, really gentle, I'll break out or get really irritated eyes. Bioderma is a product, that again I discovered backstage at a fashion show, and it's just great for taking makeup off with water."

All of Bioderma's micellar products are Byrdie-approved. They're also beloved by makeup artists and celebs like Victoria Beckham.

Anti-aging Primer
Dr. Barbara Sturm and Monika Blunder Anti-Aging Primer $85

When she's not removing her makeup, she's applying a quick glowy base using a few effortless and luxurious products. the first one she uses, and the one she never leaves the house without, is this primer by Dr. Barbara Sturm.

"I've been using a primer from Dr. Barbara Sturm. She did a collaboration with a makeup artist and friend of mine, Monika Blunder, so after I've done my skincare routine I'll apply a little primer on my skin, which gives a lovely glow," Whiteley says.

Next, she applies concealer, either YSL Touche Eclat ($30) or Clé de Peau Concealer ($73). After a bit of mattifying powder, specifically one from Geurlain—we're thinking it's the Lingerie de Peau Powder ($69)—some bronzer, and mascara, she's out the door. "And that's usually it. That's my five-minute face."

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