It’s all about her brows and red lip­stick

Diane Kruger ‘more Euro­pean’ when it comes to beauty

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - BEE SHAPIRO

Ac­tress Diane Kruger, 39, has a full slate this sum­mer with roles in “The In­fil­tra­tor,” which opened Wed­nes­day, and “Dis­or­der,” which will be re­leased in the United States next month.

Kruger is known for her beauty, but she grew up in Ger­many in a house­hold where, she said, “talk­ing about your ap­pear­ance wasn’t en­cour­aged.” Now, with home bases in Paris and Los An­ge­les, and fre­quent flights to New York City for work, she has amended her beauty and fit­ness reg­i­men here and there. Still, Kruger said, she’s more Euro­pean in her sen­si­bil­i­ties. See what she’s us­ing.

Skin Care

I usu­ally start the day with this face wash from Uriage. It foams, and you can find it at the French phar­ma­cies. I’ve been us­ing it for at least five years. Then I use a toner from Kiehl’s. It’s the blue one, a clas­sic. Right now be­cause it’s sum­mer, I’ve been us­ing Chanel Hydra Beauty serum as my mois­tur­izer. And I al­ways wear sunscreen. The one I’m us­ing is also by Chanel, and it’s SPF 50 but re­ally light.

For eye cream, it de­pends. If I use one, it’s by Uriage. This rou­tine works for me. I tend to break out easily, so I stick with what I’ve picked up over the years.

I’m prob­a­bly more Euro­pean in my think­ing be­cause of where I grew up: the “less is more” phi­los­o­phy. My sunscreen habit is from liv­ing in L.A., though I don’t like to be tan like some of the peo­ple there. And when I go to New York, all the women are so on top of it. They have their der­ma­tol­o­gists they see for this and that. I can’t keep up. I don’t even pluck my brows.

But I will do a gom­mage, or an ex­fo­li­at­ing scrub, by Sen­sai. It’s cool: It’s a dry prod­uct, you put it on your face and it works. I do it once or twice a week.


It de­pends on the state of my skin. If it’s a good day, I’ll just use a Clé de Peau con­cealer un­der my eyes and on any blem­ishes. If it’s not a good day, then I do a BB cream or the tinted mois­tur­izer from Laura Mercier. If I’m go­ing out, then it’s the Chanel Vi­ta­lu­mière Aqua.

It’s in­ter­est­ing, be­cause I do both Amer­i­can movies and French in­de­pen­dent films — I’m cur­rently shoot­ing a movie in the South of France — the dif­fer­ence with makeup. In Amer­i­can movies, es­pe­cially the big-bud­get films, they def­i­nitely want the lead­ing lady to look as good as she can. The French are al­ways about be­ing real, and less is more. Some­times I have to fight to cover up my pim­ples.

Usu­ally, though, if it’s not work, I just do a brown mas­cara from the drug­store. But I al­ways do a brow, even dur­ing the day. I use an ash colour pen­cil by Chanel. My brows are nat­u­rally pretty thick, but I like to ac­cen­tu­ate them be­cause I think they give me char­ac­ter and frame my face. I don’t need as much makeup if I do my brows.

For night, I don’t like black on my eyes, but I’ll usu­ally do a dark brown liner, like a cat-eye. I don’t know why, but when I’m in Paris, I tend to do just eye­brows and a red matte lip. I love the MAC Ruby Woo, and I have a bunch of dif­fer­ent reds from Nars. Fra­grance I wear Calvin Klein Beauty. I used to be the face of it, but I’m not any­more. I like the idea of smelling the same for a long time. Be­fore, I wore the Burberry scent for five years. I’ve been on Beauty for about six years now. Hair I’m a nat­u­ral blond but not a very pretty blond, so I used to get lots of high­lights. Then I had to do a red­dish thing for a movie, and I haven’t done any­thing to it since. Now it’s growing out, and I think it’s the nicest colour I’ve ever had. The red kind of washed out, the old high­lights have come through, and my nat­u­ral roots are out. It’s darker than it usu­ally is, and I’m lov­ing it.

For cuts and colour, I have some­one in Paris, David Mal­lett, and some­one in L.A., Vanessa Spaeth, who is a free­lancer and is re­ally good with blondes. L.A. blondes are of­ten too white. In New York, I go to Serge Nor­mant.

I of­ten use David Mal­lett prod­ucts. He has a re­ally beau­ti­ful re­pair mask. I also love the Christophe Robin rose sham­poo, and some­times I use his oil on the ends of my hair. For styling, I like Ouai dry sham­poo and tex­tur­iz­ing spray. I love the smell. And I also love Oribe prod­ucts. Other Ser­vices I do mas­sages. I pre­fer more of a Thai mas­sage, some­thing that’s more en­er­giz­ing. I’ve tried acupunc­ture but just can’t get into it. I’m not a spa junkie. Diet and Fit­ness I eat ev­ery­thing in mod­er­a­tion — I don’t like junk food any­way — but I do ex­er­cise a lot. I’m prob­a­bly over­do­ing it. I used to be a bal­let dancer, but then for years I didn’t work out. As I got older and felt I needed to get toned and all those things, I started go­ing to the gym. I also like to be out­doors, to cy­cle and hike. But now that I’m ex­er­cis­ing, I can’t just go two or three times a week. Sud­denly it’s work­ing out ev­ery day for an hour and a half.

Paris is ac­tu­ally ter­ri­ble for ex­er­cise. Twenty years ago, when I first moved here, there was noth­ing. It’s got­ten bet­ter, but the equip­ment is of­ten re­ally old. It’s harder to find good classes. For sure, L.A. and New York are fit­ness havens.


Diane Kruger, who used to be a bal­let dancer and now works out ev­ery day for an hour and a half, is known for her beauty. But she grew up in Ger­many in a house­hold where, she said, "talk­ing about your ap­pear­ance wasn’t en­cour­aged."


Hav­ing grown up with a "less is more" phi­los­o­phy, Kruger uses prod­ucts that in­clude a face wash from Uriage, the Chanel Hydra Beauty serum mois­tur­izer, and an ex­fo­li­at­ing scrub by Sen­sai.

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