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.