Rose Byrne Told Us the Tinted Moisturiser She Can’t Live Without
I know I’m not alone when I say Bridemaids is one of my favourite films. I love it so much I’ve bookmarked multiple scene clips on YouTube to re-watch on blue days. (Try it—the aeroplane scene never fails to cheer me up.) Obviously Kristen Wiig is hilarious, but for me, Rose Byrne’s character Helen is comedy gold. There’s something about the actress’ brand of humour I find refreshingly Australian. Maybe it's her ability to poke fun at herself (even when portraying someone else) I adore, or maybe it's just that she's got a flair for funny. (Watch her turn as Jackie Q in Get Him to the Greek, and tell me otherwise.) When deciding what to watch on a Sunday night, I often seek out her work simply because I know it’ll be good. (Damages, anyone?) While I certainly rate Byrne’s work as a comedy actress, the woman is far from one-note. Byrne studied at the prestigious Atlantic Theatre Company, which was founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet and multi-award winning actor and screenwriter William H. Macy, which is to say, she knows serious acting too. In what seems like a full-circle moment, Byrne is in town to perform in a Sydney Theatre Company production of Mamet’s play, Speed-the-Plow. We checked in with the style icon and Oroton ambassador to talk all things beauty, including her go-to products and the hilarious advice she'd give her teenage self.
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Byrdie Australia: How would you describe your everyday beauty look?
Rose Byrne: Very simple. I usually leave the house with just a tinted sunscreen or moisturiser and some lip stain.
B: Which three beauty products can’t you live without?
RB: Nars’ Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($63) in Groenland.
I discovered this product about two years ago and keep returning to it—it is very light and sheer so it looks very flawless yet covers blemishes, redness etc. without seeming heavy. The tone is just my skin colour so it always works well. (I have a combination colour—yellow-based but quite red and pale too.)
Fresh's Sugar Lip Treatment SPF15 ($68)
A great everyday lip colour to add punch to your face if you need it. Never looks too done up and is very natural but with a boldness to it. They have many shades to choose from, it’s not drying and also has SPF.
Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50 ($64)
Day-to-day sunscreen with high SPF which is especially good for Australia and for travelling. I was in Atlanta all summer and the sun is relentless there too—this was a great product for that.
B: Walk us through your night-time skincare routine.
RB: I try to cleanse, tone, and moisturise. I mix it up a lot with products and am changing all the time, but at the moment I mainly use a Sisley toner and moisturiser.
Sisley Botanical Floral Toning Lotion ($120)
I never really liked toners until I found this one, as they dried my skin out so much. This is a gorgeous formula that doesn't dry out the skin and has a lovely fresh (but not overbearing) smell. It does such a thorough job picking up excess dirt and makeup.
Sisley Lyslait Cleansing Milk ($135)
A lovely soft and gentle cleanser that doesn't dry out the skin.
At the moment I have been rotating between a Kiehl’s cream and a Shiseido night time mask. My skin has gotten a lot drier as I have moved into my late 30’s, and both of these products are rich enough to deeply moisturise overnight.
Kiehl’s Creme d'Elegance Repairateur ($53)
Very, very rich and moisturising—I love this if my skin is feeling extra dry.
Shiseido Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask ($54)
My makeup artist Hung Vanngo put me onto this product. He is the best person to ask for new tips and products, and advice on what I should try next. We have worked together a long time and he knows my skin very well—he will tell me exactly what I need and he doesn't sugarcoat it! I appreciate it as I can be lazy, so a few good product suggestions helps a LOT.
B: Do you have a signature scent at the moment?
RB: My dear friends Michelle Jank and Laura Brown gave me the most gorgeous perfume for my birthday this year and I am smitten with it, Une Rose by Frederic Malle. It translates as “a rose for a rose”. I am so spoiled. It is an earthy, dusky scent I am obsessed.
B: Which beauty products do you rely on in summer?
B: What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
RB: Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
B: If you could give your 16-year-old self any beauty advice, what would it be?
RB: DO. NOT. PLUCK. YOUR. EYEBROWS.
B: Do you find the beauty transformations you get to undergo for roles fun?
RB: I love creating the look for each new role. Collaborating with the hair and makeup team, and the director to find the look is always such a crucial moment. Whether it falls at the beginning of prep or even on the first day, when it all comes together you feel a collective excitement.
B: How would you say being an actress influenced your beauty routine over the years?
RB: Being around incredible professional beauty and fashion people I have been spoiled with makeup tricks and beauty advice from a young age. I am also grateful to have grown up in a country where education around protecting our skin from the harsh effects of the sun is part of the fabric of our society.