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Diane Kruger: ‘Less is more when it comes to beauty’

Published 13/07/2016

Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger likes to take a minimalist approach to her beauty routine, and tends to only wear brown mascara and red lipstick when she’s off-duty.

Diane Kruger follows a minimalist approach to her beauty routine and sometimes even forgets to pluck her eyebrows.

The German-born actress has a full slate this summer with roles in The Infiltrator, opening 13 July (16), and thriller Disorder, which will be released in the U.S. by mid-next month (Aug16).

While she’s risen through the ranks of the film industry, the star admits that she’s not interested in conforming to Hollywood standards of beauty, and as she grew up in a household where “talking about your appearance wasn’t encouraged”, she remains more European in her sensibilities.

“I’m probably more European in my thinking because of where I grew up: the 'less is more' philosophy,” she told The New York Times. “My sunscreen habit is from living in L.A., though I don’t like to be tan like some of the people there. And when I go to New York, all the women are so on top of it. They have their dermatologists they see for this and that. I can’t keep up. I don’t even pluck my brows.”

For her day-to-day skincare, the 39-year-old likes to wash her face with a Uriage cleanser, then swipes a dash of Kiehl’s toner over her face, before moisturising with Chanel Hydra Beauty serum. She’ll also do a gommage, or an exfoliating scrub by Sensai either once or twice a week to buff away any dead skin. When she’s off duty, Diane also likes to keep her make-up as simple as possible too, merely using a brown drugstore mascara on her eyelashes, an ash coloured pencil by Chanel to fill in her eyebrows and maybe a swipe of red matte lipstick, such as MAC’s popular Ruby Woo or one of Nars’ various ruby reds. But she reveals that movie make-up is a whole different deal. As Diane alternates between making American blockbusters and French independent films, she notes a significant difference in the way the directors want her to appear on screen.

“In American movies, especially the big-budget films, they definitely want the leading lady to look as good as she can. The French are always about being real, and less is more. Sometimes I have to fight to cover up my pimples,” she divulged.

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