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5 minutes with... Olivia Wilde
Girl crushes are quite common in the beautyheaven office. We all like to take the time to appreciate another woman’s beauty, so when a celebrity captures our attention again and again, a beauty crush is born. Olivia Wilde has impressed us all year with her amazing beauty looks and THOSE eyes, so we couldn’t wait to pick her brain about her favourite beauty products and inspirations.
bh: What was the very first beauty product you remember trying?
Olivia: Well it’s actually funny because my connection to Revlon is somewhat sentimental for this reason. When I was about 12, I lived in Washington DC within walking distance of a drug store and I’d go there and try on the Revlon make-up. I was so taken by the ideal of a Revlon woman so I always say it’s very profound and sentimental and bizarre that I now am a brand ambassador for them. I think the product specifically that I remember trying would be eyeshadow, a little blue eyeshadow.
bh: Are there any products that have stuck with you since you were a teen? A product that you’ve never been able to let go of?
Olivia: Mmm well now let’s see, is it the same product? I wonder…I mean I definitely still use blue eye shadow!
bh: What do you love most about being an ambassador for Revlon?
Olivia: I really enjoy what the company represents and that it’s a female brand. It’s all about just making women feel beautiful. I just have discovered that the more time I spend as the Revlon brand ambassador, the more I learn about how women like trying different things with make-up, things that make them feel great. Women will come up to me on the subway in New York or on the street and say, “oh I tried that lipstick because of that commercial and I really liked it”. It seems to me that women feel gorgeous in Revlon make-up and that makes me happy because it makes them feel good. I also really love how dedicated Revlon is to the Revlon Foundation and they work extremely hard to raise money to research a cure for breast cancer and early detection technology. It’s the one major reason I wanted to become involved, so I’d say it’s two things. One is representing women the way I feel is beneficial and positive and the other is the Foundation.
bh: Can you tell me about the moment you found out you got the gig as the ambassador?
Olivia: I had a wonderful meeting with the Revlon team and we had connected not only on beauty and style ideas but on a real interest in the world. We shared a book that we all really loved which was Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn, which is a wonderful book and we spent a lot of the meeting talking about it and I thought “I love these people, what wonderful women”. I was so honoured that they considered me kind of worthy of their brand ambassadorship, considering the women they’ve had in the past you know, going back to Audrey Hepburn, so I was really surprised. When I got the call I thought, this is fantastic, I really wanted to just get to know these people and I wanted to help be a conduit between them and the consumer.
bh: If you could give your 16-year-old self three bits of beauty advice what would they be?
Olivia: Ah, do not pluck your eyebrows. Stop dying your hair every week, it’s not good for it. And then probably last thing, learn, how to find the right shade of foundation.
bh: What would you hope to tell your 60-year-old self?
Olivia: I would want to remind my 60-year-old self that she is still young and to never give in to the idea of ageing and changing your lust for life or thirst for adventure and new lessons. I really admire women in their 60’s and those who really never stop trying things and they never lose that kind of excitement for growth, so I would remind my 60-year-old self, “Remember you’re still young at heart, you’re still me, so let’s not compromise.”
Is Olivia Wilde one of your beauty icons? Have you tried any Revlon products? If so, which is your favourite?