It’s hard to believe that Drew Barrymore has reached the big 4-0. With her effortless beauty, contagious free spirit and comedic flair, she has inspired women everywhere for decades, including us, and continues to do so. Here, she shares her personal beauty secrets, many of which might surprise you.
NewBeauty: What anti-aging advice do you swear by as you get older?
Drew Barrymore: That there’s no such thing! It’s an oxymoron and a battle you simply can’t win. I think the best thing to do is just find products that work for you. I’ve tried some things that my friends love and they immediately broke out and I like stuff that they don’t necessarily like, so I think it’s really personal. It’s not a one-size-fits-all journey. Don’t go down the rabbit hole—that’s just silly.
NB: What is the most critical step of your beauty regimen?
DB: I think it really comes down to just focusing on the inside because that affects the outside. When I have a little more joy and happiness and togetherness in my head and it’s not a messy space, that’s going to make a much bigger impact on how I look. And, as much as I love owning a beauty company, you want to know you have weapons, but you don’t always necessarily need to use them. The best makeup comes from the joy within. A smile is better than any lipstick you could put on.
NB: Who are your beauty icons?
DB: I always say the same boring answer, David Bowie, but I also love Jane Fonda, as well as the Madonnas and Lady Gagas of the world who are always changing themselves. I love metamorphosis and reinvention, and it’s so exciting for someone not to look the same way all the time. The more inventive the better—my icons are chameleons and reinventors.
NB: We can’t get enough of FLOWER Beauty, the beauty company you cofounded that launched in 2013. Which product from the collection is the one every woman should own?
DB: Thanks! I’m going to pick two. One is the Skincognito Stick Foundation—I will not go anywhere without it. If American Express hadn’t already coined the phrase “Don’t leave home without it,” I would apply it to Skincognito. Two is my new obsession that we just came out with called the DB Highlighter Roller Ball. It has a unique texture and formula (it was a completely different animal to make) and I find that if I have this magic wand with me, then I’ll be OK.
NB: In which outfit do you feel most beautiful?
DB: I love when I wear a dress, but I don’t wear them in my everyday life. I put one on the other night and thought, “Wow, this really is a feeling.” A lot of women wear dresses all the time, and I don’t know why, but I think they are such a big deal and I hardly ever do it.
NB: Is there one beauty mistake you’ve never lived down?
DB: Actually no. I feel like I’ve messed up in fashion moments, but I’ve always enjoyed every fun makeup moment I’ve had—the crazier the better. On my 10th birthday, I thought that wearing eye shadow was a good idea, and I still stand behind that. I took the wand and drew it around my eyelids and then dragged it out all the way to my hairline. Of course this is not me recommending that children wear makeup (!), but I’ve been passionate about being expressive for as long as I can remember.
NB: You definitely know how to rock a bold lip. What is your favorite shade to wear?
DB: I love bright colors, but there is something so chic about a berry-honey lip. It’s my favorite for everyday wear, and it reminds me of makeup I wore when I was younger in the ‘80s. We just created a lip butter for FLOWER called Night Bloomer that’s sort of a cross between berry and honey and it’s such a wearable color (it took me three years to strike the perfect balance between pink and brown). You can also put it on your cheeks and it leaves you with a little bronze.
NB: What is your go-to weekend look?
DB: Jeans and t-shirts. I wear that like every day of my life.
NB: Jeans and a t-shirt with a cute topknot?
DB: Oh God (laughs). I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I don’t know how to do a cute topknot. My hair is too curly and thick and it just looks like a giant mangled puffer donut on my head. It’s so not cute. So, it’s pretty much ponytail city for me, or I just wear it down because my daughter will yank it out by the roots.
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