Jan 17, 2013 Jennifer 0
January 17, 2013  •  Jennifer  •  Leave a Comment

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.”


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