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Liv Tyler - Beauty Talk

by Patricia Tortolani, InStyle, June 2009

For a woman whose beauty has been called otherworldly, the actress has a surprisingly down-to-earth attitude when it comes to her looks

What's the best trick you've picked up over the years?
Here's one I leaned on the set of a movie I filmed in Italy a million years ago [Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty]. After applying foundation and a little blush, dust your face with translucent powder, then mist skin with a rosewater spray and lay a Kleenex over it for a second. It makes your face seem flawless in a way that looks as if you aren't wearing makeup.

You're such a New Yorker. How has moving to Los Angeles changed your routine?
I spend a lot more time exercising outdoors; I just started hula-hooping in my backyard. I love it because whenever I work out, my skin glows and I feel more alive and not so stressed. L.A. is great for that.

Do you ever see yourself becoming a sun-kissed California girl?
Oh no, no. I'm happy with my weird pale skin. I tried to do a spray tan once, and the whole experience was so strange - standing there naked with a mask on my face while someone sprayed me, I kept thinking, The things we do for beauty are so funny. It wasn't for me.

Any beauty indulgences? There's nothing better than getting your hair done. I practically bounce out of the salon. It's one of those things I rarely do, but when I treat myself to it, I think, Man, I wish I could do this every day!

Liv's top must-haves

Rodin face oil
"I put three drops in my palm and rub at all over my face before bed." $135; oliolusso.com

Givenchy pop gloss crystal in moving plum
"I press it into my lips like a stain to really make the color last." $24; sephora.com

Givenchy black for light mask
"It makes my skin sparkly and fresh. The tiny containers are great for traveling." $80/9 doses and brush; sephora.com

Mario Badescu drying lotion
"I've used this my whole life whenever I get a pimple. It's amazing." $17/1 oz.; mariobadescu.com

Shu Uemura art of hair mosture velver shampoo
"I'm such a hair nerd-always trying different products. This is what I'm using now." $40/10 oz.; shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com for salons.

4 Charmed Liv

with the pillowy lips of her father, rocker Steven Tyler, and the leggy stature of her mother, model Bebe Buell, there's no question this brunette hit the genetic jackpot. But over the years the acress has created a vibe all her own.

1998 "My hair was down to my waist until the amazing stylist John Sahag cut off my ponytail."

2000 "Stella [McCartney] invited me to this event. The hat was hers; I did my own makeup."

2007 "One of my favorite looks. It was inspired by images of Marianne Faithfull from the '60s."

2008 "My hair was shorter and a little bit lighter. And my eyes looked so open and bright."

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