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Face Time | Liv Tyler

by Tina Turnbow, New York Times, June 29th 2011.

While I wait to speak to the lovely Liv Tyler, the buzz in the press room is all about how incredible her performance is The Ledge, a race-against-time thriller opening July 8. With the endearing charm of a child, she jumped up on the hotel bed for a bounce or two, before settling in to chat.

T: What products and cosmetics are essential to your beauty regimen?
L: No. 1 to me would be skin care products. I choose what product I'll use depending on the shape my skin is in. Recently it was so dry, I slathered Creme de la Mer all over my face, it drank it right up! I also really like Rodin Olio Lusso - it's composed of many essential oils and leaves my skin so soft. I cleanse with the Clarisonic, I keep it on my face longer than the instructions tell you. (She says with a mischievous grin.) For cosmetics, I always use the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Illuminating Concealer and curl my lashes with a Shu Uemura lash curler. I am obsessed with Blush Gelee de Givenchy - it's so sheer and gives me that just pinched look. Another favorite of mine is Givenchy's Hydra Sparkling Moisturizing Cream. I dab it on the tops of my cheekbones or anywhere I want a dewy, high light.

T: Any special treatments you do for you skin?
L: If I have time, I like the microdermabrasion facial at Christine Chin. I do most treatments at home. I always exfoliate with Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant. It is a fine powder you mix in your hands with water, and polish away - it's wonderful. I also give myself a mask or two every week. Christine Chin and Mario Badescu make great ones. Taking a steamy sea salt bath is also detoxifying, not to mention relaxing. I feel something is off with my skin when I don't do these things.

T: Are you an avid sunblock user?
L: I don't like the way sunblock feels on my face - it makes my pores feel clogged. I only use it when I am lying out in the sun.

T: Do you have a fragrance you use consistently?
L: Yes, I've been using it for 15 or so years: a simple musk oil from my favorite apothecary. Lately I have been mixing it with a touch of Very Irresistible Givenchy L'Intense - so lovely.

T: Your mom, Bebe Buell, is quite a beauty. Any tips from her?
L: Her mom, my grandmother, was a woman who took really good care of herself and her skin. It was passed down from her. Caring for myself and enhancing naturally with makeup all comes automatically to me it's what I grew up around. I have special memories of my mom and grandmother applying makeup, lotions and creams in a very feminine, thoughtful way.

T: How about makeup application. Do you prefer brushes or your fingertips?
L: I always use my fingers to apply and blend everything. It looks the most natural, and sinks in to my face rather than sitting on top.

T: Do you include anything in your diet that is beneficial to your skin?
L: I do love Organic Avenue. I always get the fresh cucumber juice - I can tell the difference in my skin when I don't have it. But I eat just about everything, so my diet is pretty balanced. Right now I'm crazy about the restaurant Mary's Fish Camp. You have to try it!

T: Is there a quality in women that you admire and strive for in yourself?
L: Yes - to be centered, grounded and content. It's easy to get caught up and wound up with all the multitasking, busy schedules and juggling. I'm working on stepping back, taking a breath, having faith, being more accepting of myself and the moment.

T: Anything you haven't done in your life so far that you would like to?
L: I'm taking steps toward doing those things now. One is having a house in the country and having a big garden. Another is learning to play the guitar. I also want to get more comfortable with singing and dancing. I may sing something for a Givenchy commercial soon, that will be just the push I need. I am trying to tackle some fears, which is good. It's all a process, getting from one place to the next. I just keep evolving, staying in touch with my intuition and instincts.

T: Has your taste in clothes changed as you've matured?
L: Definitely. I was always into girlie, feminine, vintage and more playful clothes. Now I go for a mix of tough with feminine or classic. I've been weeding out my wardrobe, trying to pare down to more timeless silhouettes. I'm enjoying Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci's work. I am also a big fan of Stella McCartney. She is great at making a piece that is sexy and strong yet appears easy and effortless.

T: A lot like your looks! You always look so effortlessly fresh and beautiful. Do you have a secret on achieving that look?
L: Thank you! I find that what is going on internally has a great impact on how you look. I've been through some rough and trying times - it always shows on my face. No matter how many lotions and potions I would apply. It's important to maintain my spirit and happiness, making time for some self-love. If I don't, I won't be looking that great.