You may know Emmanuelle Chriqui from her role in Entourage or in her new movie, You Don't Mess With the Zohan. To say she's a beauty would be an understatement, especially because I love what she has to say about Hollywood's focus on appearance. Fab talked with her about fashion, and I've got the scoop on everything from her skin-care secrets to her thoughts on feeling confident. Read on!
Do you wear makeup every day?
Not when I go to the gym. When I know I have things to do later that night, I know I’m not going to take a shower until later. So I just wash my face and put on deodorant. Other than that, I am super-casual: I walk around LA in flip flops and sweatpants all the time, with my hair on top of my head. I don’t think about it very much until it’s time for me to get ready. If I have meetings or auditions, I am pretty natural, but I do wear makeup. I always wear foundation — I just like the smoothness of it — but it’s always natural. I don’t like to look made-up.
What is the best beauty advice you have ever received?
I used to have crazy skin problems. Everyone always tells you to wear moisturizer, but my biggest beauty secret was that I stopped wearing moisturizer. I had such oily skin that I didn’t need more moisture; it was contributing to my breakouts. So I swear by anti-bacterial soap, under-eye cream, and at night a glycolic layer over my face. And stay away from moisturizer if you have oily skin.
To find out what she does to keep her hair looking so thick and full, read more.
I love your hair. How do you keep it healthy?
I’m pretty low-maintenance and I don’t color my hair. The woman that puts extensions in my hair for the movies and stuff is amazing. Even though I had extensions for four months, when I took them out I didn’t even need to trim my hair. She is just really amazing. I think it is really important to be careful when choosing the person who works on your hair. But I blow-dry my hair, I wash my hair maybe twice a week. I know I don’t get greasy hair. I bet that contributes to something!
It seems like Hollywood’s beauty ideals are getting harder and harder to live up to. Do you ever feel pressure to look a certain way? How do you handle it?
I’m really adamant about doing what is right for you; don’t do what everyone else is doing. That has always been my thing. Part of me always really rebels against all of that on every level. As far as all that pressure, I think it’s such baloney. All these people look amazing because they all have people to help them. Nobody rolls out of bed looking that way. I think it is so important for young girls to know that. And to [need to] be skinny — that’s ridiculous! It’s about being healthy and eating well, and then things that make you feel good. It doesn’t help that the media, especially in America, is so intense with stuff like that. I just surround myself with honest people; it doesn’t serve you well to have someone say “That’s great!” when it’s not. Positive people and positive energy makes you feel positive.