Hollywood is a tricky place. Models act like chameleons of sorts, changing their look from one day to the next. Actresses are often perceived as the characters they play, all the way down to how they dress. But for Robin Wright, a long-standing fixture in the film industry, what you see is what you get. There’s no tiptoeing around the fact that this woman is a natural beauty and stays true to herself without wavering an inch. If there’s one heavy-hitter in Hollywood who deserves the title of an “all-natural beauty,” it’s Robin Wright.
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Women in powerful positions know a thing or two about holding their own. Despite the fact that she plays politician Claire Underwood on the critically acclaimed Netflix political-drama series House of Cards, the 51-year-old mother of two has starred in a plethora of films, including The Princess Bride, Forrest Gump and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, among others (up next is Blade Runner 2049), before landing on her latest gig. The Golden Globe–award winner (she’s also received five consecutive Emmy nominations) has also earned as much recognition for her outspoken voice on female equal pay and other feminist rights as she has for her ability to command the big screen. Robin also made her directorial debut on House of Cards in 2014, and launched a socially conscious sleepwear line, Pour Les Femmes, with clothing designer Karen Fowler later that year. Witty, personable and unapologetically honest, Robin sat down with us and shared the good, the bad and the ugly about aging, beauty and even her wrinkles, which she doesn’t mind all that much.
NewBeauty: What has changed the most about your look over the years?
Robin Wright: I look older (laughing). You find that when you look at old pictures and then hold them up to current pictures, the baby fat falls away and you see more severe lines in your features. It’s like your cheekbones become more prominent, your cheeks aren’t as full, your nose isn’t as pug and there’s not as much flesh. And clearly more wrinkles, obviously.
NB: Looking back at your modeling days, are there any beauty tips you learned that you still rely on today?
RW: I remember hearing at a very young age to always rub in skin care products, or whatever else it is, from the neck up—kind of in the same way they move their hands in an upward motion when you’re getting a facial. I also learned about thoroughly cleaning my face morning and night, using a serum before moisturizer, and using a very heavy moisturizer that’s very emollient.
NB: What are some of your favorite products?
RW: I use Chantecaille Beauté, a French company that uses all natural botanicals. I flip between that and New York Dermatology Group (NYDG) Skin Care. I’m an avid user of their cleansers, moisturizers and serums. And their sunscreen is a necessity and a must-do every day. He (New York dermatologist David Colbert, MD) makes these oils and this beautiful pomegranate one that I put on after I moisturize my skin. And oils are good at night!
NB: Your skin is flawless and you barely have a line on your face. What is your secret?
RW: I don’t think there are secrets. I think we all know the more you eat right, exercise, sleep well and don’t have so much stress in your life, you’re going to look better and younger and feel better. I have a very stressful life, and then I acquire a peaceful break. You’re never going to not have stress. So, it’s about finding the balance.
NB: You’ve worn your hair many different ways over the years. Which style is your favorite?
RW: I’m growing out my hair for the first time in years. It’s been short since I’ve been on House of Cards, and I love having my hair short, but I’m experimenting with the long hair phase again. So to tell you the truth, we will see. I started taking Nutrafol, a vitamin that helps your hair grow thicker and faster. I really need to be diligent with it because I’m so bad about taking that type of stuff consistently. But, apparently it’s the queen of rapidity if you want more hair faster.
NB: What is your biggest beauty struggle?
RW: I’m not digging the brown spots I’ve got going on at this age. But guess what? You’ve got to welcome them all.
NB: You’re big on the natural look. Do you subscribe to that same approach when it comes to your lifestyle?
RW: Yes, I’ve always been this way. Too much is just too much in my book. Too much makeup, too much hair—I can’t pull it off. So, “less is more” is my motto.
NB: Let’s talk wrinkles. There was an article published a few years ago in which you mentioned “Botox sprinkles.” What else are you doing?
RW: Of course I still do my Botox sprinkles—every once in a while. I also do a treatment called Sublime. It’s this new nonsurgical treatment that uses heat to generate your own collagen to come closer to the surface. I’ve noticed a change in the quality of my skin for sure. My friend has a very funny line: “This aging thing? It’s so damn expensive!”
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