On her morning beauty routine:
"Because I wear so much makeup in the work I have to do, I'm pretty simple and pared down in real life. I try to focus on keeping my skin in good shape, and I wear in a ponytail most of the time. It makes my life easier, because I can navigate the world and not draw a lot of attention to myself. Oh, and a venti, nonfat extra-shot cappuccino—which is a beauty product, if you think about it."
On wearing less makeup as she gets older:
"When I was a teenager, I used to wear a lot of makeup, and it's weird, but wearing a lot of makeup when you're older makes you look older. You have to get a little craftier about the way that you put it on. It's not that I don't wear makeup; I just have to apply it with a lighter touch. There's also a certain amount of confidence that comes with getting older. When I was a teenager, I would just put on every color up to here — it was the '80s. But getting older and getting more confident in my face has made me want to wear less makeup."
On the best secrets she's been given by a makeup artist:
"The makeup artist that worked on Pretty in Pink told me that when you put your base on, always go like this [looks down, drops chin] so you get your chin. So many people get their face, but they forget their neck and don't blend.
Somebody also told me a trick today about cheeks. She said to think of them like Neapolitan ice cream sandwiches: vanilla, strawberry, chocolate. So white on top, pink on the apples, and shading on the bottom. Then blend, blend, blend."
On her new book:
"I wanted to write about being an 'It' woman instead of an 'It' girl, and I wanted to write a book where people felt good reading it and empowered. We get to our 40s, and it's the time we take control of our lives; everything happened to me after 40. When you turn 40 is really when you become a woman."
On whether redheads have more fun:
"I think redheads get a pass, because redheads are more uncommon. So they always say things like, 'She's got that fiery personality, because she's a redhead.' You can get away with a lot when you're a redhead. There's a group of people that prefers blondes, there's a group that prefers brunettes, and there's a small group of people that prefer redheads. But they are so rabid, and they love redheads so much. My husband adores redheads, so I sort of lucked out there. "
On her biggest beauty mishap:
"Once, I set my eyelash curler down on a set of hot rollers; I was in a rush, so I used them. Immediately, my eyelashes fell out. So I didn't have eyelashes for a while — only on one eye, of course.
In my book, I also write about shaving off half my eyebrows. My mother said "Don't over-tweeze your eyebrows because they'll never grow back." Of course, if she hadn't said that I probably wouldn't have done it. So I shaved them and they really don't grown back. I mean they did eventually — it took about three years — but they just weren't the same."