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5 minutes with... Olivia Wilde part 2
bh: What is the best beauty trick that you can divulge?
Olivia: Well something that I’ve really found helpful is something that I got from my make-up artist Melanie Englaises, which is that when using the beauty blender sponge, dampen it before you use it, because it makes the blending much easier and means the sponge doesn’t soak up all the foundation so you end up wasting far less.
bh: So you’ve done blonde hair, you’ve been brunette, you’ve done balayage – which is your favourite hair colour?
Olivia: Somehow my favourite hair colour ended up being my natural hair colour, which I didn’t expect. It’s kind of consistent with what I’ve learnt about beauty, which is that you end up learning how to accentuate what you naturally have and my natural hair colour turned out to be not so bad. I’ve been wearing it for a while now and I kind of don’t mind it. It’s a light brown with a bit of red in it and some natural sun highlights. So it’s natural for now but there’s no telling what I’ll do next. And of course in my line of work we end up dying our hair a few times a year for different roles.
bh: Would you every try a Florence welsh type red? Like a really bright red?
Olivia: Yeah! I have been red, not for a long time and you know the thing with red is that you have to change the colour of your foundation to counteract the red that it brings out in your skin. With all hair colours, I think you have to adjust your make-up slightly.
bh: Do you have any hair disaster stories that you’re happy to share?
Olivia: I have so many. Once I was dying from blonde to dark brown for a film and it turned green. Like a really sewerage green, somehow with a black strip around the middle, I have no idea why but it was really tragic.
bh: Do you have a celebrity beauty icon?
Olivia: I have so many but I think that I always go back to Charlotte Rampling from the 70’s, just really sexy and classic. She was great at wearing lipstick and great with the subtlest amount of eye make-up. She just always looked so sultry and elegant. Then Katherine Hepburn if you go back a bit further and I would say the modern beauty icon for me is well, obviously, Kate Moss, who nails the effortless chic style, she’s amazing. Someone who’s current and always really stylish in all ways is Alexa Chung.
bh: Your eyes are amazing on their own but are there any specific products or shades that you use to make them stand out even more?
Olivia: I’ve found that purples are really good to bring out any green in your eye. So for me I love to use a purple shadow within a smoky eye or even kind of a dark purple liner. It really makes the colour pop.
(Olivia loves using the Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quads to create different looks. She uses Precocious for greys, Serene for blues, and Sea Mist for purples.)
bh: Is there a lipstick that you just can’t live without?
Olivia: I like to try different shades of lipstick depending on my mood. But what’s the greatest is the Ultimate Suede lipstick. It’s really moisturising which is really important because one thing you don’t want is to dry out your lips and another thing you don’t want is for it to move. So that’s why the colours in the Ultimate Suede lipstick are really great because they’ve got all different shades, plus they keep your lips healthy. And then when I don’t want to wear lipstick, I love to use the lip butter that Revlon makes and the crayon stains. There’s a lot of fun things you can do for your lips and I have so many different colours that I sometimes change it during the night.
bh: I read that you won a pancake eating competition in Australia, is that true and is that your secret to keeping fit?
Olivia: It is true! I was 16 so it was much, MUCH easier to eat lots of pancakes and not blow up and I did it just to prove a point of course, but I think now I try and do everything in moderation. I still love pancakes but it’s probably not everyday. I think it’s all about finding exercise that you actually enjoy and then eating kind of whatever you want. That’s the life I want to live, I’m really not good at abstaining from food. I don’t eat meat but that’s just a personal choice.
bh: What is something that most people don’t know about you?
Olivia: Most people don’t know that I am terrified of spiders. I’m kind of humiliated by it because I pretend to be pretty tough, but I am paralysed by spiders. I know you guys in Australia have really intense spiders and that’s why I find it hard to visit.
Is Olivia Wilde one of your beauty icons? Have you tried any Revlon products? If so, which is your favourite?