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When it comes to sex symbols, men and women don’t usually agree. The Hollywood “hotties” (as they are so frequently dubbed by teenage boys…and way-past-their-teen-years boys) that appear on the covers of men’s magazines don’t often strike a chord with the ladies. And then there’s that rare breed of smoke show that has the ability to win over both. Case in point: Olivia Munn. Not only is she intelligent and unafraid to lay down the law (calling out Jezebel’s criticism of her being hired at The Daily Show in an interview with Ocean Drive magazine: “Are you saying that you can only be funny and smart if you’re ugly? If the embrace of my sexuality makes you mad, it’s your problem, not mine.”), but she knows how to rock tangerine lipstick and work a bob. After our conversation (and this rarely happens), my first thought was this: “That girl is badass and I want to hang out with her.” She even revealed the journalism skills she picked up at the University of Oklahoma and started asking me questions (again, this rarely happens). Here, we talk everything from her skin secrets to sleepovers with Johnny Depp.
I heard that you got hooked on Proactiv after swiping it from your cousin. It’s hard to imagine you having anything close to acne.
When I was 16 I moved from Japan to Oklahoma, and it was either the weather change of going from one country to the other, or it was because I was the new kid in a new school and had a lot of anxiety and stress, and I got this massive breakout on my forehead. It’s hard enough being the new kid in school, but now I had to walk around with a massive amount of pimples on my forehead. I never had acne and I tried everything. This was when people were doing really hardcore things—whatever burned the most you felt like that was working. I was like Oxy pads, “Burrrnnn.” And then my cousin said to me, “My mom ordered me Proactiv, do you want to try it?” So I gave it a try and it all completely cleared up in less than a week .”
At least those days are behind you.
Weirdly enough, in 2013…all of a sudden out of nowhere I get this cystic acne on my forehead, neck, and below my ears that wasn’t going away.
What do you think caused that?
I think it was a hormonal change, but I was also on this medicine for ten days and then I got off the medicine and something happened in my body that triggered this horrible outbreak. I was shooting a movie [at the time] with Eric Bana, who is so gorgeous, and I was playing his wife, and I was like, “Oh my gosh, this is the worst.” So I got injections in my face from a dermatologist, which just collapsed my skin in certain places. Other costars, I would say, “It’s fine, it’s fine,” but the only costar that I would truly like to look nice for would be Eric Bana…I actually haven’t done a lot of make-out scenes with people in my career, I really haven’t.
Well, Eric Bana isn’t a bad place to start.
Not a bad place to start, unfortunately my acne wanted to come out, which I completely understand because I’d want to be there too if someone was hanging out with Eric Bana. So I tried everything—from acupuncturists, to a dermatologist, to Acutane…and then I came home to Proactiv+ and started trying it…thankfully I got to meet Johnny Depp with clear skin.”
Speaking of Johnny Depp, did he or Gwyneth Paltrow share any beauty secrets with you on the set of Mortdecai?
Gwyneth and I bonded quickly. I had gone to Tracy Anderson once before, but I wasn’t sure…so I started doing Tracy Anderson more and more. But that’s not really one of her beauty secrets anymore…
No, I think she’s converted quite a few at this point. What about Depp or Ewan McGregor, any good tips?
Ummm…no. If you want to be more philosophical about it, the best beauty tip you can get from them is to be nice. They were laughing and joking with everybody. There are some really mean people who are very beautiful, but they don’t radiate beauty. And these guys look so freaking young. And I worked with Jeff Goldblum and his skin looks super young. I didn’t really venture into asking them their [secrets], but I’m going to e-mail the guys and say, “You know what, we never got a chance to girl talk it out.”
You should just have a slumber party.
“Oh my gosh, it’s going to be me, Johnny, Ewan, and Gwyneth putting Proactiv masks on each other.”
What are your makeup must-haves at the moment?
My makeup must-have is the Dior Brow Styler that twists up. I can’t live without this. It’s the right color and the consistency is really great. My go-to used to be cream blush, but now it’s just the brow pencil.
It’s the Cara Delevingne effect.
I think being [half] Asian, my brows have always been really important for whatever reason. I had a makeup artist over-pluck my eyebrows a few years ago, so ever since that happened the Brow Styler became my friend. What’s your go-to?
My go-to? It would probably have to be Clé de Peau concealer.
Really? I was using that for a while, but it felt a little thick at times. Did you feel that?
I think if you use it over your moisturizer it somewhat thins it out. My new favorite, though, is the RMS Un Cover-Up.
I have that in my purse right now! I’m tapping it right now—you can’t see me, but [sound of tapping] that’s me tapping it. I use the Proactiv+ Eye Brightening Serum underneath and then I put the RMS Un Cover-Up on top of it and it reflects the light and makes such a difference. The RMS Un Cover-Up is so great because it’s not thick…I also put the undereye brightener and concealer around my nostrils—it really makes you look a lot more youthful.
Aside from the over-plucking incident with the makeup artist, what was your biggest beauty mistake?
I’ll actually tell you the event, most people won’t do that, but I will so that you can see exactly [what I’m talking about]. I was on the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London presenting the award to my boss [Aaron Sorkin]. It was at night and I had a Bridget Jones moment because I was in the car with my girlfriend and I said to her, “Do I have enough blush on? I think I need more blush.” And in some of the pictures it looks nice, but I’d say 80 percent where the flashes are hitting me, it’s like, “Wow, calm down with the blush.” All of my choices were so bad: It’s dark, inside of a car, without a mirror, and I’m on my way to a red carpet. If you look up GQ Men of the Year Awards, my name, London, and I was wearing this Armani dress—my blush is so intense. I was totally like, “Yeah bitch, this feels good, this feels hot. I’m ready to go. Watch out, London.”
I’m looking that one up on Getty.
“Yeah when you see the pictures you’ll look at it and say, “It’s better to look pale than to look like that.”
[Editor’s note: I did look up the photo on Getty, the blush was a bit extreme, but when you look like Olivia Munn, I doubt anyone is looking at your cheeks…well, at least the set on your face.]
Besides being a much-loved and -lauded hair phenom herself, Marie Robinson has, since opening her sprawling flagship salon in Manhattan’s Flatiron District a few years ago, also proven to be quite adept at spotting talent. And stylist Jessica Gillin is the best evidence of that. The gifted hair pro has bided plenty of time backstage alongside Orlando Pita and Danilo; contributed to Vogue, W, and Town & Country editorials; and tended to the crops of Michelle Williams, Vera Farmiga, Mary-Louise Parker, and fashion inner-circlers like Tory Burch, Jennifer Fisher (“She has the coolest jewelry in the world!” says Gillin), and Dani Stahl, whose hair I myself always had ample chance to admire while sitting a few desks away when we were on staff together at Nylon. Here, one of Robinson’s star players shares some of her own beautifying (and beyond) hot spots.
“I have been doing a combination of Barry’s Bootcamp, Flybarre, and Pilates classes lately. Barry’s is great for a hard-core workout. It’s high intensity, and I shoot for doing it three times a week. It makes me feel really strong and also improves my pace for longer runs outdoors. I think Flybarre is the hardest barre class in the city. I leave there literally shaking. The instructors are great at correcting your form, and all the little pulses really tone your body. I love my Pilates instructor, Karen Lord, most of all! I stand for at least ten hours a day and lug my kit up and down the subway stairs. My job is really physical and it takes a toll on my body. Karen kills my core, but also realigns my back and releases tension in my shoulders. She’s super-intuitive and amazing at healing injuries. She is opening a huge new studio in Tribeca this month and I’m so excited for her.
THE SIGNATURE SCENT
“I love Le Labo’s Santal 33. It’s pretty masculine, but I don’t care. I like to combine that with a custom scent I had made by Julia Zangrilli. Her studio, Nova, is based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She creates one-of-a-kind fragrances and offers perfumery classes. The whole experience is so awesome. After your initial visit, Julia sends you all these little trials that you test on your skin. You have to try them out because they smell differently on everyone. It has something to do with pheromones. I think she sent me seven different testers before she was happy with it.”
THE HAIR TEAM: Angela Haight and Allison Woodruff at Marie Robinson Salon
“I have worked with Marie for nine years, but when she opened her own salon and had a baby, I couldn’t ask her to stay late and do my color any longer. I have had everyone at Marie’s salon do my color—I’m lucky, as we truly have the strongest color department of any salon I’ve ever worked in. Angela has been doing it lately. She is so talented. She recently took me super-blond and I have zero breakage. Allison cuts my hair. She is a good friend of mine and gives the coolest cuts.”
THE BROW TAMERS: Landy Dean or Joette Balsamo
“I have really light eyebrows, so I color them darker. It’s so crazy when I do it because my eyebrows are so light that you don’t really notice them. Post dye job it’s like, “There they are!” Then Landy or Joette tweeze all the little hairs you couldn’t see before. I wish I had naturally dark, thick eyebrows, but Landy and Joette both totally fake it for me.”
THE SKIN REGIMEN
“I don’t really get facials—I’m really low maintenance in that department—but I’m strict with my skincare regime. I use Radical Skincare exfoliating pads at night; they make my skin really bright. I also use its eye cream. I wash my face with Tracie Martyn’s cleanser and use her moisturizer. I take my makeup off with coconut oil. I use that and oil of oregano for everything. Oil of oregano is a natural antibiotic. I take it in capsules when I feel like I’m getting sick, and I use it topically, mixed with coconut oil, for sore muscles. If I get a breakout, I use Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, and it works overnight.”
THE STYLE ADDRESS: Bird
“In Williamsburg my go-to is Bird. I get anxious in big department stores and prefer shopping in a smaller, well-edited environment. Bird has everything I’m looking for. I also love scarves from this company called Upstate. They hand-dye raw silk in this Japanese tradition called shibori. They’re so beautiful!”
See shopbird.com and youreupstate.com.
THE LOCAL EATERY: Cafe Mogador
“I’m a vegetarian, and my boyfriend is a really picky eater. Everything at Mogador tastes amazing, and it offers items we both can enjoy. It’s a really beautiful restaurant, too. The back is totally enclosed in glass so you feel like you’re outside—makes for a great mood booster in the winter.”
THE DATE NIGHT: Nitehawk Cinema
“My boyfriend and I both work long hours, so I used to hate wasting a date on a movie. Nitehawk changed that for me. It’s the only way I go to the movies now. You sit in these little theaters where there’s a table between the seats with a tiny light. You write down drink and food orders, and the waiters pick them up throughout the film. It’s genius.”
THE MAKEUP ESSENTIALS
“I learned a lot of makeup tricks from working with Berta Camal. She introduced me to Koh Gen Do Aqua foundation, and I am obsessed with it. I mix it with moisturizer and it’s so sheer that it keeps my skin looking fresh. I also use Guerlain bronzer in Blonde because it’s not too dark or shimmery. For lipstick I like Rebel or Lady Danger by MAC. I also love RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer and “Un” Coverup. Rose-Marie’s products are 100 percent organic, so you could sleep in them if you wanted. I put the Luminizer anywhere I want to draw light to—cheekbones, inner corners of the eyes, etc.; it’s so subtle but it really brightens up your face. And the “Un” Coverup is great when you don’t want to wear makeup but need a little coverage.”
THE NAIL SPOT: Tenoverten
“I like this place when I want a relaxing manicure and pedicure. They do a super-meticulous job, and it’s so clean.”
THE HAIR REGIMEN: Oribe and L’Oréal Paris Elnett
“I color my hair really blond, so it tends to get a bit dry. Oribe shampoo and conditioner for moisture and control keep it soft and strong. The Supershine Moisture Cream keeps it from looking frizzy and the Dry Texturizing Spray is my favorite thing in the world. It creates volume in your roots and prevents your hair from getting greasy. Elnett will always be my favorite hair spray. You can spray many coats of this on your hair and still brush though it. It is the finest mist in the world, and it never goes on wet or gets sticky.”
THE GETAWAY: Deer Isle, Maine
“My family has been going to Deer Isle since I was a child. It’s this little island off the coast of northern Maine about a ten-hour drive from New York, but you can fly to Bangor in half an hour. I go a few times a year. My grandmother has a cabin there on the water. I’ve done a lot of traveling, but I still think Maine is the most beautiful and peaceful spot in the world. It’s the only place where I feel completely relaxed.”
A chic flat shoe can be hard to find. So that it happens to be the hero product of L.A.-based designer Jenni Kayne’s eponymous line should come as no surprise. We speak specifically of her D’Orsay flat. Perfectly cut for ultimate foot flattery, highly wearable, and available in a veritable Crayola box of colors, they have graced the feet of many a style-setter, both famous and not. Besides dreaming up a pair of flats par excellence, Kayne, who launched her brand while still a teenager, is known for dealing in clothes with a simple but sophisticated appeal—modern easy-wear, if you will. She has also recently turned her attention to the wide world of personal blogs with the launch of Rip + Tan, a very Goop-esque lifestyle site named after her kids, Ripley and Tanner, with everything from recipes to product finds. This year marks Jenni Kayne’s (the brand, that is) tenth birthday, a perfect time, we think, to check in with her and get the scoop on some of her own beauty favorites.
THE REGULAR POLISH SPOT: Jessica’s Nails
“My best friend, Nicole Simone, turned me on to Jessica’s just over eight years ago, and I go religiously every week. It’s totally old-school. They have amazing nail polishes, and the manicures are the best. It has become such a part of my routine that I don’t feel like I can breathe if I skip a week.”
For more information, visit here.
THE ACUPUNCTURIST: Tao of Wellness
“I go once a week for acupuncture, to try to stay balanced and have a relaxing hour to myself. It keeps me healthy and sane. I drink their Chinese herbs daily—they keep me from getting sick and definitely shorten colds when I get them.”
For more information, visit www.taoofwellness.com.
THE FACIALIST: Terri Lawton
“Terri is the best. I always leave glowing, balanced, and relaxed. I try to go once every two months. She also makes amazing products—I use her Stem Cell Moisturizer daily.”
For more information, visit www.terrilawton.com.
Since meeting makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift four years ago—at her apartment, while she was dog-sitting Miranda Kerr’s Yorkie, no less—we’ve been hooked on her exceptional makeup range. A favorite with green-leaning models—many of whom Swift has primped and primed on set as an editorial makeup artist over the last two decades—her RMS Beauty line features products that are not only nontoxic but also include a laundry list of natural ingredients that actually help heal and nourish the skin as well. The collection is full of perennial multiuse staples, like the “Un” Cover-Up and the Living Luminizer, as well as an edited range of eye, lip, and cheek tints, which Swift adds to seasonally. Her latest launch is a limited-edition shade of the Moringa-oil-infused Lip Shine and, unsurprisingly, it’s a winner. Sacred, as the watermelon color is called, imparts a light, moisture-enriched kiss of bright coral-y pink to mouths that can be built up or worn sheer. While not as pigmented as Swift’s fan-favorite Lip2Cheek colors, the emollient balm also happens to double as a lightweight, transparent blush, which will be a huge plus come summer’s sweltering temps.
My first encounter with RMS Beauty’s Rose-Marie Swift was a memorable one. It was about three years ago, when the face painter’s brand of 100 percent natural makeup was just taking off and I met her at her apartment—her apartment!—to pick up product for a shoot. We got to talking about her impressive formulas that are packed with nourishing, all-organic ingredients, and she recommended I try her pure mineral Cream Eye Shadow in Seduce, a glistening chocolate brown. Also there: Miranda Kerr’s yorkie, who Swift was pet-sitting while the Victoria’s Secret model, a friend and client, was out of town. Like Kerr, I became a fast fan of Swift’s products—particularly the ultra-creamy shadows, which Swift is about to expand upon. This month, the green-leaning makeup artist will introduce two new shades of her multitasking lid enhancer, which doubles as an eye cream to moisturize as it imparts a gorgeous wash of color. Karma is a dark brown with silver undertones, and then there’s Solar, an antique gold that was so popular on its first run Swift is bringing it back. Apply liberally.
$28, available February 14 at www.rmsbeauty.com.