Sara and Erin Foster Get Real About Skincare, Makeup, and Body Image
If you’re not already acquainted with Sara and Erin Foster, it’s high time you get the dynamic duo on your radar. The stars of VH1’s hit faux-reality show Barely Famous are an L.A.-born-and-bred sister act with serious comedic chops, enviably beachy blond locks, and the long, lean, toned, and tan bodies of quintessential SoCal babes. Indeed, they epitomize L.A. beauty along with their stepsister (one Gigi Hadid) and also happen to be models—as well as actresses, comediennes, and generally unstoppable entrepreneurs.
Thus, when I got the chance to meet them at the Clinique counter at The Grove in Los Angeles, I couldn’t wait. Having watched their self-effacing VH1 show—wherein by pretending to be obnoxious, self-centered, neurotic versions of themselves, they come across as chill, down-to-earth, confident badasses you want to be besties with—I was eager to see if their in-person personas would match up. Sure enough, as I approached the makeup counter, I could tell instantly that they truly are as real as they come. Keep scrolling to see what happened next and read all of their reveals on skin, hair, makeup, and more.
Clad in the classic old-school white Clinique coats, Erin was applying makeup to her older sister, Sara (a super-sweet sisterly thing to see in the first place), hilariously teasing her for actually wearing no makeup per the #iwokeuplikethis trend. “You know how people are all about the like, no-makeup makeup thing? But everyone knows that you still wear makeup to look like that. Sara actually doesn’t wear makeup. Like she takes it too far.” The entire crowd is laughing as Sara, an Erin Wasson look-alike with uptown-meets-downtown style, sits there smiling, allowing her blonder, more bohemian-leaning younger sister to apply chubby sticks of shadow to her lid. She shrugs, seemingly clueless as to why that would matter. But of course she can do that, because her makeup-free skin is all glowy, taut, and clear like a supermodel’s.
At this point Erin looks up and makes eye contact with me to say hello: “Are you with Byrdie?” I was surprised and genuinely impressed, since most celebrities (though the Foster sisters would laugh if you called them that—even though having a successful television show on VH1 definitely makes you a celebrity, if being besties with Kate Hudson, Nicole Richie, Jessica Alba and Courteney Cox does not) I interview don’t have a clue of my name or outlet until I introduce myself.
When it came time for the interview, their back-and-forth banter endeared them to me further, but perhaps not more than the subsequent interruptions that showed a side of the sisters you might never see on TV. First, the general manager of The Grove came up to talk to them—a dapper man who is friends with their father, music producer David Foster. They warmly chatted about family and cutting the line for Santa Claus at The Grove (to much laughter) while Sara shared anecdotes of how much her daughter loves riding the trolley at the mall after school. “It is literally her favourite thing to do. I pick her up from school and she asks, ‘Can we ride the trolley at The Grove?’”
Then, a quiet, shy young fan of theirs, who had tweeted at them the day before the event to say she’d had a bad week, tentatively approached, and Erin—impressing me again—called out her name and genuinely expressed how honored they were to have her as a fan of their show. It’s clear that despite having friends in the same high places to which they’ve now ascended due to their show’s success, they remain as grounded as the rest of us—with the hair, skin, and body of a Victoria’s Secret Angel. On that note, keep scrolling for some of the secrets to their looks—they revealed a ton of awesome information!
You guys literally have perfect skin. I was wondering if you could tell me your a.m.-to-p.m. skincare routine.
Sara: [To Erin:] You should start off by saying that you’ve never taken care of your skin. I’ve been trying to get you to take care of your skin. [To me:] I’ve been saying to her since she was like 27, “You’re gonna be 30; it’s now or never, honey. Get on with it!” And she is the person who will go to sleep with makeup on…
Erin: No, I don’t do that! I just do very minimal. But I posted a picture on Instagram like three months ago, and someone wrote on there, ‘Honey, your skin is very dehydrated… I don’t mean to be rude but you really need to hydrate.’ And I was like oh sh*t, I need to, like, hydrate my skin! It took, like, public shaming for me to realise that I needed to get my sh*t together. So the last three months I’ve started to take it more seriously. I’ve just started to use Waleda eye cream from Whole Foods—an eye cream that Sara told me about. I’ve been using an organic moisturizer our mum uses, some Kate Somerville under-eye corrector and anti-wrinkle cream, and then I use SPF; I’ve been doing that for the last couple of months every day.
Sara: Yeah, she just started using SPF on her face!
Better late than never.
Erin: I got a laser that got rid of all my sun damage, and I realised I really needed to start using SPF every day. I put coconut oil on my body. I stopped putting it on my face because I think sometimes it can clog your pores a little bit. My facialist told me that the actual coconut has such big fibres or something that it’s too big for your pores.
That’s something I wanted to ask you: Who’s your facialist?
Erin: I go to Carasoin Spa on Robertson. Lena does my facials; she’s really good. And then I get lasers at Kate Somerville, and Beauty Park in Santa Monica is an amazing place. I do all my laser hair removal there, and I do lasers there.
Sara: All you need in L..A is Kate Somerville and Beauty Park.
Erin: That’s all you need. Beauty Park is amazing, It’s a great spot. It’s all in one.
Do they have dermatologists?
Sara: Nurses. It’s the kind of place where you wake up [with a zit] and you’re like, “Oh god, oh god, what is this?” And you can walk in and they will have it gone.
Erin: They’re really well priced.
Sara: It’s really well priced. And they have a new laser machine, because I’ve done laser hair removal, and it’s the most painful thing I’ve ever done. Their laser machine does not hurt.
Erin: It does not hurt. It literally feels like a warm light going over you and it gets rid of all the hair. There’s no snapping, there’s no pain.
Sara: No it’s crazy. And I think they’re the only ones in L.A. with that machine.
Wow! I need to go.
Erin: Beauty Park in Santa Monica.
Sara: I don’t think we should plug them so much; now we can’t get an appointment because they’ll be so busy.
Thank you, that’s so good to know! Sara can we cover your skincare routine?
Sara: I’m a firm believer in always changing it up because I think your skin gets so used to one particular thing, so I’m always on the lookout for new stuff. I really mix the natural stuff with the hard-core sh*t. So I like a retinol; I use a Kate Somerville nighttime retinol once a week and I swear to god, it makes fine lines go away. I feel like it does.
So an overnight retinol treatment?
Sara: Yes. Just a night retinol. I love coconut oil as well, all over the face. And I wear sunblock even when I sleep.
Sara: Well no not really, but I’m just saying like even if I’m going out at 6 … I will like put it on, because you just never know.
Erin: [To Sara:] So not really.
[Laughter from everyone.]
Like an SPF 50?
Sara: Yes, SPF 50. I do Skinceuticals.
OK, I love that one!
Sara: Skinceuticals is so good. It’s the sport one, so you can sweat through it, all of that. There’s a line out of Colorado which is amazing, and they have a vita serum that I put on in the morning that just like—it gives you a glow for the entire day.
Wow, that’s what I was wondering because in all your Instagram pictures, you’re glowing.
Sara: I’m filtered.
Sara: They’re very filtered. But no, I’m like always lathered in sh*t. And I don’t wear makeup, I really don’t, like unless I have to. Unless I have to, I really don’t. Just to cover a zit or dark circles. I’ll use Clinique’s All About Eyes Concealer, which is amazing. But that’s basically it for me.
Hair-wise, Erin, you see Denis De Souza for colour, right?
Erin: I do!
OK, he’s my guy too.
Erin: No way! That’s amazing—he’s the best. The thing is, he’s really good at turning you into a really, really blonde, because I’m usually a brunette.
Erin: Yeah so I have to put coconut oil in my hair twice a week and argan oil in my hair twice a week, and then I put Phyto-Scalp treatment in like once a week, because it—your hair can thin out and get damaged.
So you guys kind of have the quintessential California-girl hair. What do you do for your hair?
Erin: Sara, what do you do for your hair?
Is this your hair? Is this just you, out of the shower?
Sara: I don’t own a blow-dryer.
Erin: It’s so annoying. She literally does nothing, and I like do my hair.
Sara: But, the grass is always greener, because I would love to have, like—my hair, it’s just bone straight. And I haven’t coloured it in forever. Chris McMillan said to me, I said to him, “What do I need to do to my colour? What do I do?” And he said, “I’ll tell you what you do. Just stop, just leave it alone.”
Erin: Sara talking about her hair colour is the bane of my existence.
Sara: He said just stop, leave it alone, give yourself six months. And just see—I don’t even know what my natural colour was anymore. It’s a lot lighter than I thought it was.
Erin: It’s not as dark as you thought it was. Probably has so much grey in it now.
Do you have any products you swear by? Or you don’t use products?
Sara: No, I use a Rene Furterer shine thing.
Erin: Great question. I am trying to picture it…
Sara: Clinique is like, “Are you gonna—? This is a lot of talking about other products right now.”
On that note! What are your favourite Clinique products?
Erin: I’m obsessed with the Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Massive Midnight.
So being on your TV show, you guys get your makeup done for the show—what’s the best trick you’ve ever learned from a makeup artist on set?
Sara: [To Erin:] You got really good tips, didn’t you?
Erin: Yeah, so it’s definitely a slanted brush for a liner, on the eyes. And using like a cream liner instead of a pencil because it doesn’t dry out. Because a pencil liner—I always do like a thick, like a mod sort of black liner with a clean lid; I just love that look. And with pencils it dries out, and like the liquid ones sometimes can be weird, so I love the cream one. And then layering lipsticks, so like putting like my Nars stick and like lining it with a pink liner on top of it. Kind of layering those really well.
So lipstick then liner?
Erin: Yes. Lipstick then liner. It makes them look fuller. Oh, and then putting powder on your lipstick and then another layer holds like a red on your lips.
Erin: The powder locks it in so it doesn’t like come off during dinner. And then, when you’re putting bronzer on, putting bronzer on your cheekbone and on your brow bone, and underneath your chin/jaw line on the bottom.
Sara: She’s got a lot of tricks.
Erin: [To Sara:] Name one you’ve learned.
Sara: I don’t pay attention, because I don’t do makeup.
So Erin, you’re the makeup sister.
Sara: She’s definitely the makeup sister, but the makeup artist did use an SK-II moisture surge mask on me a few times, like on mornings when I just looked beastly, that I’ve now continued doing that, if I have an event—not even an event, but just if I’m feeling sluggish, or if I only slept a few hours, I’ll do this mask in the morning, and it just instantly hydrates everything.
Well I’ll ask you a last question then: What’s your workout routine? Because you guys have really, really great bodies.
Sara: I’m a firm believer in the old-fashioned squats, push-ups, sit-ups, sprints on the treadmill, like that kind of training.
Erin: I don’t mess with the treadmill.
Sara: For me, I think it's always the best. But I’ve been doing Platinum Pilates, which is like, it’s not a standard type of Pilates; it’s like a rigorous where you wanna die, basically, halfway through, but I don’t think you can change your body unless you’re dying. Really though.
Erin: Dying or diving?
Sara: Dying! If you’re not out of breath and struggling, you’re not changing your body. You’re just not. I mean I’ve gone to workouts where it’s like ehhh, you know, you just sort of go through the motions.
Erin: If you don’t need to shower afterward—
Sara: Nothing is happening. You’re not changing your body. So the Pilates that I do, it’s hell; therefore I like it.
Erin: I do Body by Simone.
OK, all right, I’ve seen those Instagrams.
Erin: I’m obsessed with it.
Yeah? Simone has an insane body.
Erin: I think as you get older, like from working out, I’m less like, long and lean and skinny. I’m more like strong. And I’m starting to just appreciate feeling strong instead of always wanting to be skinny. You know? Like I think you just grow out of always wanting to be skinny. Because I don’t want to feel “skinny fat.” Like to be “skinny skinny,” sometimes you have to like, not even really work out that hard. You don’t have any muscle on you, you don’t feel strong, and you don’t feel like “in your body.” And so as I get older it’s less about the size of my jeans, and like, I like having a butt. I like having arms. I like having shoulders. And like you don’t always have to just be the skinniest version of yourself—it doesn’t feel good anymore.
Erin: You know?
Sara: You’re never going to meet a guy that’s like, “Oh man, how skinny was she?!” Like, guys aren’t into that.
Erin: That’s so true. Guys don’t say, “How skinny was she?” It’s like, “How’s that arse?”
Erin: “And if she doesn’t have one, we’re not talking about it.” It’s true!
Sara: No guy—what did someone say? I don’t know if this is appropriate for your website, but someone said, “Having sex with like a really skinny girl is like sitting on an uncomfortable wooden chair.”
Erin: Um, Chris D’Elia says it in his standup act; he’s like, “Having sex with a really skinny girl is like trying to take a nap on a wooden chair.”
Erin: And it’s so real!
Sara: So Erin’s really been trying to pack on the pounds since she went to his standup. [Laughs.]
Erin: No one’s like, “Oh look at those bones, they’re so sexy.” So I think it’s like, that’s the gift of getting older, is letting go of this idea that you always have to like always look like a model, and like be so leafy. You just want to be in your body and be strong.
Totally. Beautiful! Lovely note to end on.
Erin: We’re just trying to not get osteoporosis.
Thank you guys so much!
Erin: Thank you, so nice to meet you.
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