Emmanuelle Chriqui is one of the most beautiful women on TV, consistently landing on “best-dressed” and “hot” lists (she was named AskMen’s Most Desirable Woman of 2010) — but the Canadian babe doesn’t have a magic beauty wand to explain her good looks.
Instead, she credits good genes and and a natural beauty routine for her ever-youthful appearance.
“Honestly, a lot of is genetic! It’s for sure, ‘Thanks mom, thanks dad! I have olive skin too, which helps a lot,” she said.
Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, the Moroccan-Jewish beauty rose to fame for her role as Sloan on HBO’s ‘Entourage’ and as Lorelei Martins on ‘The Mentalist.’ She’s now the face of Mineral Fusion, a small cosmetics line that boasts all-natural ingredients, and is an activist with Raise Hope for Congo, an organization which brings awareness to the atrocities happening to the women and girls of the Congo.
StyleList Canada sat down with Emannuelle to chat about her best-kept beauty secrets, aging in Hollywood and why she’s a proponent of all-natural beauty.
How would you describe your signature beauty look?
I think there are two. There’s a more glamorous smokey eye I do for awards shows and red carpets, and then there’s the totally natural, bronzy, glowy mascara and nude lip I do most of the time when I’m not at an event.
How do you achieve a naturally bronzed look on the go?
I’m really super tan to begin with so it doesn’t take that much! I just use blush and bronzer. Mineral Fusion has a press powder foundation that I love that I use, that I generally don’t put all over — I just do the areas that need it. I prefer to let my skin breathe, unless of course I’m on a red carpet, in which case that’s a different story! Then, it’s just mascara and lipstick or gloss, and I’m good to go.
Has your beauty look changed over the years?
Yes. I used to struggle a lot with my skin and I would always hide it. I also didn’t have the right colour of foundation (which was terrible!). Looking back now I’m like, oh my god what was I thinking?
But now I think, as you age, less is more. If you wear a lot of makeup and you’re powdering, it goes in the lines and creases and it makes you feel tired and older, whereas if you keep your face cleaner it looks fresher and more youthful.
Do you have any anti-aging beauty tips?
Honestly, a lot of it is genetic. Thanks mom, thanks dad! Both my parents look very young for their age. I think having olive skin also helps a lot. I’m really oily, so I look at my girlfriends who are slathering on all these amazing products and I’m like, “I’d get a pimple!” I could never do that.
What’s your natural beauty secret?
There’s a beautiful facial mist and toner that I love to use, either after I wash my face or in the middle of the day, or even as just a refresher on my skin on the plane. It just hydrates really well, which is super important.
Why is ‘natural’ so important to you?
I’m a big believer that you need to treat yourself and the planet with the utmost respect. So I think what you eat, what you put on your skin, how you treat the earth, how you treat others — it’s just really important, and you have to be gentle.
Are there any big Hollywood names whose beauty whose beauty looks you admire?
I love Jennifer Lopez. I think I relate to the fact that she has olive skin, and she just has that sun-kissed glow down. It looks effortless and clean and it never looks caked on. I haven’t seen it in person, but certainly in photographs it looks amazing to me.
You used to live in Toronto, and you’ve been in L.A. for a while now. Has that changed your beauty routine at all?
Oh for sure, just based on weather alone. In California everything is so dry all the time. I’ve been living there for most of my adult life — almost 15 years — so any habit that I have now is borne out of living in California for sure.
California is so progressive in so many ways. Everything is easy to acquire whether its organic food, or all the new trends -– it’s so at your fingertips. So I definitely choose to play in that sandbox!
Do you have any worst fashion moments where you look back on the red carpet and you’re just like, ugh, what was I thinking?
Definitely. There was a moment in time when I got back from Brazil and I had these cargo pants that I thought were the coolest thing ever. And I wore them with a cropped shirt so I had my full tummy exposed. And I didn’t realize that my top was see-through. I was posing, feeling like I looked amazing. Now I look back at that picture and think, “How did no one tell me!”
But there were so many things — it wasn’t even just the see-through top. I was also wearing earrings that were wayyy too big. It wasn’t cute. It was very funny.
What’s a beauty trend you hate?
Definitely a beauty thing that I don’t get to save my life is when people insist on putting too dark of a blush on the apple of their cheeks. We’re not 12. I mean, it’s very strange to me. I don’t like that look when I see it.
Your mom studied to be an esthetician. Did she influence you at all with your feelings about makeup and beauty?
Definitely. I always saw her getting ready, and she was very coquettish. She always doing her makeup and her nails and getting dressed up — you know, she was never casual. So think I got most of that from her. I’m actually very casual by comparison, but the small coquettish side of me is definitely all from my mom.
I have updated our photo gallery with 112 HQ and MQ candid images of Emmanuelle Chriqui from September 2012 through April 2013.
Emmanuelle Chriqui is one of those rare celebrities who are truly beautiful inside and out.
The Canadian-born actress (who’s best known for her roles in Entourage and The Mentalist) has been deemed “sexiest celeb” and “most beautiful woman” by several publications, so it seems like a beauty deal would be inevitable. But Chriqui was extremely selective in choosing which beauty campaign to front.
Her decision? Mineral Fusion, a natural cosmetics brand committed to creating naturally effective, healthy and safe personal care products while contributing to the well-being of the community.
And in case you needed more proof that Chriqui is not just a pretty face: she’s also a supporter for sustainable and green living, an advocate against domestic violence towards women, and an activist for human rights in Congo. (We’d be a little jealous if we weren’t so impressed!)
Fresh from wrapping up Cleaners, a web series by Sony Picture’s Crackle where she plays a “kick-ass, bad-ass female assassin”, Chriqui stopped by the MSN Canada offices to spill her beauty secrets and teach us about living a more sustainable life:
styleswept: What made you decide to partner with Mineral Fusion?
Emmanuelle Chriqui: Mineral Fusion is just a brand that I really believe in and am incredibly impressed by. They really walk the walk and talk the talk. I’m naturally just a very conscious person – environmentally and otherwise. I eat organically and I’m very careful about what I put into my body. And when I met up with Mineral Fusion I was so impressed by their products and what they were all about that it just seemed like an absolute no-brainer to partner up together.
SS: Why is a green conscious lifestyle important to you?
E.C.: It’s important to me because we all have a responsibility. I think it should be important to everybody. I think some people feel that it’s not happening to them or something, and it is. And we are in a giant crisis…and soon we might not have planet earth to live on, so I really think this should be really important to everybody. We were talking about this earlier…ignorance is bliss. And when you start to learn about things, you can’t forget them. It almost haunts you. So, you know, it’s been a journey for me, and a really super enlightening one, but I’m far down the road. I couldn’t turn back at this point.
SS: When did you start this living this “green” lifestyle?
E.C.: About five to six years ago did I really go out of my way [to be eco-friendly]. You know my car…I drive a Prius. When I bought my place, I did it all environmentally[-friendly]…all of my paints were toxic-free, my mattress is made of non-toxic fibres, my rug is 100 per cent recycled… everything in my place could be recycled or came from recycled [products]. Nothing was purchased brand-new. I also recently installed a water system for my house so I’m not using plastic bottles.
SS: If people want to start living green, what is your advice?
E.C.: Don’t be overwhelmed. Start by just examining your everyday habits. So start small. When you leave the house, turn the lights out. Turn off the air conditioning. When you’re brushing your teeth, turn off the water. Don’t let it run. You don’t need to let your shower run for five minutes in the morning when you’re going in – unnecessary. It gets hot in three seconds! Recycle! [Something] that I do because it smells better and it’s just better for your health overall is [use green cleaning supplies]. I love Mrs. Meyers [products]. They’ve got lemon verbena and lavender [scents]…it’s amazing and it’s yummy!. Another really easy thing to do…your toilet paper, your Kleenex, your paper towel….go get seventh generation, or something that’s recycled.
The statistics are so astounding. We use more paper in North America than India. If India started using as much paper as we do, there’d be no more trees left on the planet. There are staggering, true statistics, that’s why I’m like, “No, no. EVERYBODY needs to do their part!”
But people also choose not to [know these things]. Ignorance is bliss! It’s like “Oh, you know what? I’m fine. I love my Charmin puffy, soft paper!” But you need to do your part! I don’t want to be preachy… it took me forever. And you might never be a green-green person, but eventually you’re just going to have to do the minimum.
SS: You also said that you eat organic. Could you tell us more about your diet?
E.C.: [My diet is] 75-80 per cent organic, and everything that I buy for my house is 100 per cent organic. I’m really picky…if I’m out and I’m eating meat, I can’t just eat chicken from wherever anymore. Instead, I’ll opt for a vegetarian meal. Or, if I know that it’s grass-fed beef or organic chicken, then I’ll eat it. Of course, sometimes I cheat, because sometimes it smells so good or I’m starving, but generally that’s my rule of thumb.
Let me say, by the way, I have leaps and bounds to go! I enjoy my life, very much. But I also really enjoy [this lifestyle]. It’s become a passion.
SS: Let’s go back to beauty. What are some of your favourite products from Mineral Fusion?
E.C.: Some of my go-tos for every day are the pressed powder foundation and the black eyeliner. The “Creation” blush is another favourite, and the concealer is great. And then they have AMAZING nail colours! [Ed. Note: Emmanuelle was wearing Glint of Mint, a gorgeous minty green with one accent sparkle nail]. They have amazing taupes and just some beautiful nudes and some really bright, fun colours. And I’m obsessed with the shampoo and conditioner. I simply cannot use anything else. It’s THAT good.
SS: Can you walk us through your everyday beauty routine?
E.C.: I’m really very super-low maintenance. I don’t fuss a lot. So I shower, [put my] hair up in a ponytail, throw on a pair of jeans and just do the concealer, a little bit of my pressed foundation in the t-zone, some mascara, some eyeliner, bronzer, and my lips. Boom. Done.
SS: What’s your favourite look for the red carpet?
E.C.: I’m generally the smokey eyes and the light lip. I feel most comfortable that way. I love to pop my eyes and I love to put eyelashes on.
SS: Have you ever experimented with a bold lip?
E.C.: I have…and I like it sometimes. I have to be in a mood to do it. Otherwise, I’m just like…ugh. And I find it drying! So I just don’t feel comfortable…it smears and just…no.
SS: You have beautiful skin! What is your secret?
E.C.: Aww…thank you! My secret is really not doing very much. I only use a moisturizer when I’m feeling dry…otherwise I don’t use it because I’m naturally very oily. I use an eye cream. I use the [Mineral Fusion] facial mist…it’s hydrating and so yummy. It’s so good. That’s really it! I just keep my face real clean.
SS: What is the best beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
E.C.: If you’re not comfortable, don’t wear it! I think it shows. Whether it’s clothes, whether it’s on your face…whatever it is, if you’re not comfortable in it, take it off!
Mineral Fusion is available at Whole Foods, Loblaw and London Drugs.
Canadian actress Emmanuelle Chriqui talks about the future plans for an ‘Entourage’ movie and she offers up some beauty secrets.
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Add two more notable names to CBS’ The Ordained pilot.
Veteran actor Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and starlet Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) have joined the show. The Ordained stars Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) as Tom, the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer in a bid to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated.
Neill will play Tom’s father, who’s often called “The Governor” (no eye patch, presumably) while Chriqui plays Tom’s literal girl next door.
Emmanuelle Chriqui is one lucky girl. She’s gotten to kiss the adorable Kevin Connolly on Entourage, she has some of the best hair in Hollywood — and she recently got to spend time in L.A. trying on pair after pair of fabulous Charles David shoes. Can we please trade places for a day?
Chriqui is not just the first celebrity face of Charles David, but she’ll also be designing a capsule collection for fall. To kick off the collaboration, she shot her first round of ads in L.A. with photographer Patrick Hoelck, styled by Britt Bardo — and she shared some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot with PEOPLE. Read on to see the gorgeous pics and hear Chriqui’s take on the shoot (spoiler alert: they “laughed a lot” on set!)
“The shoot was amazing. It all came together beautifully,” Chriqui says of the day-long shoot in October. “Patrick is such a fun spirit. It didn’t feel like a long day at all!”
Of the many gorgeous shoes Chriqui modeled, her favorite were the white “Sway” style, pictured above. They’re “so amazing to throw on with a pair of jeans,” she says. “If I could own every color of the ‘Sway’ pump, I would. They’re super sexy!”