Giuliana on Skincare: "If You Can Wear Less Makeup, You Won"
Wearing a stunning orange DvF dress and sky-high black YSL platforms, the radiant Italian beauty recently sat down with myStyle to discuss her personal skincare story.
You have amazing skin! Were you always so blessed?
Actually, I had really bad skin as a kid; I broke out a lot. I even had a couple scars here and there that I tried to correct with microdermabrasion. At 13, I suddenly started breaking out really badly. I would use all kinds of products all through high school. Some would burn—and I thought it was a good thing. Even though my acne was somewhat under control in college, I would still have blemishes. I would use anything to correct it, but my skin would never look good. When I wasn't happy with my skin, I never thought, Let me go find products that will make my skin better. I just wanted to cover up everything. I would get my concealer and my foundation and cake everything on.
When did it turn around? What cleared up your skin?
I finally realize that once you start taking care of your skin, you can wear less makeup. The first thing that ever really controlled my breakouts was DDF's Blemish Foaming Cleanser. That stuff is unbelievable! It made breakouts nonexistent. Their Revolve 400x is amazing, too. It takes off the dead skin cells. When you wash it off, your skin feels soft—like butter! After using it twice a week religiously, you start to get beautiful skin. You're skin starts to glow. It's like that skin you see on the red carpet.
Speaking of which, of all the celebrities you've seen up close, who has the most incredible-looking skin?
Angelina Jolie! I interviewed her at this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards. She was looking at me and smiling. She was talking about her kids—something that I would normally be excited about. But I could not stop looking at her skin. On TV, you can tell she has such gorgeous skin, but in real life, it's unbelievable! What makes it so pretty is that it's like a natural glow. It's just so beautiful. She has barely any makeup on. It was a very clean look.
Have you ever been brave enough to attend such a major event wearing very minimal makeup?
I remember going foundation-free at the 2010 Emmys. That was scary! My makeup artist and I were trying to figure out how I could go foundation-free and still look done. It was an award show. People are wearing tuxedos and gowns—I've got to look done! Every day on E! News leading up to the Emmys, I would wear less and less foundation. We ended up using a little moisturizer with a tint in it. I like a little glow. We also did a little blush, a nude lip and an iridescent eye with lashes. If you can look good without foundation and a lot of makeup on at an award show and still look done—under those lights and the event being black tie—then you've succeeded.
Make sure you catch Giuliana on the Season 5 premiere of Giuliana & Bill Tuesday, April 3, at 8/7c—only on Style!