by Nadine Baggott, Hello!, February 2012. Photos by Simon Emmett. Scans by Rianon.
With a new ad campaign and another movie to her
name, life's looking good for Liv Tyler.
Here the statuesque US beauty gives us the inside track
on her hair, happiness and heroines.
Liv Tyler is naturally engaging; with sparkling
eyes, glossy hair and long,
lean legs, the Stealing Beauty star
commands your attention when she
walks into a room. But then the
34-year-old sits with her legs tucked
under her to chat, and her constant
laughter lets you in on a soft, warm
side as she speaks proudly of being a
mother - to Milo, seven - and tells
how her favourite fragrance is that
of those she loves.
Congratulations! You're the new face - or
should that be hair? - of Pantene.
"You might not know that I
originally did a Pantene commercial
when I was 19. I was so flattered
because I was at school and only
ever used Pantene. Then I did a
whole slew of commercials for other
products but never for hair and
people would say to me. 'You have
such healthy hair' so I would joke
that I needed another commercial.
When Pantene called 15 years
later, I was so excited that I dug out
my old ad to show them! It's on the
internet if you want to see it."
You're known for your natural, glossy hair.
What's your secret?
"A great conditioner and a great
cut. I'm pretty useless at doing my
own hair. I have this clever
technique - I put in a little serum,
roll the sides back and twist it
continually, then fix it back at the
nape of my neck in a band. When it
dries, it has these pretty, soft waves."
What is your favourite Pantene
"I honestly don't have a favourite as
I love them all. I still use the original
conditioner that I used when I was a
teenager, it makes my hair really
beautiful and shiny. And now I'm
discovering the new masque."
If one secret of great hair is a great
cut, who do you trust with yours?
"I have to work with lots of different
hair and make-up artists but if I
have the chance to get anyone to
cut it. I choose Eugene Souleiman.
He originally cut my hair really
short for a campaign and did such a
great job that now I totally trust him.
The only problem is that right now.
he's very busy - but I'm spoiled, I
don't want anyone else to cut my
hair. He's the best."
Do you worry about going grey?
"I found my first couple of grey
hairs when I was 18. My hairdresser
convinced me that they had turned
grey overnight! I've since found out
that isn't true. Now, every once in a
while, I find one or two in the exact
same spot - but I just pull them out!
My mother [former model Bebe
Buell] is blonde so it's hard to tell
but I don't think she's grey at all. So
I am hoping it won't be a problem
for me for a while yet."
What's your skincare secret?
"My advice is to take good care of
yourself. There is no one cream that
you're going to buy that will give
you great skin. The secret is
consistency - take an extra five
minutes a day to look after your skin
I cleanse and wash off then
exfoliate. That's the key for me to
clear skin. I exfoliate my face and
body regularly with a host of gloves,
the Clarisonic brush and grainy
scrubs. I find it makes a real
difference to my skin not only to
deep clean it and remove the dead
calls, but to boost blood flow so that
I get that healthy glow."
Do you have a skin doctor?
"I've been seeing a dermatologist
since I was a teenager. In America,
we often have a skin doctor and I
also visit her for facial. As a young
woman in films, if you get a
breakout you need to see to it
really quickly. I'm lucky I don't
break out often but if I do, I seek
You've struggled with your weight in
the past and have been vociferous
about healthy body issues for
woman. What's your stay-in-shape
"I'm doing a lot of ballet at the
moment, which I love. It's a class
called Ballet Beautiful in New York
City but you can go online as she
has amazing DVD's. My trainer is
Mary Helen Bowen.
I have always loved to dance and
was born with these crazy, weird
ballerina feet so it feels very natural
for me to do a lot of Pilates and
dance, stretching and movement. I
really enjoy it. A of my friends
work out with her too and it's such
fun - sometimes we even throw
tutus on. She is an inspiration as she
has the most beautiful body in the
world and used to be a ballerina."
Do you find the class easy?
"It looks really easy but is crazy hard
to do. You do the most simple arm
movement that looks like nothing
but when you do them repetitively,
you can barely move. And it's
aerobic - when I finish. I'm out of
breath, hot and flustered."
Do you work out extra hard if you
have a film role to prepare for?
"It depends on the role but if I need
to reach a goal. I have an amazing
trainer called David Kirsch.
Sometimes I do David's programme
for a week or two and that shows
really quick results. You work out
every day and have a shake for
breakfast and a shake for lunch and
then protein and a big salad for
dinner and maybe an apple at one
of his bars and lots of vitamins and
supplements. It really works for me."
Do you have to much what you eat
or feel the need to diet?
"I do and don't watch what I eat.
What I mean is that I can eat what I
want, but in moderation. The truth
is that I like to eat so I won't deprive
myself of good food.
I love olive oil and red wine but
if I have a goal, like a shoot or a role
or something specific that I need to
get in shape for, then I would be
much more regimented. That's
often when David helps out."
What foods do you avoid?
"I love bread but it tends to make
me feel unwell."
Your body shape has changed quite
a bit in the past few years and you
look stronger and leaner than
"It took me months to lose the baby
weight after my son was born. But
anally, after that struggle I found
that my body has really changed. I
lost not only my baby weight but my
own baby fat. So now it is easier for
me to retain my weight and stay
consistent. I have quite a strong,
athletic body so when I exercise, it
What's your stay-healthy secret?
"I'm big on juices. Near my house in
New York there's this tiny shop
called Organic Avenue and they do
fantastic fresh juices. I love cucumber
juice, watermelon juice and coconut
water. I really notice a big difference
in my skin if I drink lots of them."
Are you high or low maintenance?
"It would appear that I am low
maintenance but the truth is that I
definitely have my things that I take
my time doing. It's just that I don't
spend ages blow drying my hair and
applying make-up every morning.
But if I had to go camping would I
survive? Oh yes, easily."
How about on a desert island?
"Oh, I don't know about a desert as
my skin is not too good in dry heat!
I prefer humidity. If I could choose
a Caribbean island with heat and
humidity I'd be in heaven - just pop
some blush and swim all day."
Are you a beauty addict? Do you get excited
about trying new products?
"I love them. I wouldn't say that I'm addicted,
but I genuinely love beauty products. I'm very girly and
love beauty and fashion and clothes.
I have a Givenchy lip balm glass that
I never leave home without. It's a
combination of a lip and cheek
balm and it's always in my bag."
What is your favourite spa
"My favourite spa is the strange
place in LA called the Beverly Hot
Springs because they have these
natural springs that you can soak in
all day. You alternate between hot
and cold water and steam and then
you go in the back and they scrub
you and massage you with milk and
honey and then wash your hair. I
don't get to go that often so at
home. I tend to take a bath or steam
and try to get a regular facial."
Do you have a favourite scent?
"The smell of my son! If I could
bottle that I would so I could always
have it with me. The smell of the
people you love is amazing - even
my dog smells good. I lift up his ear
and smell his neck."
Who are your beauty heroines?
"My grandmother and mother.
They've very different but I learned
everything about beauty from them
My grandmother was a model in
the 1950s and an etiquette teacher.
She is 81, still does yoga and looks
like she is in her 60s. I hope that I'll
take after her. My mom is equally as
beautiful. She was a model in the
1970s before I was born and has an
amazing collection of vintage
clothes. She always smells so good
and carries herself so well."
What's next for you?
"I've had a busy few years. I moved
to LA for a few years and back to
New York. I've been working with
Givenchy and doing films. I read
scripts all of the time, but it has to
be the right project to take me away
from Milo now.
I've just finished a little movie
with Susan Sarandon and Frank
Langella called. Robot and Frank that
will be released later this year."
And finally, would you rather be beautiful or smart?
"Oh, I want to be beautiful and
smart. Do I have to pick? That seems
so limiting. But okay. I would rather
be smart - and feel beautiful."