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Ever since Jennifer Lawrence burst onto the scene with her Oscar-nominated role in 2010’s Winter’s Bone, the actress has captivated us with her candid comments—and flawless skin. Though it’s hard to imagine the now 31-year-old as anything but glamorous and gorgeous, the famously self-deprecating star says that hasn’t always been her vibe.
“When I was growing up, my brothers used to tell me I was ugly,” Lawrence told InStyle. “Butt-ugly, to be exact. One time I went into the kitchen and said, ‘Mom, am I pretty?’ And she said, ‘It doesn’t matter.’ She refused to answer! ... I was fortunate to go through a lot of my life without being too concerned about my appearance.”
Now that she’s in the spotlight, the Academy Award winner has adapted a skincare routine, which explains how she is always radiant. When she’s not making a red carpet appearance, Lawrence likes to keep it simple. “If I don’t have an event, I normally don’t wear makeup,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “Since I often get it done professionally, I’m probably better off staying away from my face. I have learned nothing from the pros—ha!”
The star is realistic about the unrealistic beauty standards that she—and the rest of us—face. “I just like it when everyone’s honest,” Lawrence has said. “If you are 20 pounds underweight and talk about eating pizza and fried chicken all the time, that’s not going to make people feel good about themselves. If I’m going to the Oscars or having a movie premiere—I won’t lie—I’m probably eating differently from how I would in my regular life to fit into those dresses. And I feel comfortable saying that.”
She also feels comfortable spilling her beauty secrets, so find out how she gets her glow.
She uses a retinol every single night.
“I think it’s important to change up facial products, but I do use retinol under my night cream every night,” Lawrence has said. “It says not to use it every night, but I always say, ‘Fuck it.’”
She ignores labels.
Her nightly retinol habit isn’t the only rule she breaks. “I have really dry skin, so I wear night cream even during the day,” she has said. To nourish her thirsty complexion, she also does a very thick face mask.
While Lawrence was filming her spy thriller, Red Sparrow, in Budapest, the on-set makeup artist, Evelyne Noraz, introduced her to local Hungarian line Eminence Organics Skin Care and she became a fan of their Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil, which delivers deep hydration and protection while plumping skin, courtesy of rosehip, sea buckthorn, and jojoba oils.
She is dedicated to daily sunscreen.
Lawrence knows that SPF is the best anti-ager out there. “During the day, I use sunblock,” she has said. “It doesn’t matter what, but I always make sure it has zinc in it.” She’s on to something, since many dermatologists favour mineral sunscreens these days, as they’re gentler on skin. Look for either zinc oxide, like Lawrence, or titanium dioxide. Both work to naturally safeguard skin from harmful rays.
She never skips exfoliating.
And we mean never.“I exfoliate every night, and it really doesn’t matter what I use,” she has said. “You can kind of use anything grainy, so I change it up.”
She gets microdermabrasion treatments.
“In theory, I get microdermabrasion once a month, although that’s one of those things I always find myself postponing,” Lawrence has said. Microdermabrasion treatments entail crystals or another physical exfoliant to gently remove dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, leaving a smoother, brighter complexion behind. Microdermabrasion can also help reduce sun damage, discoloration, and even light scarring.
She does her beauty routine for herself.
“You just have to keep it personal,” Lawrence has said. “If you want to feel beautiful, whether that means extending your eyelashes or bringing out your natural lip color or whatever it is, then you should. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s only a problem when you’re doing it for someone else.”
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