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,
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.