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Face time with Liv Tyler

by Annabel Meggeson, Red Marazine, Mar 2012. Photograps by Warwick Saint. Scans by Rianon.

We've seen her up close, and trust us, the actress has perfect skin. Not.A.Mark.Genes, aside here's how she does it.

"My skincare's a bit haphazard. I chop and change and try lots of different products, but I can tell quickly if I'll be going back to something or not. I also tend to stick to the type of products I know I like. Exfoliators and body scrubs are favourites, and I'm a huge fan of face masks. I love the muddy, tingly ones that tighten your pores. Small pores seem to be the key to glowing skin."

"I love having my make-up done, but when it's just me. I concentrate on really beautiful skin I use a tiny lipstick brush and concealer to cover blemishes and add a little base and powder. I think that looks really fresh if you curl your lashes, as well I also love sheer, gel blush, corally lipsticks and eye pencils in charcoal, brown and deep purple."

"Taking a bath is part of my routine, especially when I'm traveling and don't get enough sleep. I add essential oils, do a good scrub, then lie with my mask on. Taking that 20 minutes out makes all the difference - and so much of this job is about looking your best. At home, I've got a really big bath and I'll pour in two boxes of Epsom salts and have a really good sweat; or if I'm reading a script in the bath, a glug of invigorating rosemary essential oil helps me focus."

"At the moment, I'm running on about five or six hours sleep, which isn't enough, but my son wakes up at 6.30am and I rarely get to bed before midnight, I always mean to get an early night, but find myself answering emails, catching up with work, or watching a DVD. Otherwise, I'd never get that time to myself. I think a lot of mothers must relate to that."

"I know you're supposed to, but I never drink enough water. It's easier when I'm at home in New York, as I can get hold of loads of juices like cucumber, watermelon and lemon with ginger. But when I'm away it tends to slip. I compensate by adding Emergen-C sachets to the water I do drink. They're a great little boost."

"Having my hair styled for special events makes me feel prettier and more confident, but for everyday. I just rough-dry, part it down the middle and tightly twist the two sides. It means I can let my hair dry naturally, but still get a nice shape. I also love a low pony tail or a bun - I just twist it into a quick knot."

"I feel deeply grateful for what I have [looks-wise] but, like any woman. I feel happy about some parts and insecure about others. I try to work with what I've got. I like my legs, but have never had d great stomach, so I feel most comfortable wearing tights, an A-line dress that's not too short and a cardigan or blazer."



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