Face Time | Olivia Wilde

For me, the highlight of the Tribeca Film Festival was making up the lovely Olivia Wilde for the premiere of the documentary she produced, “Baseball in the Time of Cholera.” It follows the effects of a cholera outbreak on a young Haitian athlete named Joseph and the scandal surrounding the United Nation’s involvement in the affair. It was a special evening for her because it’s a film she is very proud of. You may have caught a glimpse of her looking gorgeous in Revlon’s latest ads. Between blush and mascara, Wilde and I chatted about what it’s like to be a global brand ambassador for Revlon and much more.

T.T.: Of the makeup looks you’ve sported for Revlon so far, is there one you are especially fond of?

O.W.: Yes! The Gucci Westman summer collection shoot was really fun. I got to be a sort of tropical, colorful and bronzed version of myself, which made me excited about summer. I really loved the color combination Gucci came up with: a teal eye shadow and a coral lipstick, colors I find difficult to combine on my own. They’re bold and exotic. I’m looking forward to experimenting and having fun with the collection.

T.T.: Is there a Revlon product you have fallen in love with?

O.W.: I use the PhotoReady Foundation almost every day, and their lip glosses are fantastic.

T.T.: What does your typical daytime makeup consist of?

O.W.: Usually for daytime, I mix Revlon Colorstay or PhotoReady Foundation with a little moisturizer for a lighter look, while still evening out my skin tone. I use a concealer like YSL Touche Eclat. For a more affordable highlighter, the Revlon Eye Brightener works really well. I’ve been using the new Revlon Lip Butters on my lips; they’re so moisturizing.

T.T.: Do you have a favorite face cleanser?

O.W.: I always use Cetaphil cleanser. I also like their moisturizer.

T.T.: I notice you have gone much blonder. Who does your color?

O.W.: I go to Sally Hershberger. I am really enjoying being a blonde! And I’ve also been letting my bangs grow out.

T.T.: What hair-care products are you using?

O.W.: Since the color, my hair has been a little dryer, so I have to kick it up a notch in terms of hair care. I recently discovered the Shu Uemura Moisture Line, which is excellent. They sell it at Sally Hershberger’s salon. I use the moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and the hair mask has been a lifesaver since I went blond — it’s great!

T.T.: What is your favorite fragrance?

O.W.: Every time someone asks me this, it’s the longest one to answer, because I’m so into fragrance. Believe it or not, I’m a big fan of patchouli oil. I know it’s not a universally liked fragrance. I usually combine it with other essential oils — I have many mixtures I like.

T.T.: Your eyebrows always look striking: perfect frames for your beautiful eyes. Do you have any brow tips or tricks you can share?

O.W.: I do not tweeze my eyebrows. I’ve been letting them grow out for years. I try to fill them in wherever nature has abandoned me. I’ve been going for a slightly lighter shade of brow color lately, with my lighter hair. I just fill in under the arch and soften them up a bit. My natural brows are quite pointy. I soften them so I look less like some evil Disney queen!

T.T.: When you’re filming and getting a full face of makeup on a daily basis, is there a regimen you follow to keep your skin healthy?

O.W.: If I have time, I’ll go for an occasional facial. If not, I just make sure to remove the makeup thoroughly at the end of the day. I usually wash my face twice. First, to remove all the makeup, and then again to really give my face a good scrub. I like to get it clean at the end of a workday on set, using a good hot towel. When I don’t have to wear makeup, I don’t, in order to give my skin a rest.

T.T.: To stay in shape, are you more of a yoga person or a hiker/runner?

O.W.: I’m more of a yoga/hiker, take out the runner! Actually, I’m going to run on May 5 for the Revlon Run/Walk for Women. I think I will walk, because if you run you can’t talk to people! Emma Stone and I were chatting the other night, and she said, “Are you going to run? I’m not going to run!” We’ll both be pulling up the rear. But yeah, I love yoga and hiking — I think that’s the perfect combo.

T.T.: What foods do you include in your diet on a regular basis?

O.W.: Well, I’m one of those weird people who actually loves healthy foods! For instance, I love kale. It’s like a treat for me. I’m lucky that my palate lends itself to healthy food.

T.T.: What is on your feet most: sneakers, flats, boots or heels?

O.W. Sneakers. I wear Converse every day.

T.T.: When it comes to your wardrobe, are there certain designers you lean toward?

O.W.: Depending on the occasion, I’ll go with very different designers. To go out at night and to feel really fashionably fabulous, I love Gucci. And if I were going to more of a work or business-chic kind of thing, I really love Helmut Lang. For daytime I go for Isabel Marant.

T.T.: Is there a certain type of jewelry you like?

O.W.: I really like organic-looking jewelry. I go through phases of enjoying different shades and metals. I’m more into silvers these days. I love all metals, though, and have a soft spot for hammered metal jewelry. I’m not so into colored stones. I like things that are very simple — it’s the same with my taste in flower arrangements. I don’t like lots of colors grouped together. I like one simple color, and one simple flower.

T.T.: When you have been working hard, do you have a favorite way to relax and unwind?

O.W.: I’m always revitalized when I get back to New York after a job. If I could work here all the time, that would be a dream come true. Working or not, it’s always good to come to New York for inspiration, as it provides a good dose of energy and culture. That said, I am dying to escape to somewhere tropical soon!

NYTimes.com

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