SIT­TING PRETTY

Beauty is all about dis­ci­pline for ac­tress and Dior muse JEN­NIFER LAWRENCE

InStyle (USA) - - Directory - by KAHLANA BARFIELD BROWN

Jen­nifer Lawrence talks style fa­vorites, beauty faux pas, and the im­por­tance of keep­ing it real

For nearly a decade now, ever since she scored her first Os­car nom­i­na­tion for her per­for­mance in 2010’swin­ter’s Bone, beauty and glam­our have been big parts of Jen­nifer Lawrence’s life. But the 28-year-old ac­tress in­sists that hasn’t al­ways been the case: “When I was grow­ing up, my broth­ers used to tell me I was ugly. Butt-ugly, to be ex­act. One time I went into the kitchen and said, ‘Mom, am I pretty?’ And she said, ‘It doesn’t mat­ter.’ She re­fused to an­swer!” In ret­ro­spect, Lawrence says, “I was for­tu­nate to go through a lot of my life with­out be­ing too con­cerned about my ap­pear­ance.” Which isn’t to say she’s against look­ing good now. “I love dress­ing up and wear­ing un­com­fort­able shoes and get­ting blis­ters,” she says cheer­fully. And per­fume is an es­sen­tial fin­ish­ing touch: “I do a squirt and walk through and it makes me feel com­plete,” she says. So her new gig as the face of Joy, Dior’s first ma­jor fra­grance since 1999, is a per­fect fit. De­scribe your style in 10 words. Um, ’90s sex worker who’s just won her case in court. OK, elab­o­rate. I like the style of the ’90s—a lit­tle bit an­drog­y­nous but also el­e­gant. I love mix­ing it up. What’s it been like help­ing to launch a new per­fume? Just watch­ing the whole process was so cool. Fly­ing to Paris, vis­it­ing the lab­o­ra­tory, and meet­ing [Dior per­fumer-cre­ator] François Demachy, who is such a ge­nius … it was this whole world I knew noth­ing about. I got to smell dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents and see how they worked to­gether. My mom used to wear Miss Dior when I was a kid, so I’ve al­ways had a con­nec­tion to Dior per­fumes. When did you first start wear­ing makeup? Mid­dle school was when it got fun to be, like, girlie. I’d do frosted lips and shim­mery teal eye shadow. I wasn’t al­lowed to wear eye­liner,

so I’d take my mom’s mas­cara to school and line my eyes with the wand, which looked great. The rac­coon look! I’m go­ing to bring that back. What’s the cra­zi­est thing you’ve ever done to your hair? One time I went on a cruise, and I chopped it all off. And I re­mem­ber that [when I got back to school] I went into the gym­na­sium and the whole place went quiet be­cause I had this full-blown curly ’fro. It was the worst hair­cut of my life. But I still go through phases when I want to cut off all my hair. Some­times we learn the hard way. What else have you dis­cov­ered about your look over the years? When I was young, be­fore I knew bet­ter than to Google my­self, I learned by look­ing at pho­tos on­line that my face looks bet­ter from the side be­cause of my gi­ant cheeks. More re­cently, I’ve learned that if I’m work­ing a lot, wak­ing up at 4 a.m. and do­ing 16-hour days, I’m go­ing to get re­ally bad [un­der­eye] bags. That’s my big­gest bat­tle when I’m work­ing. You need that beauty sleep. How do you take care of your

skin? Well, I have re­ally dry skin, so I wear night cream even dur­ing the day. I’m also re­ally, re­ally good about sun­block. And, in the­ory, I get mi­cro­der­mabra­sion once a month, al­though that’s one of those things I al­ways find my­self post­pon­ing. When do you feel most beau­ti­ful? Hon­estly, when I’m at my most dis­ci­plined. Like, when I’m re­ally mak­ing my­self go to the gym. Which is a joke, be­cause I def­i­nitely pay more for can­celed work­outs than ac­tual ones. But when I’m there and run­ning on the tread­mill, that’s when I feel most pow­er­ful. I know you’ve been vo­cal about un­re­al­is­tic beauty stan­dards, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to body sham­ing. How do you deal with that? I just like it when ev­ery­one’s hon­est. If you are 20 pounds un­der­weight and talk about eat­ing pizza and fried chicken all the time, that’s not go­ing to make peo­ple feel good about them­selves. If I’m go­ing to the Os­cars or hav­ing a movie première—i won’t lie—i’mprob­a­bly

eat­ing dif­fer­ently from how I would in my reg­u­lar life to fit into those dresses. And I feel com­fort­able say­ing that. In a world that’s so hung up on im­press­ing oth­ers, how do you man­age to en­joy fash­ion and beauty with­out feel­ing the need to con

form? You just have to keep it per­sonal. If you want to feel beau­ti­ful, whether that means ex­tend­ing your eye­lashes or bring­ing out your nat­u­ral lip color or what­ever it is, then you should. There’s noth­ing wrong with that. It’s only a prob­lem when you’re do­ing it for some­one else. Have you be­come more con­fi­dent as you’ve

got­ten older? Yes. I’m start­ing to get a lit­tle more con­trol over my­self. Like, I’m aware that I have a ten­dency to say what­ever pops into my mind. So when Igo out, I try to be my own per­sonal trainer and tell my­self, “Don’t say it.”

Is that why you’re not on so­cial me­dia? I’m on it. But I’m a voyeur: I watch, I don’t speak. There is al­ways so much back­lash. So many peo­ple are lis­ten­ing and pay­ing at­ten­tion, and they have so many opin­ions about ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing. I re­ally don’t want to wel­come that un­less it’s ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary. I don’t want to put my­self out there for no rea­son. Un­less I’m pro­mot­ing some­thing or some­thing re­ally burns my onions, you won’t hear from me. What would you say is the big­gest les­son

you’ve learned in life so far? Ev­ery­thing gets bet­ter as you get older. It’s eas­ier to cut through things, and ev­ery­thing gets sim­pli­fied. Phys­i­cally, ev­ery­thing gets worse. Like, why does my neck hurt? Why are my knees crack­ing? But emo­tion­ally, it gets bet­ter. n

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