Life Lessons From Emily Ratajkowski, Part One: Beauty and Diet - ELLE
A year after she made the world do a triple take with her shoulder-shimmying appearance in Robin Thicke’s summer 2013 anthem “Blurred Lines,” Emily Ratajkowski’s star is still shining. In fact, it’s rising. The California beach girl will appear in the much anticipated film adaptation of the thriller novel Gone Girl with Ben Affleck, out this October, and is now filming the coming-of-age story We Are Your Friends, alongside Zac Efron.
The acting thing actually isn't something new: The brunette bombshell signed with an acting agency when she was 14, and through them, landed a contract with Ford Models as well. In fact, Ratajkowski is many things: an actress, model, bookworm, cook, and self-proclaimed karaoke fanatic. At the risk of sounding cliché (and making us even more envious), you might say she's the whole package. So when we had the chance to talk to the multi-faceted star, we peppered her with questions about all things fashion, men, literature, her career, and what it's like to get naked in front of the camera. Below, Ratajkowski shares her beauty and workout routine, plus her go-to designers when she wants to feel sexy—and tomorrow we'll get down to her dating life, what she looks for in a guy, and the naked stuff.
What does your beauty routine look like? What products do you swear by?
I love all of the Tarte Cosmetics because they’re good for getting that dewy kind of look. They have a great mascara too. For my day-to-day, especially because traveling is so drying, I use a couple of different moisturizers: Chloé body lotion and Aquaphor sometimes. I put Aquaphor on my knees because planes dry me out so much.
Do you have any makeup tricks you’ve learned along the way?
Always keeping your eyebrows brushed up: If I don’t have on any makeup and my eyebrows are in place, I feel ready, like camera ready. Also, putting lip stuff on your cheeks. I only use cream blushes or just straight up lipstick. On shoots, a lot of makeup artists do the same. It just looks so nice on your skin. Even in person, forget photographs, it’s like a better look—less powdery.
If you weren’t a model and you could do whatever you wanted with your look, is there anything you would do? Like bleach your hair or get a piercing?
Yeah, my mom has always had short hair, and I think she looks so good with it that I would just like to try my hair super short, like two inches. Honestly, I am not a huge beauty girl, so I’m pretty low-maintenance, California. I like going in the ocean and leaving my hair for two days with the saltwater beachy look. I think that is part of the reason I would love to cut my hair short. I just wouldn’t ever have to think about it.
Tell me about your eating routine and exercise routine.
You know, I'm a carnivore. I really like to eat meat. I crave iron so I am definitely not the kind of person who you will find eating a salad. I like to keep it really balanced to give my body energy and also be healthy. I cook a lot, so that really helps: You know how much salt and sugar and all of that kind of stuff you are putting in your body.
What do you indulge in?
I think its good to indulge occasionally. I wouldn’t say I am the type of girl who craves Doritos but I definitely love a good cupcake sometimes. You know what I mean? Or a croissant in the morning. I think it is like really important to give yourself a break. And also just really think about where things are coming from what kind of ingredients are going into your body.
And what about working out?
I really like to hike. L.A. is a great place for that. And doing yoga a couple of times a week is a really big part of my regimen.
What about fashion? What brands do you gravitate toward?
I really love Céline. Obviously. Alexander Wang. Givenchy. Those are probably my main favorites. Dolce & Gabbana too. I have been wearing their dresses to a couple of different events recently, and I was just like, ‘Man, these guys know how to make a woman feel sexy.’
So where do you buy your lingerie?
I don’t love fancy lingerie. It’s beautiful, but I want to be able to be comfortable day-to-day. I love Cosabella because I don’t like a padded bra, just underwire. I already have pretty full cups, so I don’t want the extra push up, but I do like a little bit of support. They have just really beautiful, simple, comfortable bras that are really pretty and affordable.