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Lily Collins on Her Beauty Essentials, Self Care and Emily in Paris Season 2

Looking after our skin is full of ritual. Do you have particular routines that you follow? Do you enjoy looking after your skin?

Lily: I enjoy looking after my skin. I think it’s so important to take your makeup off at the end of the day, to let your skin breathe, and to start fresh the next day. I know sometimes it can get late and we think we’re going to do it in the morning, but it’s just such a nice feeling to wake up fresh and hydrated. So I always take my makeup off, I use Lancôme Bi-Facil makeup remover. It works so well. Then I’ll add a toner or serum, like Advanced Génifique serum, or maybe a mask if I really want to treat myself. Then I’ll apply the Hydra Zen moisturizing night cream and go to bed.

What makeup items would we find in your handbag most often if we took a peek?

Lily: I’d probably have Lancôme UV Expert sunscreen. I’d have my Burt’s Bees chapstick. I would have hand cream because I’m really big on soft hands. My grandmother always used to say, make sure that your hands feel soft. I would probably have the Sourcils Styler clear brow gel to make sure that my brows always stay looking fresh. And I would definitely have a lipstick in there, like L’Absolu Rouge. Just in case.

The past year has been incredibly difficult for so many people, we’ve all come to appreciate life’s simple pleasures. What’s your simple pleasure?

Lily: I realized that I’m someone who invests more in people and experiences than in things. My friends, and obviously my husband, too, have really stepped up and supported every feeling, emotion, insecurity that I’ve felt during the pandemic. They’ve talked me through things, whether it be on FaceTime, Zoom, phone, call, text message, social media, whatever. I have found pleasure in people being so open and willing to share, communicate, and help during this time. I’ve found pleasure in talking about our memories and things we want to do in the future. Lastly, my husband and I have a dog, little Redford. He makes us laugh. He makes us crazy. He makes us all those things. I’ve learned to appreciate being present to feel the good, the bad, the annoying, the exciting, everything, because that’s what makes us all human. That’s what makes us alive.

Have you found yourself practicing self-care more? If so, what have you been doing?

Lily: I totally have. I think self-care can come in many forms, whether it be therapy, meditation, reading a book, or having an amazing cup of coffee. We haven’t been able to go out and get our nails done or go to the spa. Instead, I’ve been finding that joy in wearing a face mask, having a bath, taking a walk outside, reading a meditation book in the morning, writing in a gratitude journal. And just taking a moment for myself.