Katherine Langford on the Transformative Power of Makeup and L’Oréal Paris | Interview

ALLURE: Are there any tips that you have picked up while in the makeup chair that you like to use or tell other people to do?

LANGFORD: A trick that I learned, actually from Val Garland, if you’re using a lipstick that kind of looks similar to your lips, you can use that color as part of your blush, or you can use it as part of your eyeshadow, and that just ties everything in really nicely.

ALLURE: You’ve tried so many fun beauty looks over the years. Is there anything that you want to try in the future?

LANGFORD: One of the most enjoyable parts of this job [aside from acting] is being able to work with incredible makeup artists and hairstylists. I feel really lucky with the team that I have. We come up with different looks, and to be able to experience that and collaborate with people who are so creative and great at what they do, it’s definitely a lot of fun. I’m very open to that kind of process. I’ve never said no to an idea.

ALLURE: As you’ve been sheltering in place, has your beauty routine changed at all?

LANGFORD: It’s given me time to explore fun things — or just explore different products, which I usually wouldn’t do if I was on the run or working. Also, a beauty routine, it’s part aesthetics and creative, but it’s also a really great form of self-love and self-care. And definitely [while sheltering in place], those things are really important. It’s been nice to indulge in that.

ALLURE: When you think about self-care, does a certain definition in mind?

LANGFORD: I think self-care takes so many different forms. I used to think some kind of grand beauty gesture or a beauty extravagance was self-care, but I didn’t really grow up with that. Over the past couple of years, I’ve really recognized it more as self-love. When I’ve been working on things that were really grueling, I would get a massage every once in a while. But while at home, I also use masks and moisturizer and just been extra caring towards my skin.

ALLURE: How many steps is your skin-care routine?

[Honestly,] I don’t know. It’s something I’m still figuring out, and it’s something that changes — not just every day, depending on what you need. Also, throughout the stages of life, I think you will want to focus on something different.

I really hate the term anti-aging, though. I’ve seen that on a couple of things. I think it’s so dignified, for a woman especially, to be able to age. I don’t really like the term anti-aging. I think if anything, it’s more caring or restorative.

I definitely wash my face and wear sunscreen. And, if you’re an Australian, I think every Australian is towards the importance of sunscreen from the moment they’re born.

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