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Emmanuelle Chriqui Interview: The Entourage Actress on Makeup, Hair, and Beauty

Emmanuelle Chriqui Talks Inner and Outer Beauty

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.


spicyaroma spicyaroma 9 years
She seems so nice & genuine and she's a natural beauty! :)
pinkserendipity pinkserendipity 9 years
lovelie, thanks for the recommendation on paulaschoice! i just ordered a batch of products and am looking forward to getting great results.
NIC84 NIC84 9 years
Thanks Bella and lovelie!! =)
lovelie lovelie 9 years
NIC84...actually, if you are at all interested in glycolic acid, go to and she has amazing products, both BHA and AHA that really really help the tone and texture of your skin. I have very oily skin which sometimes leads to really stubborn blackheads and paulas choice is my savior!
audreystar audreystar 9 years
yeah she should have shopped around for different moisturizers until she found one that didn't break her out. she makes no mention of putting sunscreen on her face. when she hits 40 she is really going to see the difference in her face of not wearing a sunscreen.
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
yeah, I'm sure it helps that she is so beautiful on the outside - that always makes it easier to feel good about yourself. anyways, she does sound really cool and down-to-earth though...
emalove emalove 9 years
I disagree with her non-moisturizing tip too, Carhornsinapril.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
NIC84, I think she means like a glycolic-acid lotion. You can buy these inexpensively at the drugstore.
NIC84 NIC84 9 years
I have oily skin and I'm always looking for tips on how to stay matte. Does anyone know what she means by a "glycolic layer"??
elmosisi elmosisi 9 years
i think its cool what she said about the holllywood pressure and think its nice that somebody pretty as her could say that but then at the same time if someone is that pretty and thin then they wouldnt even understand the pressure on those of us who are not that way
md12398 md12398 9 years
she sounds really sweet. but i couldn't disagree more about her moisturizer tip!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Sounds like she has a good head on her shoulders. Nice to see people stay grounded in hollywood
Tokyosugar Tokyosugar 9 years
She's beautiful! I totally agree about the moisture cremes. I too have oily skin.
geenah geenah 9 years
aww she seems like a genuine kind of girl :] i loved what she said about handling hollywood and pressure
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