Makeup Monday: Eva Amurri Martino Breaks Down Her Beauty Routine
The actress, who also happens to be a new mom and blogger, shares her quick and easy tips and tricks for looking well-rested — even when you're not.
Eva Amurri Martino, actress, mother and creator of the recently launched blog, Happily Eva After, tells it like it is. And it’s her candid tone and openness about being a new mom while also working in Hollywood — preparing for a role while running after her 1-year-old daughter, Marlowe (whose father is retired soccer star and current host of the Travel Channel’s 36 Hours, Kyle Martino) — that has her readers captivated regardless of whether they’re fellow working actresses or new moms just trying to make it all happen.
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Here, Amurri shares the beauty secrets she’s learned on set, plus her mother Susan Sarandon’s best advice for always looking good.
In a few words, how would you describe your beauty routine?
Simple, targeted, fast.
What’s the best beauty advice your mother ever gave you?
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What’s the most valuable beauty tip you’ve learned from being on movie sets?
The effect of using fake lashes. I always use some fake lashes for any kind of dressed-up face, whether it's a few individual lashes, or a dramatic strip. I find that fake lashes really bump the beauty up a notch and make me feel great.
What is the one beauty look (hair or makeup) that you regret trying?
A bob haircut. It was not for me, and took forever to grow out.
Your desert island product?
Sunscreen for my face! I love Dermaquest tinted SPF ($42).
Your red lip look is always on point. What is your go-to shade?
I have so many favorite shades of red, for different moods, but my number one is Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #401 ($36). The orangey-red shade is perfection for any skin tone.
Has your beauty regimen changed since having a child and if so, how?
Now I stick to what works and don't change my products around as much. With less time, I wear a lot less makeup and so my skin has to be looking better than it used to. I have learned how to put a three-minute makeup look together that I can do while Marlowe is playing on my bathroom floor. It's just a few items but it really makes me look a lot more rested than I am!
What is your morning makeup routine like?
I use Jane Iredale Pure Pressed mineral base ($52). It's chemical-free and lightweight — you can apply a dusting or more layers for increased coverage. Then I do a quick dusting of blush (I love NARS Deep Throat, $28), fill in my brows with pencil (Clinique Waterproof eyebrow pencil, $17) and curl my lashes before applying mascara (Clinique Lashpower Mascara, $18). If I have 30 more seconds to spare, my secret weapon is Benefit High Beam ($26), which is an amazing highlighting fluid. I put a few dots on my brow bone, and the highest part of my cheekbones, and it makes me look ultra-rested and glowing (which I'm not!)
Please share your skincare secrets and the experts you turn to for top treatments (facials, hair, brows, nails…)
My priority is keeping my skin looking great — perfect skin is the best beauty weapon. For facials I go to Shani Darden, who is the best of the best. She has minimized my skincare routine, and I've seen incredible results. For hair color I love Svetlana at Salon True (she does amazing Balyage) and the eyebrow shaping at Vanity Cosmetics. For a great organic spray tan I got to Chocolate Sun or Bronzed Bunny!