Lily Collins swears by Lancôme Génifique masks, nearly plucked off half of her eyebrows when she was younger– fortunately, they grew back– and thinks that overly done and heavily retouched images are creating a false image for young girls.
Why she didn’t always love her brows
My mom always said the quirky things that make you different are what make you beautiful. But when you’re younger, they’re normally the things that make you insecure. For me, it was my eyebrows. They were overly thick and luscious. So I went to town and plucked them. When you get older, [you realize] the things that define your differences are beautiful.
What she learned from writing her book, Unfiltered
[My book] is all about my experiences growing up and what it is to become a young woman in today’s day and age. I talk about a lot of the taboo things young girls don’t like to discuss. But the second we do, we realize we’re not alone. That includes self-confidence issues, body image issues, and accepting things that are different about yourself. It doesn’t matter what feature you’re talking about, whether it’s a physical feature or an insecurity about your personality. It’s what defines you as who you are. So it’s all about embracing that inner you, almost as a superhero and saying, “We all have flaws.” But sometimes those flaws can be turned into our greatest strengths.
The treatment she can’t live without
I love getting oxygen facials because I travel a lot. My skin gets pretty dry with all the airplanes. Also, I love Lancôme’s Genifique Serum, which comes in a mask now. They’re gooey and strange. But the next morning, you see the radiance in your skin.
Lily Collins, 28, is an actress and the author of the memoir Unfiltered.