Glam Before and After
Glam Before and After
Emma Watson
Name: Emma Watson
Jobs: Actress, model and activist
Famous For: Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Emma Watson
Name Emma Watson
Jobs Actress, model and activist
Famous For Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“There’s something about looking into someone else’s makeup bag—it’s such an intimate glimpse into their personality somehow.” Rising to fame as Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter film franchise in the new millennium, Emma Watson has found staying power in Hollywood over the last two decades thanks to her incredible talent and stunning girl next door beauty. Although she had never acted professionally prior to answering an open casting call for Harry Potter in 1999, Watson was exactly what J.K. Rowling had in mind when she wrote Hermione in the original novel series. Landing the part and joining Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint for all eight films in the franchise, she earned international fame and critical praise while taking home $60 million. In the years since then, she’s given exceptional performances in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, and This is the End. Most recently, she starred as Belle in the romantic fantasy musical, Beauty and the Beast, where she once again proved that she only gets more beautiful with time! So, how does she do it?

FOUNDATION, BRONZER & BLUSH

RMS Un Cover-Up Concealer ($36) RMS Un Cover-Up Powder ($34)
Tata Harper Bronzing Cheek Tint ($39) Vita Liberata Self-Tanning Bronzing Powder ($55)
Chanel Powder Blush in Frivole ($45) Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush in Candid ($28)
Ilia Multi Stick Blush ($34) Elde Cosmetics Cream Blush ($25)

For the premiere of Beauty and the Beast in March 2017, makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto showcased Watson’s signature freckles to give her a youthful, yet simple glow that enhanced Watson’s effortless elegance. To do that, Yoshimoto borrowed from Watson’s favorite products—the RMS Un Cover-Up Concealer ($36) and the RMS Un Cover-Up Powder ($34). “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve embraced my freckles much more and I want to be able to see them,” Watson says. “When we were filming Beauty and the Beast, I insisted on keeping my freckles as a part of the movie. There are so many young girls who are going through puberty who really hate having them, so I felt the need to say that I have them and I think the look of natural skin is beautiful. I didn’t want to get blanked out!”

Although Watson typically tones and defines her eyebrows with the Jane Iredale Clear PureBrow Brow Gel ($21), Yoshimoto brushed out the actress’s eyebrows to create a more youthful feel and dusted on Tata Harper Bronzing Cheek Tint ($39) for contour. Watson also likes to use Vita Liberata Self-Tanning Bronzing Powder ($55) that, despite her pale complexion, naturally tans her skin as she wears it. To finish Watson’s foundation, Yoshimoto used Chanel Powder Blush in Frivole ($45) across the apples of her cheeks. Again, Watson has a few other favorite blushes and often turns to Jane Iredale’s In Touch Cream Blush in Candid ($28), the Ilia Multi Stick Blush ($34), or the Elde Cosmetics Cream Blush ($25) to add color to her cheeks.

EYES

Jane Iredale Iced Brown Smooth Affair for Eyes ($32) Jane Iredale Liquid Liner in Brown ($21)
Jane Iredale Clear PureBrow Brow Gel ($21) DHC Perfect Pro Mascara ($18.50)

Recently interested in finding sustainable, organic, and clean makeup products, Watson is a huge fan of Jane Iredale products and uses the Jane Iredale Detail Brush ($14) to apply the Jane Iredale Iced Brown Smooth Affair shades to her eyes. She also relies on brush sets from Caroline James ($112) and Artis Elite ($360) to complete her look, but her absolute favorite product is the Jane Iredale Liquid Liner in Brown ($21). “Finding a good, natural eyeliner took me like, six months, but I found me,” she told The Gloss. “Jane Iredale does an amazing liquid eyeliner and she has one in dark brown, which I prefer to black on my skin tone.”

Keeping her eye makeup fairly simple with liner and the occasional smoky eye, Watson’s look is easy to achieve with or without a set of makeup brushes. Just apply the Smooth Affair shadow to your eyelid, line the top of your lid with eyeliner, and finish off the look with Watson’s favorite mascara—DHC Perfect Pro Mascara ($18.50). “The only mascara I use is from DHC,” she says. “The thing is, I really, really hate using harsh makeup removers, especially around my eyes. They sting and make my eyes water and don’t feel good to me. But the DHC mascara only comes off in warm water. So, I use it on films because if I’m in a tank or it’s raining, then the mascara doesn’t run because it won’t move in cold water. And the brush is really nice; I swear by it.”

LIPS

Christophe Danchaud Lipstick in Absolution #20 ($29) Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick ($26)
The Body Shop Red Pomegranate Cheek and Lip Stain ($10) Lily Lolo Matte Red Lipstick ($18)
Absolution Cosmetics Lipsticks ($31)

One of Watson’s staples is matte lipstick, which she uses to better define her look and add a pop of color to her face, which tends to get washed out because of her complexion. “If I’m doing my makeup myself, I do quite a clean eye and a matte red lip,” she says. “The red lip always comes out if something important is happening.” So, what lipstick does Watson prefer?

Although she wore Christophe Danchaud Lipstick in Absolution #20 ($29) at the premiere of Beauty and the Beast in March 2017, Watson has a few favorites that she keeps in her makeup bag and those include the Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick ($26), the Lily Lolo Matte Red Lipstick ($18), Absolution Cosmetics lipsticks ($31), and the Red Pomegranate Cheek and Lip Stain from The Body Shop. “It’s not certified organic or anything, but they do a ton of awesome work for the environment and fair trade,” Watson says of The Body Shop. “It’s something I always wear because A) it doesn’t really look like makeup and B) I tend to get very pale. I’m not someone who has a ton of pink in her skin, so I get washed out without a bit of color added to my face. It makes me look healthy and less exhausted. And I like that you can kiss someone while you’re wearing it and it’s not going to come off.”

OVERALL LOOK

Jane Iredale Detail Brush ($14) Caroline James Makeup Brush Set ($112)
Artis Elite Makeup Brush Set ($360)

A self-described makeup junkie, Watson says her obsession started when she was a kid working on Harry Potter. Apart from asking to look through her makeup artists’ bags, she would ask to clean and organize other people’s makeup bags. “I would sit there and clean every product and put it all back together again,” she said. “It’s been a passion of mine for a long time…”

Today, the 28-year-old actress reaches out to her friends and makeup artists for tips and spends a lot of time on Instagram where she searches for new products. “I just keep a beady eye out really… I’m like a magpie running around trying out new products,” she admits. “Most of my routine keeps to an 80/20 philosophy because it’s very difficult to be a complete purist especially when working in the film industry… Sometimes, you just need a mascara to be waterproof and that’s OK.”

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