Riley Keough, Actress

“I’m in New York a lot. And every time I’m in New York, I’m out every night—it’s a bit much. After a week, I’m ready to go home. Tonight, I’m going to the Unicef Snowflake Ball, which I’m sure will be beautiful. But honestly, my idea of a fun night out is something like being in the middle of America in a pickup truck drinking a Bud Light.

My makeup always depends on what I’m wearing. Tonight, it’s a sparkly dress, so I’m not going to go HAM with my makeup, y’know? I prefer to look natural usually, not do anything too wild. Hung [Vanngo] is doing my makeup tonight and he’s so good at that natural, sexy look without going overboard. He used La Mer to prep my face, which is not really an everyday thing for me. But I do love skincare—that’s what I spend my money on. I just started seeing Shani Darden after a friend recommended her to me. She has this retinol called Reform that I use at night before I go to bed, and it is so good.

Sometimes before I go out, I’ll do a mask—I swear I’ve tried every one. There’s so many, but I really like Tracie Martyn’s Complexion Savior. It doesn’t make your face red afterwards. There’s also the Glamglow Supermed Clearing Treatment everyone has that I’ll use when I need something harder-core—but not before an event. You’re not going to want to use something that might irritate your skin. Something moisturizing like Christine Chin’s Soothing Hydrating Masque is what you want.

A lot of nights, what I do is I get a little tipsy and give people facials! They’re like, ‘Riley, no! Stop!’ But it’s what I always want to do, especially if I get new stuff. I’ll go home, have some wine, and be like, I want to give you guys a facial. They’re like, ‘Oh my God, no.’ I need to get a steamer, though. I do have LED lights at home. Half the fun of those is using them on other people. I think I should have been an aesthetician, honestly.

My bare minimum for going out is lipstick and curled eyelashes. All the Chanel reds are really good—they really pull you in and their formula is amazing. I have this box full of them that I got at a party that I’ve never even touched because it’s so beautiful. The Chanel Rouge Double Intensité is also nice—it’s the color on one side and then a gloss on the other. Those really stay on all night. I’ll stick whichever I’m using in my purse along with a Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. Most lip moisturizers are kind of watery and come off pretty quickly. The Jack Black ones stay put though.

If I’m really going for it, I’ll pull out the La Prairie Foundation. It’s really expensive, but it’s so nice. After I curl my lashes, I’ll wear the thickening YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils or Diorshow Mascara—just on the top lashes. Sometimes I’ll wear sparkles on my lids. It depends on my inspiration, which is anything from Ingrid Bergman, Rihanna, or Stevie Nicks. For me, the effort isn’t really in the clothes—it’s in the beauty look.

Tracey Cunningham does my color, but I don’t really know how to describe what I have right now. Maybe accidental ombré? I had red hair a few years ago, but now she just puts a gloss on it and lightens it a bit. Other than that, I’m super natural with my hair. I go to Whole Foods and buy whatever’s in front of me. What I have feels like a giant mane, so it’s easy to get lazy about it. It’s sort of the bane of my existence.

My perfume is constantly changing. It’s not so much that I get bored, as I just really feel like certain scents are better for different occasions. I spend a lot of time in Hawaii, so when I’m there I like more natural, floral, hippie kinds of smells. Then when I go out, I like something more elegant, fancy…like Norell. To me, it smells like what a classic movie star would smell like, but it’s a little bit younger. I prefer the oil because you can put it everywhere. When I put perfume on, sometimes it like rubs off or fades, whereas oil just kind of sinks into your skin. You know you’re not missing a spot.

How I take my makeup off depends on where I am. I’ve been in situations where I’ll stay at a friend’s house or be traveling and run out of makeup remover. In that situation, I’ll just scrub my face with hot water until it’s all off. It’s not great, but you have to take it off, no matter how late you get home. Ideally, I use Bioderma and then use the Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches under my eyes. The other thing I’ll do is use coconut oil to get my makeup off, because that really gets sparkles off, too.”

—as told to ITG

Riley Keough photographed by Tom Newton in New York on December 1, 2015.

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Gal Gadot, Actress

“Getting cast as Wonder Woman was bigger than life. I never, in my wildest dreams, thought I would get such an incredible role. But I also feel the responsibility—people have a lot of expectations for the role and I’m very grateful to be the one who’s going to bring her back to life. When I was younger, I didn’t have a specific, iconic role model. I was very active—my mom is a gymnastics teacher and I was a dancer for twelve years and played basketball, tennis, volleyball…you name it. Looking at photos from when I was younger, I never wore skirts or dresses and I always had bruises on my knees. I loved Tomb Raider when I was a little girl.

Now I’ve found balance—I’m a grown-up and need to look like a woman, too. I’m not afraid of a strong perfume or makeup look. Sometimes less is more, but if it flatters me I’ll go for it. I wear mascara and bronzer every day. The bronzer I use is Gucci Golden Glow. Then I use a little rouge—I like the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush. I go for more red colors, but it looks very natural. During the night, I use lipstick. I wear red or burgundy. I really like bold lips.

When I get my makeup done now, I’m more involved, just because I have more knowledge about what flatters me and what doesn’t. I’ve got to do contouring because I have a wide face. I’ve got to have mascara—like the fluffy, thicker ones. Right now, I wear an Israeli one called Careline La Diva, and it’s really like, bam. It works.

Growing up in Israel, I always wore sunblock because it’s so hot in the sun—you’re always aware of it. Now I do SPF separate from my moisturizer and use a lot of different brands. Other than that, it’s very simple to care for my skin. It’s drinking lots of water and making sure I moisturize my face. I think my mom got me my first cream when I was 18 and I’ve been using Crème de la Mer for forever. Before I go to bed, I take off all my makeup with La Mer Cleansing Oil and moisturize my face again.

I don’t really take care of my hair as much as I take care of my face…poor hair. But I use Kerastase Nutritive Masqueintense, which is like a treatment. To style my hair, I have wonderful people to work with. By myself, I’m very plain—I wear it up. But if I want to have it down and pretty with lots of volume, I’ll work with someone.

I’m that woman who walks into a room and everyone can smell her. I put on enough perfume that it stays. I’m the face of Gucci Bamboo now. The thing was, before I shot the campaign, I wanted to know—what’s the statement here, what are we shooting? So I nagged them and finally they brought me the perfume. I was so happy and thrilled that it was something I would totally wear. Fragrance is the very first impression we make on people. Even before we introduce ourselves to one another, we smell each other. It’s a subconscious thing and, for me, it’s very important.”

—as told to ITG

Gal Gadot photographed by Tom Newton on July 14, 2015 in New York.

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Amy Sedaris

“I have a lot of products because it’s just fun—some people don’t treat themselves to those things. If you’re going to come over and hang out, why don’t we all just do a facial? I’ll take a pair of tights, cut off the legs, and use that to hold our hair back. Then we just sit around, mask, and have a conversation. Everyone feels great when they leave, and it inspires them to take care of themselves and do something.

I’m pretty low-maintenance, but I do like the home remedy stuff, and I do love a good mask and a good lotion. Nothing really makes me feel sexy—I don’t usually go for sexy. Those days are gone. I mean, I always feel healthier when I have a tan, I guess I’d say that—the sun feels really good and you can feel it in your bones, but I don’t think I could live somewhere where it’s sunny all the time like LA. I like the seasons, and I like changing products for them.

Growing up I was big on Vaseline and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. At one point, I was in a show where I had to look like I was sweating every night. I applied that all over my face so it would glisten on stage. By the end of the run, my skin was flawless. Now I use oils instead—I went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon recently, and the makeup artist turned me onto some new face oils. I use The Organic Pharmacy’s Virgin Cold Pressed Rose Hip Oil, which is great because it has frankincense in it, or the Jāsön Vitamin E 45,000 IU Maximum Strength Oil at night—that one is much cheaper. Then I go over it with La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Riche that I get at a drugstore. It’s affordable, and a dermatologist told me to use it. I used to go to Dr. Colbert, but I don’t really have a dermatologist right now. I like his stuff and trust him, though.

My favorite thing is to do to my face is a steam with Swiss Kriss Herbal Laxative Flakes. You get a pot and fill it with water, boil it, and put the flakes in it. It steams up, so I put a towel over my head and sit right here on my couch and hover over it. It’s a pain to do it every night for like three nights in a row, but if I feel like I need to do it, I do it. I get the flakes at a health foods store—the box is not even $8. The steam opens your pores and cleans them out. You also notice your digestion get better. It doesn’t give you diarrhea or anything like that, but after I did it for three days, I just felt cleaner. It kind of moves things along.

I use apple cider vinegar and baking soda for a lot of things, too. Sometimes I mix baking soda with water and make a paste—that’s a good exfoliator. I’ll use apple cider vinegar as a toner. I’ll also use it with my favorite mask—the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. It’s powder that you put it in a bowl—the directions are on the back. Add apple cider vinegar or water to it and mix, mix, mix ’til it’s smooth, then cake it on your face. You’ll feel your face pulsate like it’s on fire. It’s very messy, but you wouldn’t believe what it pulls out of your face. If you have sensitive skin, the Mario Badescu Cucumber Tonic Mask is soothing. I’ll use that one if I’m at the beach. I also think the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment is good. It’s strong, but I like the strong stuff.

A friend of mine turned me onto this Jeune d’Age Organics Anti-Aging Serum. I only have one left. It comes in these little packets, and I need to order some more. I love this brand, Tatcha. I think I heard about it on QVC, and I’m really happy with it. I’m currently using their Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream and their Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum. Both products are really good. The same girl I met when I did Jimmy Fallon turned me onto this Embryolisse Artist Secret Radiant Eye, but I think I find Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer nicer.

I also got into the Clarisonic, which I think is a good deal. I use it with La Roche-Posay’s Cleansing Milk. I used to only use water on my face, but I started using soap when I moved to New York because the city is so dirty.

Since I was a kid, I’ve gotten in the habit of putting on lotion head-to-toe—lotion, lotion, lotion…plus lip stuff. I use Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion because it’s big and hospitals use it. Now that it’s summer, I like using Skin Trip’s Mountain Ocean Coconut Moisturizer or Epicuren’s Kukui Coconut After Bath Moisturizer. I’m always changing my body lotion. And then there’s hand cream—I go through a lot of that. This Santa Maria Novella Crema Per Le Mani is my favorite, but I also have Herbacin’s Kamille Hand and Nail Balm because it’s got glycerin in it. I don’t know why glycerin is so good, but I like the thickness of that, and I blame it on the glycerin.

Anytime after a bath or shower, I’ll butter up—and I take a bath pretty much every night. I love this Greek store Taradise. They sell beautiful products like this Body Butter with Mastiha Oil and Red Grape. This Dr. Mercola Organic Body Butter in Lavender is nice, too, especially in the winter.

I haven’t done anything to my face like fillers or Botox, but it’s fine if people want to do that. For me, if you’re trying to do something that doesn’t look obvious, why are you even doing it? I went to a party recently and two people that had just moved to New York were talking, and I had no idea who they were—I’m not exaggerating. I was looking at them, and I was thinking, ‘You look like a kitten. You look like nothing and cancel each other out.’ Then when I heard their voices, I was like, ‘Oh my God. I know you!’ Their hair was dyed, their faces just disappeared—they looked fantastic, but it just canceled out their features so nothing stood out. I’m just afraid I would get it and just want more and more and more. But who knows? Maybe 10 years from now I’ll want some voodoo done, and I’ll like it.

I don’t like taking makeup off, and that’s why I don’t like putting it on. I apply lipstick the same way I did in high school—especially if I’m doing stage makeup—but that’s just because I still do everything wrong, and all of my makeup is old. I use Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Red on my lips. Then I have this Clarins Ombré Minérale Eyeshadow in Platinum—I don’t know, I just put it on. For my eyebrows, I use The Precision Pencil by Kevyn Aucoin and then go over it with Kiss Lash and Brow Wonder Lift. Then for eyeliner, I’m on my last stick of La Prairie’s Luxe Eye Liner Automatique—I’ve got to get a new one.

I’m always so tired and have circles under my eyes, so I use either Roxanne Rizzo’s Madison Avenue Light to Medium ConcealerClé de Peau Beauté’s Concealer, or Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat. I don’t use them together, but I pick the one I’m using that day based on the coverage I want. If I’m going to an event, before I put on concealer, I’ll use these Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels under my eyes.

If I have a red carpet, I’ll just do my own hair and makeup and pull something out of my closet to wear—that’s just the way I am. I have to go to a fancy party in August, and I’m going with a friend who wants to hire hair and makeup people. I told her I’d do it for us instead. Yeah, I’ve never done it professionally, but I decided that it’ll be a fun thing to do. I went on YouTube once and saw this girl doing her smoky eyes. I was going out that night and decided to watch this how-to video like ‘How do you put on makeup?’ You’d think I would know by now. I did it and wore it to the event, but it just didn’t make me feel special or anything. I wonder how people feel when they get home and take it all off. But it’s not as if I don’t really enjoy some of the work makeup artists do. Kevyn Aucoin was amazing to work with because his fingers were like big sausages, you know? He was an unbelievably talented guy. Kevyn Aucoin doing all of that was probably the most glamorous thing I’ve had done—he taped my face back just so he’d have a flat surface to work with. He taped it all up and made me look like Angie Dickinson.”

—as told to ITG

Amy Sedaris photographed by Tom Newton on June 22, 2015.

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Jennette McCurdy, Actress

“I’m on a show called Between, which is on Netflix, where my makeup and hair are meant to be as plain as possible. It’s funny, because growing up acting, I hated all the makeup they put on me—I was a tomboy, and foundation always felt so caked-on. But for this character, they wanted my hair slicked back, so every day it was in a pony that wasn’t even brushed. We’re talking minimal. And then I had the grown-out bangs which would flop about—they became known as the ‘little seagull wings’ on set. I have a rounder face, and hairstylists will tell me that I look better without bangs, but I disagree. I like how my face looks better with them.

I went brunette after I finished the show Sam & Cat—that was with Ariana Grande, and I was blonde. But then the brunette grew out and faded, so my stylist threw in highlights to blend in with my natural hair. If I had to title my hair’s look now, it would be ‘An Effort in The Natural Movement.’ [Laughs] I like good-smelling shampoos and conditioners. I just picked up a couple travel sizes of Drybar’s Sake Bomb Shampoo and Conditioner, but I love clay conditioner like Aveda’s Pure Abundance Volumizing Clay Conditioner because it’s really protective.

For makeup, there was a time that I was big into smoky eyes—not so much anymore, though, because I like to look wide-awake. Some tricks work better on certain people. I used to be like, ‘Oh! I want to be Jennifer Lopez, so I’ll make that happen today.’ But actually, maybe I should try being a better Jennette. Miranda Cosgrove turned me on to false eyelashes when we were on iCarly together, but by the time I was 19, I decided they were ripping out my real eyelashes, so I had to stop. That, and I wanted a more natural look.

Now, I swear by Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara. It makes my lashes fuller, thicker, and it makes my eyes pop. The wand is very key. I’ve tried tons and tons of mascaras. I have an irrational fear of my favorite products being discontinued, so I’m also always trying new products to have a backup—though if They’re Real! ever becomes discontinued, I will probably never wear mascara ever again.

So even if I only do a little bit of mascara, I’m probably going to use foundation, too. Dior’s Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup in Light Beige 020 is my favorite. I put it everywhere then conceal with either the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit or the Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, which I apply with a Sephora Collection Classic Multitasker Concealer Brush #21. It feels good on my face, which is how I pick my brushes. A brush should not feel like a broomstick. That’s a problem.

I find it easier to act when I feel comfortable with how I look with the makeup on. It’s such a vulnerable thing to have cameras in your face and a crew around watching you all day. Yeah, it can be uncomfortable, but I least I know my blemishes are covered. That’s a great feeling.”

—as told to ITG

Jennette McCurdy photographed by Tom Newton on June 9, 2015.

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Michelle Monaghan, Actress

“In terms of beauty, I’m a real minimalist. I can only do really, really simple. It’s fun to change up my look for roles, but I don’t really do it for daily life. I actually prefer as little makeup as possible. And really, that’s just kind of for practical purposes because I do wear so much makeup when I’m working 14 hours a day. I feel like I need to give my skin a break when I can. Also, in real life, I really like my freckles—I think they give women a really youthful look, which is nice.

I got pretty into beauty even before I was acting. Credit goes to my mom. She always looked after my long, thick hair. We we didn’t have a lot of money, but she would get me those Redken hair treatments and put my hair in a hot towel and wash it in the sink—really take care of it. I remember her telling me, ‘You should really brush out those curls. Brush out your bangs,’ and I was like, ‘It’s fine!’ She told me my hair kind of looked like a donut when I didn’t take care of it, and I would be like, ‘Yeah, but I like donuts!’ [Laughs]

Before getting into acting, I was modeling, so I already had a pretty good sense of what worked on my face and what didn’t work on my face. After my senior year in college, I moved to New York and continued modeling and then started doing commercials and then kind of made the leap into television and film. That was sort of my transition, I guess.

Living in LA, you have to have SPF on all the time! I just went to the dermatologist, and he was like, ‘Yup, everybody’s got more sun damage on the left side of their face because that’s the driving side.’ When I wake up in the morning, I first put on my sunscreen. I wear Supergoop’s Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology Broad Spectrum SPF 50. It’s my daily moisturizer. I have a massive pump of it. I just sort of slather it on. It’s oil-free and doesn’t clog your pores like a lot of them do, so that’s kind of what goes on first. I am also obsessed with Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence, which is nice to apply if your skin is a bit dehydrated or even after a flight.

For cleanser, I tend to stay away from products with oil, parabens, or anything with algae in it—that’s the biggest pore clogger there is. I use this MAC Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser to remove any makeup, and I wash my face only at night. I just do like a nice little rinse in the shower in the morning.

For my body, my lips, and pretty much everything else, I use Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream. I put it in a cool, little compact, and then I just take it with me. It’s great because there’s nothing damaging in it, and it’s nice on the eyelids, too. It’s literally magic to me.

If it’s as simple as waking up and just walking out the door, or when I’m just going out to run errands, I’ll just put on Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Ivory or Beige, depending on how much sun I’ve seen. I also use the Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen. I like it because it’s a little bit more iridescent than Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat. It reflects light a little bit better.

I love Tata Harper’s Redefining Body Balm  and the Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tints—the shade Very Vivacious has a very 1970s vibe, which I’m really into at the moment. There’s something rustic about it, and it has such a beautiful tone. These balms make me feel like putting on a pair of high-waisted jeans, and the fact that they work for both lips and cheeks is just a plus. I like to use those kinds of multipurpose products a lot.

I also love matte lips, especially stains. One of my favorites is Serge Lutens’ Water Lip Color in Chardon. The color is so beautiful—it just truly enhances your natural lip color and makes it look like you have a little bit more depth, so that’s really the best. I’ve used it on the red carpet so many times, and it’s my go-to when I’m doing more of an eye look. I don’t leave home without it in my little makeup bag.

One maintenance thing I keep up with is eyelash tinting. I don’t tend to wear mascara daily. I find that just tinting is really simple and easy and just gives some sort of definition there without having to put product on.

On True Detective, we did a ’90s episode—everyone kept calling it ‘a period piece,’ which is so funny to me. It was like seeing what my makeup should have looked like in the ‘90s. The inspiration was Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford…you know, all that great ’90s makeup and hair. Lots of MAC Lip Pencil in Spice. I just remember thinking, ‘90s makeup isn’t bad as I remembered—if it’s done properly.

The first time I ever colored my hair was for a movie called Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and I went blonde. My hair is naturally black, so it took about seven hours. I would always shock myself when I would turn on the lights in the bathroom and see my reflection—but I did love that look. My skin tone is kind of fair, so I can go kind of dark or a little bit lighter with my hair—or even get some red tones in there, I find. My husband’s personal favorite is red—like a deep auburn.

My shampoo varies constantly. I like anything from Kérastase, really. In terms of styling, I love Rahua’s Elixir. The scent is truly intoxicating. I also like Bumble and bumble’s Brilliantine for split ends. It’s especially good after you color your hair. And of course, I love Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray.

I got a bottle of Coqui Coqui’s Tabaco in Tulum. It doesn’t last as long, but it smells so good. I also love Elizabeth and James’ Nirvana Black Perfume Oil. The older I get, the more I’m liking the heavier scents and less of the other stuff. I love this stuff because it’s really nice for the whole body, so sometimes I’ll just put this on straight out of the shower. Then I have Tata Harper’s Love Potion, which I like because it’s small, and you can carry it in your purse or a small makeup bag.

When I’m not working, I like to exercise as much as I can. I do Soul Cycle quite a bit, and I just ran a half marathon. I haven’t always been a runner, but my friend put me up to it, and I thought, ‘Oh God. OK, I’ll do it.’ I must have been hungover or something when she asked me because I was feeling guilty, but I managed to do it! And I would do another one. Doing the TCS New York City Marathon is sort of on my bucket list, but I don’t know when I’d have the time to do it because training for it is really difficult. I also love to hike. I love to break a sweat. I try to meditate twice a day, 20 minutes at a time. That’s sort of probably good for energy. I’m not really into yoga, so I feel like meditating is a good way to balance it out.

In terms of what I eat, everything’s pretty healthy. I drink so much water—at least 3 liters a day. I also always take a green juice with me that’s made up of kale, celery, cucumber, sometimes some ginger, and lemon thrown in there, but I stay away from apple and the sugary stuff.

I actually am not a sweets person by nature. Give me a bag of salt and vinegar chips, and that’s it. I’m also a Kind bar girl—the Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt, in particular. I eat a really well-balanced diet, but I’m also the girl that likes to go to the beach all day and get a Number Three at McDonald’s on the way home—everything in moderation. By default, you want to eat well when you have a family. I’m trying to introduce them to nice, healthy fish and things like that. I have two kids, a 1-year-old and a 6-year-old. I think that if you are healthy, you are beautiful on the outside and on the inside. The best thing to do is just lead by example.”

—as told to ITG

Michelle Monaghan interviewed by Alyssa Reeder and photographed by Zoey Grossman on June 3, 2015 in Los Angeles.

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