Emmanuelle Chriqui’s Beauty Secrets

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.


Emmanuelle Chriqui On Beauty And Living Green

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.


City News Interview

Canadian actress Emmanuelle Chriqui talks about the future plans for an ‘Entourage’ movie and she offers up some beauty secrets.

Behind the Scenes of Emmanuelle Chriqui’s Charles David Campaign

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!”


‘Entourage’ star Emmanuelle Chriqui shares movie details

Last month, series creator Doug Ellin finally confirmed that there would be an “Entourage” movie … and now, “omg! Insider”’s Mary Kitchen has some details from one of its stars.

Emmanuelle Chriqui, who played Sloane over seven of the show’s eight seasons on the HBO show, reveals that although she has not yet received the script, she’s definitely in the film. While she may not be certain of the exact plot points, “this is what I think I know: I will be pregnant in the movie,” she hints. “Like, I won’t have had the child.”

For those who may have forgotten since “Entourage” – which also starred Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, and Jerry Ferrara – ended in 2011, Sloane discovered she was expecting a baby and rekindled her romance with Eric (Kevin Connolly) in the last episode.

So, does the movie pick up right where the show left off? Chriqui confirmed that she does know that the movie picks up 6 months after the show left off. “The question remains: did she have the baby or is she pregnant in the movie?” Chriqui offers. “My guess is that she’s pregnant in the movie.”


Emmanuelle Chriqui On “The Rachael Ray Show”

Emmanuelle Chriqui appeared on “The Rachael Ray Show” today and you can now watch a clip from her appearance below!

SheKnows Interview

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.


5 Minutes With Emmanuelle Chriqui

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.


ABC News Interview

Earlier today, Emmanuelle Chriqui stopped by ABC News to talk about her current projects! Check out the interview below.

Emmanuelle Chriqui Shares Her Beauty Secrets

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.”