Felicity Jones On Playing The Part With A Full Beauty Kit
To call Felicity Jones the breakout star of 2011 would be an understatement; the Oxford-educated beauty started last year with a Special Jury Prize win at the Sundance Film Festival for her turn as long-distance lovesick college student Anna in the movie Like Crazy, and things only got better from there. It’s not just her on-screen work that’s earning the British actress accolades—Jones has also proven herself quite adept in the style department, sitting front-row at shows like Proenza Schouler during fashion week and nabbing campaigns for both Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup. How can she top that? With a film about the advent of vibrators—Hysteria—out this month. It’s not Cannes, but it’s getting plenty of, um, buzz. Here, the raven-haired actress talks about her eyeliner icon, getting inspiration from Cindy Sherman, and what it actually feels like to walk the red carpet in Dolce & Gabbana.
You’ve been acting for more than ten years, but it was a small indie movie that earned you your big break. How has it been dealing with the sudden fame?
It’s hard to find time to relax now—that’s why I cherish my time off more than ever before. I love watching films; I love cooking; I love being at home now, because I travel a lot for work. My favorite time is just to be in my home and cook and have friends over and talk.
How much has your beauty routine changed from when you were a student at Oxford?
I certainly take care of my skin more, especially now that I’m traveling a lot. I moisturize and drink lots of water when I’m flying; traveling forces you to be a bit kinder to yourself. When I was a student I had to do my own makeup behind the scenes in college plays. In those kind of environments—and even doing low-budget films—you all have to contribute. That’s what I like about doing them: Everyone has to bring something to the table.
You certainly pitched in while filming Like Crazy, where you reportedly tracked down the perfect shade of blue nail polish to wear as Anna. What is it about beauty that you find so vital to accurately capturing and representing a character?
As an actress, makeup can change your face [and] help you to create characters. That’s when you realize just how exciting it can be, how something as simple as combing your brows in a different way can change you. I’ve always liked the idea of the face and body as a blank canvas. Artists like Cindy Sherman interest me for the way she uses makeup; an awareness of your femininity is a performance.
Any other beauty icons?
I like different people for different occasions—I love Brigitte Bardot in all her outfits in Le Mépris, I love Grace Kelly in Rear Window, and at the same time I love Patti Smith’s androgynous style for everyday wear. I love Anna Karina, too, the Danish actress who was Jean-Luc Godard’s muse—that cat-eye look…
You seem to be quite open when it comes to fashion and beauty—is there anything you won’t wear?
I don’t stay away from many fashion or beauty experiments. I like to have fun with makeup, be experimental. I’ve been wearing lipstick more since it’s become more popular again. Lately I am in love with Dolce & Gabbana’s Passion Duo; it has an eclectic, gorgeous palette of colors, something for every occasion. I alter my look according to what I’m wearing. I like the process of applying makeup—it’s cathartic.
What are some of your other makeup go-tos?
My essentials are black Dolce & Gabbana khol eyeliner and Dolce & Gabbana Rosebud blusher. If ever I need a quick fix these are the products I turn to—I love a little definition on the eyes and a sweeping of pink on my cheeks. It makes me feel refreshed and a little more together when I don’t want to wear a full face of makeup.
Which is more stressful: dressing for the red carpet or dressing for shows during fashion week?
It depends. For the red carpet, you need strength, confidence. It’s just like theater so I like wearing Dolce & Gabbana for their theatricality. Their clothes have energy to them, so it’s like you’re going onstage. There is fearlessness—you feel it when you wear the dress. You just need the dress; it does all the work for you. It’s incredible, the underpinning—it holds you! For fashion week shows you can play with your outfit a little bit. I like to wear black but sometimes I mix it up—blue is a favorite color. For a recent event I wore their melanzana print dress; there’s a real humor to their work that makes it playful.
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