InStyle magazine chatted with Rooney Mara to find out the secret to her gorgeous skin and get the scoop on her favorite products. To read more check out the current issue of InStyle magazine on newsstands now.
Your complexion is the envy of every beauty editor I know. Please don’t tell us it’s just good genes.
People are going to hate me for saying this, but I really don’t have a regimen. I don’t use a lot of products because my skin is so sensitive, though I always wear sunscreen, usually Chanel and Dermalogica. I try to eat healthfully and hardly ever drink alcohol. When you eat the right things, you don’t need that many products.
And the Rooney Mara don’t-hate-me-because-my-skin-looks-airbrushed diet consists of …
Well, I’m gluten-free. A bunch of people in my family have celiac disease, so I stopped eating wheat about a year ago, and right away I noticed a difference. I’m also vegan; I basically eat only fruits and vegetables. I’ve never felt better than I do now.
Let’s talk hair. Your jet-black strands and blunt baby bangs may well be in the Pinterest hall of fame for “aspirational cut.”
We did short bangs for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but it was when they grew out that people really started to like them. As for color, I’ve been lighter, but I prefer being brunette. I find that people with dark hair don’t need to wear as much makeup.
Professional pluckers tell me they get dozens of requests for “Rooney Mara brows.” Are they high-maintenance?
They’re actually no-maintenance—that’s why they’re so prominent!
CALVIN KLEIN DOWNTOWN EAU DE PARFUM
“I love the simplicity and modernism of Calvin Klein. We have a very similar aesthetic.”
“I love these chubby pencils. Since the matte formula stays put, my look is easy to maintain.”
NARS THE MULTIPLE
“I’m embarrassed to say, one of my favorite shades is Orgasm. I toss one of these sticks in my bag and rub it on whenever I need a hit of color.”
LAURA MERCIER LOOSE SETTING POWDER
“This is great at taking down the shine after you apply sun-screen. It adds a bit of matte—and never seems too powdery.”
ELIZABETH ARDEN EIGHT HOUR CREAM LIP PROTECTANT STICK
“This sheer tint, the lipstick version of Eight Hour Cream, smooths and moisturizes. It also has SPF 15. I have it in tons of shades.”
CLÉ DE PEAU BEAUTÉ CONCEALER
“My mom was the one who told me about this stick. It gives such good coverage, yet you look as though you’re not wearing anything at all.”
CHANEL VITALUMIÈRE AQUA ULTRA-LIGHT SUNSCREEN MAKEUP SPF 15
“Even though this tinted moisturizer is light, it does a terrific job of evening out my complexion without ever getting cakey.”