Skin Deep: In Lily Collins’s Beauty Regimen, Rules Do Apply


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The actress Lily Collins, whose latest film, “Rules Don’t Apply,” comes out later this month, says she is fascinated with how beauty and skin care are treated in other countries.

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In her latest film, “Rules Don’t Apply” (out on Nov. 23), Lily Collins, 27, plays an aspiring actress, but in real life her career is red-hot. Along with the film (and three more movies arriving in 2017), she has written a memoir titled “Unfiltered,” to be released in March. Raised mostly in Los Angeles, Ms. Collins spent summers in England, where her father, the musician Phil Collins, lives. Here, she shares her skin-care and beauty regimen.

Skin Care

First, I splash cold water on my face just to wake me up. Then I use the Lancôme Énergie de Vie line. I’m an ambassador for the brand, so I’ve tested the products. These are the ones that work for me because I feel they brighten, and the finishes aren’t sticky. I use the facial wash, the toner gel and a cream. Then I always put on a sunscreen.

There’s no California tan about me. People assume I can’t tan, but I actually can. I went on a trip to Hawaii when I was younger and came back so tan that people were like, “What happened?” It’s just not something I actively do. I want to embrace my ivory. I’ve been using a Kiehl’s sunscreen, which is super-light and doesn’t have a fragrance.

During the day, I’m constantly reapplying hand cream. My grandma used to do it all the time, so maybe I got it from her. I love the smell of rose, and there’s a Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream with a rosewater scent that I have with me everywhere. It’s so silky, and it makes your cuticles look amazing.

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For night, I do the same process, but depending on how dry my skin is, I might do one of the Lancôme Génefique masks. If I’m feeling dry, I’ll also put liquid coconut oil on my body. I just get it at Whole Foods.

Morning or night, I love putting mint or spearmint oil on my temples and the back of my neck. There’s this aromatherapy quality of both easing tension and waking you up. I have one by Saje that’s called Peppermint Halo. It’s an insanely incredible product. It comes in a rollerball and makes your skin feel like it’s on fire and is cooling at the same time.

Makeup

When I’m off duty, I wear very little. My motto is the less there is on you, the less there is to go wrong. If I am wearing makeup, I love the Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow. It’s so luminous. And it lets my freckles still shine through. If I need it, I do the Armani powder, too. The important thing, especially in L.A., is that nothing looks coated on. You’ve got the sun and pollution already, so you don’t want more stuff clogging you up.

Then I always do a swipe of mascara. Then my brows. I’m very thankful the whole big brow look is an “in” thing now. I’m like, “Everybody keep embracing them.” They do need to be tamed on occasion. I use the clear Great Lash mascara from Maybelline for that.

I always wear lip balm. I love Smith’s Rosebud Salve. I’m constantly reapplying. If I’m going out, I may throw on a bit of blush and a lip. I really love the YSL lip colors. I’ll go for a deep plum. It works with my pale complexion and dark hair. It may take me a while to get it perfect. I’m no makeup genius.

Hair

I’ve kind of lost track of my natural color. I just got back to brown from watermelon-red. That was for a role. I was shooting a movie in Korea, and my character’s name is Red. It’s nice to be back to brown because I know the makeup colors that work.

But my hair has been through so much. There’s the coloring, but I’ve also been doing a lot of period pieces, and they’re always curling my hair. Kérastase, I’ve used the products forever. I use its Bain Force line, which is for repairing. If I want extra volume, I use the Shu Uemura Fiber Lift. If I’ve gone a couple days without washing it, I’m the biggest fan of the Oribe hair sprays, whether it’s the beach spray or the dry shampoo.

Fragrance

There are three scents I gravitate toward. There’s rose, and there’s bergamot, which is in a lot of the things I like. The other one is oud. Growing up, I was always drawn more to deeper smells than super-feminine ones. When I dabble in essential oils, I like a mix of all three. Many I get by wandering the aisles at Whole Foods.

But when I travel, I love to go to apothecaries. When I was in Korea, there were some amazing stores. Or I’ll go to Abbot Kinney in Venice, where there are wonderful little boutiques. I have the biggest array of oils and hand creams. Some people are obsessed with shoes and bags. I’m obsessed with my little collection.

Diet and Fitness

I’ve always loved being active, and I used to do sports — basketball, soccer, volleyball — growing up. Now I love running, biking and swimming. I also go to these dance-cardio classes at Body by Simone. The trainers are so empowering, it doesn’t matter if you can’t dance well.

I’ve always been a healthy eater. In England, it was basically eating at the farm. Bangers and mash, of course, but it was very much about fresh, healthy food. L.A. is ideal for that. I don’t eat red meat. I’m big on chicken, fish and vegetables. It’s a way of life for me. I don’t think about it as a diet.

Other Services

I have always loved massages, and hot-stone massages are one of my favorites. When I was little, my dad used to stay at the Peninsula in L.A., and I grew up knowing everyone there. I started going back for the spa. I always ask for my girl Jessica.

I’m also fascinated with how beauty and skin care are treated in other countries. I had a really incredible experience when I was in Taiwan. It was my last day, and my friend and I went to this house where they treat you on the floor. They wash your feet, and there was an amazing massage, and then we had tea.

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