Skin Deep: Alia Shawkat Owns Her Curly-Haired Cool
Alia Shawkat, known for her role as Maeby Fünke in “Arrested Development,” grew up working in Hollywood. Now 27, Ms. Shawkat never fell prey to the homogeneous beauty standards imposed by the industry, and she is comfortable with her own curly-haired hipster look. Her new comedy, called “Search Party,” just had its debut on TBS, and she will appear in the movie “20th Century Women,” out later this month. Born in Palm Springs, Calif., she now lives in Los Angeles.
Here, the actress shares her favorite beauty finds.
I wash my face with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser. Then I put on moisturizer — I use this blue cream by Darphin — and Supergoop sunblock. The way I discover products, I go into the store to get the same one I have, and if someone there recommends something nicer, I’ll get that. There’s a store in Larchmont I like, called the Larchmont Beauty Center. It’s like a mom-and-pop place.
I don’t do eye cream, but my favorite lip balm is by Bioderma. Makeup artists use the brand a lot. If I’m traveling, I like this face spray by Yon-Ka. It’s like a milky toner that I put on my face all day. I’m really into a face spritz.
Sometimes I do those jelly face masks that feel kind of wet on. I mix it up for brands. It just depends on what nice option I have with me. There’s also this thing called NuFace. It’s like a little machine. My makeup artist uses it, and I want to get one for myself. It takes away bloating and keeps the blood moving.
I never wear foundation. I have good skin for the most part. I’m always hydrating my face, though, and I do as much steam room time as possible. I think it helps get all the bad stuff out. But recently I was traveling a lot and, sadly, I smoked cigarettes. I’ll get a blemish here and there, and I’ll pick at it. I’m lucky I have a lot of freckles.
Mainly I put Laura Mercier bronzer on my cheeks. Then I use a clear mascara to put my brows up and go over my eyelashes. I don’t even know the brand. I love a lip tint. I have this really nice one from Vincent Longo. It’s dark cherry-colored, and when I put it on, it looks like I made out with someone, which is my main lipstick goal.
If I’m going out, I’ll fill in my eyebrows. I use a Kevyn Aucoin stick. I might do a highlighter. I use one by Hourglass that comes in powder form, and there are three different luminescent shades. Sometimes I’ll just fill in my brows and leave everything else bare except for touches of highlighter. I think that’s the chicest.
I used to wear more makeup when I was younger, but now I know what works. Growing up in this industry, you’re naturally affected by its beauty standards. You have a job where your presentation is often the focus. It’s always about whether you’re the right look or not. So you naturally compare yourself to others.
I kind of exhausted my insecurities when I was a teenager. For me, growing up on the camera, those insecurities were all heightened. But that’s faded. Now I’m confident in the way I look, and I’m very specific in the way I like to dress. Nowadays especially, when the skinny model type is always wanted and desirable, it’s important to create your own style and rock it out. I’ve been cast in certain parts now because of the unique way I look.
My hair dries nice and curly. I like to wear it curly. When I straighten it, people don’t recognize me.
Sabina Yannone has been cutting my hair for years. I was sent to a salon where she was working — it’s no longer open — to get my hair colored for a job. We hit it off. She’s great with curly hair. For the last three years or so, I’ve had a more specific hairstyle, which is a round, curly shape. She discovered this look for me. It’s a little cartoon-esque.
Right now, it’s a little shaggier, but it’s the same shape. I use an Oribe shampoo and conditioner. One’s in a green bottle, and one’s in a purple bottle. Then I let it dry, and I try to shape it. I use the Oribe styling cream and texturizing spray, which is one of the best things, and then use my fingers to make the shape.
I wear D. S. & Durga Italian Citrus every day. It smells a little masculine and a little feminine. It really matches me.
I do Korean spas in L.A. They’re so affordable, and you can spend a whole day in there. They beat the hell out of you and are not precious with you. You walk out of there and your skin is a different color. The specific place I go to, my friend and I were like, ‘We’ve got to stop telling people about it.’ The whole point is that it’s not too packed.
Diet and Fitness
I enjoy food so much. I’ll eat healthy, but I also just like to eat good food. It’s not necessarily health-conscious.
Whenever I’m in L.A., I work out a lot. I go to LEKfit. It’s run by this woman named Lauren who used to be a dancer. I love classes where you pretend like you’re dancing. You also get on these tiny trampolines, and I’ve never sweat so much. It’s super-aerobic and is really great for your butt. I even bought a little trampoline for home. But the minute I leave town, I forget all about my workout routine.
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