The Mentalist star Emmanuelle Chriqui dishes on her beauty secrets, favorite designers and which celeb she’d die to trade closets with right now.
When Emmanuelle waltzed into our interview (fresh off the red carpet from the Golden Globes), she looked absolutely radiant in a super-hot Max Mara jumpsuit and sky-high black heels, beyond excited to chat with us about her beauty must-haves and what drives her style choices.
As we were testing and playing with some of her most covetable Mineral Fusion products — everything from revitalizing body lotion to the prettiest nail polishes — the former Entourage glamour girl filled us in on her beauty routine, favorite red carpet moments and more!
SheKnows: What is your number one secret for keeping your skin glowing?
Emmanuelle Chriqui: Washing off my makeup every night before I go to bed! It’s so important. I’m a big skin girl. I also love to get body scrubs when I can, and use the Mineral Fusion Waterstone Lotion that is clinically proven to keep skin hydrated for 24 hours!
SK: How do you keep your hair looking fabulous and healthy?
EC: I love Mineral Fusion’s Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. If I use a shampoo that’s made of unnatural products, it makes my hair limp, and I don’t have that problem with this!
SK: Who are some of your favorite red carpet fashion designers?
EC: I definitely haven’t worn some of my favorite designers. Dior makes some sick gowns. I also love Balmain. Obsessed. If I could wear that all the time, I would love it. It’s sexy, but has that masculine edge to it. I also love vintage Halston and Calvin Klein.
SK: How would you describe your style?
EC: I like to be simple. A simple dress that just looks amazing on your body.
SK: Which celeb would you love to trade closets with if you could?
EC: You know who has the sickest style? Zoe Saldana! Stunning. Always simple, refined and sexy. She’s never trying too hard. Joy Bryant also has great style.
Most of us know Canadian-born Emmanuelle Chriqui from her role on “Entourage” as Sloane, and currently from starring opposite Simon Baker in “The Mentalist.” The actress is now making a name for herself in beauty by collaborating with Mineral Fusion on a natural products line. She believes in caring for the environment, partnering with great causes (including founding her own, Raise Hope for Congo), and kept those ideas in mind when choosing to endorse Mineral Fusion.
Mineral Fusion, “Minerals on a Mission,” leaves out harmful chemicals, while incorporating minerals like magnesium and copper to provide natural antioxidants for your skin. The products and their containers are sustainable by using wind power, soy inks, and using recycled materials. The brand has also partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to support women in need, as well as Raise Hope for Congo, which supports women who are victims of violence.
We caught up with the actress, who was wearing a great army-inspired MaxMara jumpsuit and Mineral Fusion grey nail polish in “State” while she promoted her new line for Mineral Fusion. She chatted with us about her favorite beauty tricks and products, and the beauty fads that she’ll never try again.
Beauty High: What is your beauty routine like?
Emmanuelle Chriqui: I religiously wash my face, no matter what. I can’t fall asleep properly if I don’t wash my face. I’m a big skin girl, and love to get body scrubs when I can. This Mineral Fusion lotion in “Waterstone” is my favorite – it smells incredible.
Talk to us about the eco-friendly aspect of the brand.
I am really inspired to be as green-conscious as I can be. It’s really important to do our part more than ever, and I feel like we’re really seeing this in the food industry, in health and wellness, and that cosmetics is next. Skin is the largest organ that we have: we ingest so much through our skin, so many toxins, all the pollution that we live in. We need to make changes. What’s amazing about Mineral Fusion is that as an actress, I don’t need to compromise my morals with how amazing my makeup can look. I really believe that our brand should be mainstream. [Ed note: It's currently only being distributed by health food stores.]
What are some beauty gifting tips that you want to share with us?
People say that the greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of health. When you’re stumped on giving a gift, you can go to a spa and get someone a massage, you’ll never go wrong. I really believe the same is true if you’re stumped on a gift, you can give someone a body lotion and a body wash, and tell them that it’s really good for them, and that the packaging doesn’t hurt the planet, and that proceeds go to really important causes. I’m super excited about Mineral Fusion.
What are your favorite products from your Mineral Fusion line?
I have four: the volumizing shampoo and conditioner, the “Waterstone” body wash and the “Waterstone” body lotion. I bring those with me everywhere. Right now, I’m wearing the bronzer, the powder foundation, the black eyeliner (it does not smudge when you line your eyes and will not droop down your face) and then on my eyes, we played with the bronze eye-shadow trio called “Stunning.” The best blush on the planet is called “Creation.”
Are there any fun beauty tips that you’ve picked up on set?
Over the years, definitely. I’m a big fan of highlighting the brow bone and the cheeks. Certainly, when you’re really tired, stay away from the smoky eye, wear clean makeup on your face and do a bold lip instead. I’m a fan of the three-second nose job (shaping along the nose bone), and you suddenly have a new nose. A really great trick when you have a really bad pimple is to convert it into a beauty mark with a dark brown or black pencil and color it, and powdering it.
How do you style your hair on a daily basis?
I would love to not do anything – it’s just too much. Nine times out of ten, I have my hair up. I happen to love the slicked back ‘do. Either a side part, or a part down the middle, and back in a ponytail. I think it looks so nice with a small face. I’m grateful that I can put my hair up because I don’t have stick-out ears. I’m very low-maintenance, and have an amazing hairdresser. I’ve been playing with hair color, but even with that, I’ll do it for fun and choose something that I won’t have to keep up. It can grow out and it’ll be great too because there aren’t enough hours in the day to spend forever on your hair.
What’s the best beauty advice you’ve been given?
Less is more. I really believe that. Being an actor and having so much attention focused on one’s beauty, it’s so important to know that it’s all an illusion. This idea of perfect and flawless doesn’t exist, it’s an illusion. I love the idea of letting your inner radiance speak instead, I think that’s far more powerful than anything. You can see somebody who looks okay, but then they’ll have the greatest personality, and inevitably by the end, you’ll say to yourself, “God, you’re beautiful.” It’s important to let your skin breathe and not cover yourself in a mask of makeup. If you have pretty eyes, play up your eyes. Also, as you age, less is definitely more. The more creases you get, you just look busted when you have too much makeup on!
What’s your makeup routine?
After the shower, I put concealer on my nose and under my eyes. Whereas before, I used to smother my entire face in foundation. Now, it’s minimal with bronzer, mascara, and a neutral lip color. If I want to be a little saucy, I’ll rim the inside. That’s about it most days.
Do you find that what you eat effects your skin and your hair?
A million percent. You are what you eat. The more water you drink, and the more fruits and vegetables you eat, and the less junk you put in your system, it shows on your skin. Try an experiment: go on a plane ride and not drink any water, and just drink your soda and coffee. Go to sleep, wake up, and look at yourself in the mirror. And then the next time you fly, drink tons of water and hydrate your skin, and you can see the difference. It’s unbelievable. Personally, I choose to eat (when I eat meat), as organic as often as possible, and I eat fish that have a lower mercury content. I want to do those things because it’s all connected. I like to support little farms and organic foods. It just tastes better, it feels better, and it makes you look better.
Have you tried BB creams?
I’m still figuring them out. I tried Mineral Fusion’s non-tinted one. I’m still dabbling with the balms and creams because I’m nervous. I’ve had really oily skin that’s acne prone. Initially, I would see oils in products and I wouldn’t go near them. Now, with this [Mineral Fusion] facial toner, I’m addicted to it because this one is all good stuff.
Do you follow a special regimen for acne?
I, with the exception with today, eat 90% gluten-free because I have a high intolerance to it, and it makes me break out. My 10% is brownies, and that kind of stuff. Basically, the more I can eat clean, the better it is for me in general. But I’m a foodie too, so I’m going to pick my days to cheat, and enjoy whatever I’m eating.
Has there been a beauty trend that hasn’t worked for you?
I’ve tried the blue or green eye-shadow thing, and it just doesn’t work. I stick to neutrals, black or brown, grey maybe, or purples. The overly frosted eyelid looks bad on me. I’ve definitely seen pictures of me in that! There are trends that I just don’t have the courage to do that I think would be fun. There was a trend in the ’90s that I thought was so cool, but looking back I think to myself, “Why didn’t anyone tell me!” It was the dark lined lips with a nude lipstick. I thought it was so fabulous, and I look at pictures now, and I think, “That was so crazy.”
Is there a beauty trend that you want to try out?
I love experimenting – it’s fun, especially with photo shoots I’m not very experimental in my everyday, though. I’m a jeans and t-shirt girl, at heart. My fun comes in doing fun things with characters where you can transform yourself. I’ll get inspired by different things, like I would love to shave my head, but am I going to do it? No. I love the half-shaved head, I think it’s so hot, but I would never do it unless it would be for a part.
Earlier today, Emmanuelle Chriqui stopped by ABC News to talk about her current projects! Check out the interview below.
Emmanuelle Chriqui, the French-Morrocan-Jewish smokeshow everyone fell in love with on Entourage, is expanding her career to makeup. She’s the new face of Mineral Fusion, a small, all-natural, mineral makeup line sold predominantly in health food stores like Whole Foods. “Being an actor, endorsements come your way left, right, and center, so I’m very particular about what I put my name on. And I really, truly love this brand,” she told us. Chriqui recently sat down with me to share her best beauty secrets.
What drew you to this brand? “The products really work. You know, there are some beautiful foundations out there—my favorite is Armani Silk Foundation, it’s beautiful. But the fact is, I was getting beautiful, velvety coverage from Mineral Fusion. And it’s not full of aluminum and crazy stuff for your skin. I wear it on the red carpet and it photographs great.”
Have you always been interested in makeup? “Always, since I was a kid. My mom was an esthetician and she went to beauty school back in the ’60s. I just remember watching her do her makeup all the time. She always had her nails done, makeup on—her face was ready to go when she went out. I loved it. And I loved doing it. My sister let me do her makeup for the prom. And my friends, to this day, will come over and be like ‘Can you do my makeup?’ It’s fun.”
What about your male costars on Entourage—did you give them beauty tips too? “I worked mostly with Kev on that show. The others guys I saw in passing. But I tell you, Kevin Dillon has the eye. At every premiere or anything, he’d be like ‘Oh my god, look at that dress, you always, always look great from head to toe.’ The other guys would be like, ‘Oh hey, you look nice.’ As far as grooming, I would just remember to pay my guys a compliment. Like, ‘Oh, looking handsome today.'”
What’s the best tip you’ve picked up on set? “I’m a big fan of highlighter. It makes you feel more awake. I’m a big fan of bronzer too. I think it makes everyone look great. If I’m doing red carpet, I’ll do my bronzer under my cheekbones and down the sides of my nose. It makes your nose look less wide.”
Do you tend to play up your eyes or lips? “When I do dark lips I feel like it makes my nose look big. That’s just me. I’m an eyes girl. I love lashes and eyeliner.”
Has seeing yourself on camera changed the way you do your makeup? “One of the biggest things I learned from set is less is more. Let your skin breath, let it come out. We have this idea of perfection that is so unrealistic. We are our own worst enemy. No one is noticing that little scar.”
How do you prep your skin for awards season? “Generally for red carpet, I love to relax first. I love to work out. I love to eat well, drink tons of water beforehand, so on the night of the red carpet I feel good and ready to go. I also love to get a good body scrub. I go to a Korean day spa in LA for a super basic salt scrub. It draws toxins out of you so that must do something for your energy.”
And what do you do to workout? You were recently spotted at a class with Jenna Dewan-Tatum. “We went to a dance class that kicked my ass. It was fierce. I generally circuit train and do pilates.”
Emmanuelle Chriqui is the Montreal-born, Toronto-raised star of Entourage and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.
She is currently working on several films between recurring episodes of The Mentalist, and the former AskMen.com’s “most desirable woman” is now the face of natural cosmetics brand, Mineral Fusion. Chriqui lends her time to Raise Hope for Congo, is an activist with the Environmental Media Association and is the spokesperson for Colon Cancer Canada, but she took a few moments to meet with her (third) favourite writer.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Waking with an absolute sense of peace. Grounded, and ready to embrace the day without fear.
What is your greatest extravagance?
A 90 minute massage every day. I don’t actually get it, but I would if I could.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Saving yourself for marriage.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
More than one thing, but I would have to say my legs. It’s like my upper and lower body belong to two different people, and no matter what I do, they don’t seem balanced.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could sing like an R&B diva and play the guitar like Jimmy Hendrix.
What is your most treasured possession?
My father’s ring. I can still see his hands.
Now I wear it on a chain around my neck.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
A few things: Confidence without cockiness, a good sense of humour and thoughtfulness.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
I love a woman that is empowered and in tune with her goddess energy. I find that inspiring.
What do you most value in your friends?
Unconditional love and loyalty. My friends accept that we have different lives, but they don’t judge and defend me when someone does.
I try to do the same for them.
Who are your favourite writers?
After Mike Benhaim? Hah! The author who’s had the most profound effect on me is probably Paulo Coelho, but I also really enjoy Khaled Hosseini.
He wrote The Kite Runner and 1000 Splendid Suns. Such a powerful storyteller.
Who are your heroes in real life?
That’s easy. My dad has always been my hero. He taught me all of life’s lessons with his words and actions.
He never complained, greeted the world with a smile and told me to live life fully and unapologetically. The most important qualities I possess, I owe to him.
What is it that you most dislike?
People whose fears keep them from venturing forward and living the life that they are meant to. It’s a waste of a precious existence.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Wow. There was a time after my mom died, when as a teenager, I could have gone down a darker path.
Instead, I managed to immerse myself in creative energy and stick to somewhat higher ground.
I am proud of how far I’ve come and how I am perceived by those who know me.
Tomorrow morning, Emmanuelle Chriqui and her “TRON: Uprising” co-stars Bruce Boxleitner and Tricia Helfer will be interviewed by EW.com during the Comic-Con live stream! Make sure to watch at EW.com at 9:30 AM (Pacific Time) for the interview!
Actress and EMA Young Hollywood Board member Emmanuelle Chriqui recently partnered with Green Works to bring awareness to The Reverse Graffiti Project, an epic urban cleaning initiative that reaches beyond the surface. Armed with the plant-based Green Works products, Japanese muralist Mr. Kiji transformed a busy (and very dirty) LA underpass into a beautiful work of art. If Green Works products can erase years of pollution to reveal eye-catching works of art, then imagine what it can do in your home.
Check out the Q&A below with Emmanuelle to learn more about this revolutionary project.
The campaign is all about small, everyday choices making a big impact. What are some of the ways you do this in your day-to-day routine?
I think small changes can be the most realistic because it can ease people in if they are just taking their first steps to be more environmentally conscious. I drive a hybrid car, recycle, take my reusable shopping bags to the store, buy organic and local, avoid using bottled water, among other steps.
The Reverse Graffiti Gallery includes installations from a LA underpass to the Broadway Tunnel in San Francisco; which is your favorite?
I think they are all pretty amazing, and I love the fact that you created art by removing the dirt from the walls in an environmentally sustainable way.
Do you have any tips for people who are wanting to make a change but don’t know where to start?
Everyone should try the things they are comfortable with – and home is a good place to start. We have daily green tips on www.ema-online.org to help get you started.
Early this morning, Emmanuelle Chriqui appeared on the “Breakfast Television Toronto” show. You can now watch her interview over at citytv.com!
Emmanuelle Chriqui was a guest on the ROZ & MOCHA show to talk Power of 2 and Entourage earlier today. You can listen to her interview below!
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