Pick up a copy of the May issue of Allure magazine for the full version of this interview:
Reese Witherspoon Explains Why She’s Proud of Her Gray Hair and Fine Lines
The Hollywood powerhouse serves up some big little truths — on aging, self-involvement, and the beauty ritual that changed her life.
Reese Witherspoon is one of those famous people who serves as a pop culture benchmark for anyone watching movies in the last 20-or-so years. Just like there’s a Spice Girl for everyone, there is a Reese Witherspoon for everyone (or at least for most relatable stages in your life) — naive heroine Annette in Cruel Intentions, the plucky and determined Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, a triumphant June Carter in Walk The Line, and of course, the indomitable Madeline Mackenzie in Big Little Lies. The Academy Award-winning actress has lived many lives, but in all of them her beauty journey has evolved to become the Reese Witherspoon who gave Allure’s beauty director this 15-minute interview, beginning here.
The best beauty tutorial
“My makeup artist, Molly R. Stern, taught me how to put on fake eyelashes. She hates that I put on a full strip, but I’m from the South — I love a good ol’-fashioned drugstore strip lash. I pop it on, put a little liquid liner over it, and I feel like my eyes look more open. I made a mess the first time, but then Molly showed me how to make it better. Always put liquid eyeliner over it.”
Her biggest beauty regret
“In the ’90s, we plucked our brows really thin. I said “we” — at least I did. And it just looked awful. Thank God, they grew back, but, I mean, who knows what they might look like now if I hadn’t plucked them into oblivion! ”
The never-again lipstick color
“Brown. Like, dark brown. It looked terrible, and it was immortalized on my driver’s license photo when I was 16 years old.”Continue reading this entry »
The One Product That Transformed Reese Witherspoon’s Skin
Picking a single favorite Reese Witherspoon look from the past 20 years of her Hollywood fame is like picking your favorite dessert, or lipstick, or breed of puppy, or child.
Those retro waves at the 2001 Golden Globes? To die for. Her hot pink lip at the 2016 Oscars? When are we not trying to recreate? Those perfect bangs at the 2007 Golden Globes? We bring a picture of them to our hairstylist every four weeks.
Witherspoon, an Elizabeth Arden spokesperson, knows a lot about beauty from her years as a red carpet icon — which is why we were thrilled to sit down with her this week to talk all things hair, makeup, and skin. She walks us through her biggest beauty regrets, favorite budget buys, and the changing expectations around aging in Hollywood, ahead.
What is the best investment you made for your skin?
“Well, I have to say, I started using the [Elizabeth Arden] Retinol Ceramide Capsules like a year ago, and I had never used retinol before and it has really changed the tone of my skin. I used to have a really uneven tone.”
Do you have any favorite products you can grab from a CVS?
“Cetaphil. I use the face wash, and I travel with it. I like the Revlon eyelash curler; it’s as good as any eyelash curler I’ve ever used. I love drugstore makeup, too. I remember going as a little girl to the drugstore down the street from my grandmother’s house, and I’d spend hours looking at nail polish and lipstick and blush.”
What are your favorite beauty splurges?
“I had a facial the other day and it was so nice. I thought, I need to do this more often, so I might start getting facials. It was this “cryofacial” thing, where she used a cold thing on my face. It was fabulous.”
Over the years, do you have any beauty regrets? Any look from the past where you think back and cringe?
“I think in the ’90s when we did the thing where you had brown lipliner that was darker than my lipstick — that was an odd beauty moment. For some reason, I just took that one a long way. We also plucked our eyebrows really severely. I really wish I hadn’t plucked my eyebrows, but thank god they grew back.”Continue reading this entry »
Reese Witherspoon On Fighting For Gender Equality With Elizabeth Arden
Reese Witherspoon is no stranger to fighting for a cause, especially when it comes to women. The actor, producer and entrepreneur is also a co-founder of Time’s Up, so as the Storyteller-in-Chief of Elizabeth Arden, she’s a perfect fit for the beauty brand that is also a champion of women. In 1912 Elizabeth Arden marched down Fifth Avenue for women’s equality and gave out red lipstick to suffragettes as a symbol of solidarity. Now, their new limited edition lipstick in Pink Punch is continuing that legacy to unite women. For Elizabeth Arden’s March On campaign, 100% of proceeds of the lipstick will go to UN Women, a nonprofit dedicated to gender equality and empowering women around the globe. Witherspoon tells us all about it.
What does being Elizabeth Arden’s Storyteller-in-Chief entail? Working with the brand, I tell stories around the product on Instagram, in the community, talking about work here and things that women are interested in, whether that’s products and skincare or how to get ready for big events. Also, championing Elizabeth Arden and the story of her company. She was always a fierce advocate for women’s rights. It’s a really nice partnership because we have so many similarities.
What are a few of the similarities you share with her? I’ve definitely started my own businesses. I’ve worked really hard to advocate for seeing more women onscreen and I think Elizabeth Arden really advocated for women to feel beautiful and part of that is being seen, you know? (She fought for) the importance of women’s roles in our cultures, in our world, and she was doing that way before I was ever around.
What are your go-to Elizabeth Arden products? I tried the Retinol Ceramide Capsules about a year ago and I noticed a real difference in my skin. It evened out my skin tone. I feel like I have a different texture, so that’s become part of my daily routine. I’m really enjoying their new White Tea Fragrances. The Vanilla Orchid is my favorite. It just pulls you together and makes you ready for your day. I really love fragrance.Continue reading this entry »
HBO have released the first official teaser for Big Little Lies season 2 today! The new season will premiere in the US on June 9th.
Here are some new Crate & Barrel videos, in which Reese surprises fans with new furniture!
Our friend Reese Witherspoon found Crate and Barrel fans and surprised them with new furniture for their home. She helped them say “out with the old, in with the YOU!”
We’re starting back at the beginning as we work on the TV Appearances section of the Gallery, and today have screencaptures and/or stills from Reese’s first appearances on US talk shows! Reese appeared on Leno and Conan in 1998, and during the latter show she talked about Pleasantville, Twilight/Paul Newman and Cruel Intentions. In 1999 she appeared on Letterman during which she talked about The Man In The Moon and her pregnancy, and then on Conan a couple of months later she was more heavily pregnant and talked about food cravings and Election. All were great interviews – Reese was so endearing in them and I loved hearing her talk about her movies!
Screencaptures and/or stills are in our Gallery, and the videos that are available online are posted below for you:
We’re going to start to work our way through updating and (trying so hard to) ‘complete’ the TV Appearances section of our Gallery now. The first additions are super rare and special, and deserve their own post.
Way back in February 1999, MTV aired a “special weekend of winter programming” at The Snow Summit Mountain Resort in Southern California. They featured music video premieres, snowboarding competitions, performances and reality shows/competitions … and a half hour special with the cast of Cruel Intentions! Reese, Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair joined host Carson Daly on the slopes for a chat about the film while 15 fans watched a preview of the film in a mountain chalet; when they’d finished watching, Reese and the cast joined them in a chalet for a Q&A session. Reese spoke about trying to make her character and relationship with Sebastien believable. We’ll have videos for you soon, but for now we’ve added screencaptures from the show to our Gallery. They are very small and of poor quality but very rare and a great addition none-the-less!
Reese has made so many TV appearances over the years, we’re hoping some of you will be able to help us complete this section. We have many of her appearances on major talk shows from the past 10 years, but if you have videos of appearances from before this, or any international shows then please get in touch!! Also, if you happen to have saved any of the videos from the site many years ago (10+ years ago) when we had a Video section, we’d really appreciate it if you could get in touch, as we lost most of them during changes in site hosts. Thank you!
As anticipated, Reese made an appearance at Apple’s big new product launch event in California today! She was joined by her co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell to tease their upcoming show for the brand – now officially titled “The Morning Show“!
Reese said that the show “pulls back the curtain on the power dynamics between men and women in the high stakes world of morning news shows. It’s a real insiders view into the lives of the people who help America wake up every day”. It’s “seen through the eyes of two ambitious, aspirational female characters,” she says – and a “prominent male” Steve Carell adds. Steve Carell said that he was “happy to provide the manliness”! Jennifer added that it’s an “honest look at the complex relationships between women and men in the workplace, and we engage in the conversation people are a little too afraid to have unless they are behind closed doors”. Reese describes it as being a “high velocity thrill ride in which we pose questions without easy answers”.
The show will premiere on Apple’s new TV streaming service – AppleTV+ – which they say will be launching later in the year. No date for the start of The Morning Show just yet though. You can re-watch the whole event in HD and read more about their new AppleTV+ service at Apple.com.
We’ve added the first photos to our Gallery, and will have more coverage for you during the week…