Con­stance Wu weighs in

As it turns out, the Crazy Rich Asians star's beauty picks go way back

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C on­stance Wu starred in what may be have been last sum­mer’s guilty plea­sure, the film adap­ta­tion of Crazy Rich Asians. She is also known for her role as Jes­sica Huang in the TV com­edy se­ries FreshOfftheB oat. Off-screen, Con­stance, who is 36 and is from Rich­mond, Vir­ginia, would love to chan­nel Jen­nifer Lopez – in beauty choices, at least. Here’s why she has “flighty” is­sues with her hair and why it is all about the J.Lo glow. Skin­care First thing: I chug a bunch of wa­ter, andthenI usu­ally do some­thing pretty sim­ple. You know those Neu­tro­gena makeup wipes? I use ei­ther those or just wa­ter. I fol­low that with Drunk Ele­phant vi­ta­min C serum. I shop at Sephora a lot be­cause they’re re­ally cool about let­ting you try things out. This was a rec­om­mended prod­uct there, so I gave it a go and loved it.

Then I use La Mer Mois­tur­is­ing Soft Cream. The first time I heard about La Mer was in mid­dle school, and I read that J.Lo used it. I didn’t al­ways use it, but once I started mak­ing money, I was like, “I can ac­tu­ally af­ford to treat my­self.” To me, skin care is a plea­sure. De­pend­ing on the day, I might use sun screen. I used to use Neut rog en a Ul­tra Sheer, but then I read that phys­i­cal sun­screens are bet­ter than chem­i­cal ones, and I switched to one by La Roche-Posay.

I have a whole other rou­tine at night. If I’ve had a shoot and I’m wear­ing makeup, I do dif­fer­ent types of cleanser. I use SK-II oil cleanser–that takes the makeup off–and af­ter that, I use the Clear­asil face wash. Se­ri­ously. I’ve been us­ing it since I was a teenager.

And I’m re­ally into these Al­pha Beta peels by Dr. Den­nis Gross. If I want to be re­ally glowy the next day, I def­i­nitely use them.

I fol­low that with the Drunk Ele­phant serum, and some­times I use a pre­scrip­tion retinoid called tretinoin. If I do the peel, though, I skip that. I won’t use both. I also like the Shi­seido Glow Re­vival line a lot. I use the serum, the lo­tion and the eye cream.

If I have an event or some­thing, I some­times do a face mask be­fore. There’s this brand called Naruko. I dis­cov­ered it when I was film­ing Crazy Rich Asians. Face masks are rel­a­tively new in the U.S. In Asia, you can buy them – all kinds – at the lo­cal drug­store. I was at a drug­store in Sin­ga­pore buy­ing tooth­paste, and they had a sam­pler pack of face masks with the Naruko ones I love so much. Makeup Makeup is a kind of mood ring. One day you can be re­ally stripped down and nat­u­ral, and on other days you want to do an orange lip. Usu­ally I use the Clé de Peau con­cealer for my dark cir­cles. And I al­ways do some kind of blush. My blushes ro­tate de­pend­ing on my mood and what I’m wear­ing. Some­times I do a pow­der blush from Laura Mercier, and some­times I do a HD cream blush from Make Up For Ever. But then to­day, for ex­am­ple, I’m wear­ing Benetint.

I do brown eye­liner on my top lash line. And I like lip colour that mim­ics my nat­u­ral colour– it’ sap in ky mauve. The one I’ m us­ing now is by Char­lotte Til­bury. I do like hav­ing a lip liner some­times, and I have one by Laura Mercier in Pot­pourri. I line just out­side my top lip be­fore fill­ing it in. I take a lot of in­spi­ra­tion from J.Lo in that sense. She looks so great.

Mas­cara ir­ri­tates my eyes. I get lash ex­ten­sions now be­cause it’s eas­ier. I try to get re­ally nat­u­ral-look­ing ones that are thin and don’t re­ally curl. I don’t want to look like those dolls that blink. Fra­grance I don’t wear fra­grance. Fra­grance shop­ping is so over­whelm­ing. I don’t even know how to be­gin. Hair My nat­u­ral hair is a dark, dark brown, very shiny, very straight and very full. I have so much hair. I’ve gone through four dif­fer­ent hair colours this year. It wasn’t be­cause of any roles. It was be­cause of my flighty per­son­al­ity. I took the sum­mer off from work. Be­cause I knew I wasn’t go­ing to be on cam­era for sev­eral months, I thought, “I’m go­ing to just play around.” I was pink, then I was jet black, then I was blonde, and now I’m kind of dark blond-light brown.

At first, I thought my hair was in­vin­ci­ble – I could do any­thing to it. And af­ter the first three colours, it was OK. By the time I got to my fourth colour, it seemed to quit. I don’t want to be this colour, and I’m try­ing to get it to a richer choco­late brown.

Nor­mally I use the Bum­ble and Bum­ble Hair­dresser’s In­vis­i­ble Oil sham­poo and con­di­tioner. But now it’s not enough. I use the Olaplex con­di­tioner, and I have to do a deep con­di­tion­ing mask. Diet and fit­ness Since I turned 30, I’ ve had to think about di­ets more. It’s not ne­c­es­sar­ily for weight rea­sons but be­cause I got adult eczema. I don’t want to be on steroid creams, so I worked with a der­ma­tol­o­gist on an elim­i­na­tion diet to see what foods trig­gered it. We found some very spe­cific things, like pineap­ple, which I now have to avoid.

I’m not re­ally into ‘fit­ness’. I’m into run­ning be­cause it’s re­lax­ing for me and med­i­ta­tive. When I want to veg out, I go for a run. It calms me. I’ve also run a cou­ple of marathons too. Pam­per­ing ser­vices I do gel pedi­cures once a month, and I try to do a fa­cial once a month too. Some­times it be­comes once every two months.

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