Teresa Palmer


"I'm an actress, and I have a movie coming out called Warm Bodies. I’m really proud of it—essentially, it’s a movie about how love can breathe life back into people. It is definitely a wacky concept [a zombie-human love affair], but the director, Jonathan Levine, pulled it all together and ended up making a great movie. I’m excited because I fought hard for the role—I went to a bunch of auditions and meetings and I felt really connected to the material. I thought it said so much in such a unique way—there are these really subtle messages about society and about love and about the power of human connection.

In addition to doing that, I have a website called Your Zen Life, which I started with my friend Phoebe [Tonkin] a few months ago. Basically, it’s an online scrapbook where people can come and share their passion about wellness and health—it’s a community for encouraging each other to live our happiest, healthiest lives possible… I’m really into healthy living any way I can. Australia, where I’m from, lends itself to a healthy lifestyle; it’s a very outdoorsy place. We all grow up running around outdoors and eating fruit in the summer…and I’ve become even more health-minded since I moved to Los Angeles. There’s a huge veganism community here, and people are very aware of that kind of stuff. I am not vegan, myself—I call myself ‘sea-gan’ [Laughs] because I still eat things from the sea, but I don’t eat any dairy or other animal products. I keep saying I’m transitioning into veganism, but basically, I’m a vegan until I feel like eating fish!

People think I’m a hippie—and I’d like to think I connect with the quote-unquote ‘hippie’ lifestyle—but no, I’m not really. I’m not all about free love and you can have sex with every single person, you know. I definitely have boundaries. [Laughs]  But I do like to dress a little hippie-ish, and in my beauty products, I’m all about the more natural, the better.

First of all, I always use an oil on my skin—either avocado oil or something like argan oil is very good, too. I like trying all different kinds, but there’s a sort of thickness to the avocado oil and a scent that I like. I got mine at Whole Foods; I love the beauty department at Whole Foods. And I like oils because my favorite look for my face is dewy, and an oil will make you look glowy…and you don’t have to wear nearly as much makeup over it. I’ve actually been using it since I was 15 years of age: I would go to school, I wouldn’t put any makeup on, just some oil on my skin—I was just using my mom’s cooking oil at the time! [Laughs] Since then, I advanced up to coconut oil and now I’m using avocado oil, which also helps get rid of redness or any little dots. Or if you’ve got a pimple, it gets rid of the scars. It’s great.

In terms of my routine, I cleanse and moisturize my face twice a day—I’m really religious about it. In the morning, I’ll use a foaming cleanser, and then at night, I’ll use either sweet-almond or avocado oil to take off my eye makeup, just a tiny bit. And if my eyes are still puffy after I clean my face with cold water, I’ll get caffeinated tea bags, soak them in water, freeze them, and take them out 15 minutes before I’m doing my makeup or getting it done for an event. You put the bags on your eyes and the caffeine gets rid of the puffiness—oh, my poor, puffy eyes. [Laughs]

I really love the no-makeup makeup look, which is why I usually use a tinted moisturizer. I like how thin they are and how natural you look. Then, I use a Concealer Stick from Artistry, which is a beauty brand that I’m the global face of, on any blemishes and under my eyes, because I get quite dark circles; it’s hereditary. I’ve tried to fix it with my diet—adding things to my diet, taking things out of my diet, different makeup and face creams, whatever—but it is, unfortunately, something I have to live with. I also try to eliminate salt as much as I can, since salt makes you puff up and my body tends to hold the water, and I see it mainly in my face. Before a photo shoot or a press junket, I do not eat anything with salt in it… I once read an interview with Julianne Moore where she talks about it, and she called it ‘sushi face.’ Like, when you go and have sushi the night before, you wake up with sushi face. It fits! A ‘seagan’ with sushi face—that’s not too appealing. [Laughs]

Anyway, I always fill in my eyebrows with some eye shadow and pencil because I have a mega gap at the end of my brows. And if I’m doing makeup-makeup, I’ll use the Artistry Escape to Paradise Palette. It has everything I need: cheek, eye, daytime to nighttime. The gold shade is really nice around your eyes, and you can use it to add shimmer or highlights. I’ll even use the gold on the tops of my cheeks—a tiny bit, dusted over the peachy-rose shade. A multi-tasking palette is essential for me, since I can get kind of lazy with my makeup regimen; I don’t like taking more than fifteen minutes to put it on. So, if I can just whip out one palette, do my eyes, do my cheeks—which his exactly what this Escape to Paradise palette is—I can get it all done quickly.

What else? I always curl my lashes. I only discovered it a couple of years ago, but now I feel naked without my eyelash curler. I don’t’ have very long eyelashes, so it’s really important for me to do before mascara. I do the top and bottom lashes—I think it opens them up and add definition. For my lips, I usually make my them slightly more pink than what they are naturally, but only one or two shades; I like subtlety.”

—as told to ITG

Teresa Palmer photographed by Emily Weiss in Los Angeles on January 3, 2013. Her film Warm Bodies, co-starring Nicholas Hoult, hits theaters today. 

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  • Charlotte

    I really love her approach to health and beauty and the great emphasis on living happily! great piece!

  • http://www.vintageobserver.com/ Couteau

    Where did people get this notion that "veganism" is healthy?

    • http://twitter.com/Occhineri23 Suzanne

      Why do you think it's not?

      • http://www.vintageobserver.com/ Couteau

        Ethics aside, though I am awfully concerned about battery farming, a vegan diet doesn't meet our basic needs. It's fighting biology.

        Think about the consequences of poor nutrition like reduced height, lower IQ and shorter life span. Of course you can live on a poor vegan diet, and if you are Natalie Portman, you'll still be beautiful, but there is no way its healthy or "healthier".

        Ha. Vegans are the new smokers. If you can look hot with such a handicap, you have quality genes. But lets not go around promoting veganism with the fervor of doctors in the 40s who prescribed cigarettes to children.

        • fairytalesandcoffee

          wow - so on point. I've met hardcore vegans and they always look pale, skinny and UNHEALTHY....sorry, where's my boiled egg, grilled chicken, and once in a blue moon, slab of sirloin.

        • Guest

          This is so inaccurate. We are long evolved away from needing meat in our diets. Humans initially needed meat and dairy because we ate less often and had to catch and kill our own food, thus needed sustenance from a longer amount of time and protein to develop. In modern developed countries there is no deficit to children who grow up never eating meat or dairy, they actually live longer and healthier lives than their meat eating counterparts. You need to do some research, you are speaking about biology but seem to have a total lack of knowledge of modern scientific research indicating that meat should be consumed far less for optimum health and that vegans and vegetarians are healthier than meat eaters. If you have knowledge of nutrition you will know that a variety of vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans contain protein and offer the same amount of protein and are just as good, if not better for you. This information is readily available through a doctor, naturopath, nutritionist, scientific trials and evidence papers, the internet etc. so if you really are concerned about battery farming at all and extending your circle of compassion beyond humans you can check it out.

    • Cay

      If done right and with the help of a nutritionist to ensure that you are getting proper amounts of protein, calcium, and vitamins, it is healthy. It's not easy, but it is possibly to get the right amount of nutrients from a vegan diet. Veganism has its downsides, but so do most nutritional plans (i.e. red meat has a host of problems, it's getting more difficult to find toxin-free fish, etc.).

      What becomes "unhealthy" is when people do it for the wrong reasons, such as an unhealthy relationship with food or their bodies (there are a lot of people who have disordered eating or full-blown eating disorders who successfully mask them under the guise of veganism). Veganism should be a carefully considered lifestyle choice, not a decision made just to lose weight or because it sounds cool

      • http://twitter.com/Alouette_Jolly Ada


    • Erica

      Same with gluten free... Often vegan-ism and going gluten free (aside from if you have Celiac's disease) makes people more healthy because being gluten free, they don't eat white carbs, as many cookies, etc. Being vegan, they may not eat as much ice cream or baked goods, either. But you can live a very healthy lifestyle eating fish and meat and dairy and grains, just in moderation and the right kind. But, to each his/her own. Whatever is best for each individual!

    • Maggie

      I used to be very against "veganism" until I read a book by nutritionist Kimberly Snyder called "The Beauty Detox Solution" where she explains very clearly how the body processes animal proteins and dairy. I found it to be quite an eye opening read. Being a 'good' vegan does require diligence but the benefits are definitely there.

    • Emily

      I think that "notion" comes from the scientifically based idea that many of the foods that can be eaten on a vegan diet are optimal for health. Leafy greens, all produce, legumes, nuts, seeds, etc are largely the foods lauded in scientific literature for their health benefits. (particularly plant polyphenols from produce) While online paleo blogs and the like may say that the same is true for animal products, scientific literature on the whole does not agree.
      Basically, a diet for optimal health is largely plant-based.

      Source: I'm a (omnivore) nutritional biochemistry PhD.

      • http://twitter.com/Alouette_Jolly Ada

        I think the debate of meat versus a nut and grain diet is not so simple anymore - especially when it comes to the paleo diet. The meat they ate then is not the same, the climate and the way they lived is not the same. So for people to claim eating like a paleo is good for you...well I'd questions that. Food is mass produced these days - including meat. The animal development process is sped up to meet supply and demand - and that includes force feeding animals with all sorts of hormones in order to ensure that money is being made and supply quota is reached. And so yea I do take issue with meat and how it's made - it's not been the best thing for me personally so I've cut it out. And I've never felt better.

    • babs

      One of the biggest issues I see with veganism is the replacement of animal protein with soy. Not only is soy one of the largest GMO crops in the world, it's also an endocrine disruptor and a major cause of deforestation in the Amazon. It's definitely possible to be healthy and vegan, but it requires being careful about getting enough protein, fats, and calcium.

    • http://twitter.com/Alouette_Jolly Ada

      It is healthy. You can get all the nutrients you get from nuts, grains, and the like that you get from meat. Some people - like me- can't digest meat. It caused me a great deal of pain when I ate it, and that's why I'm a vegetarian - though like Teresa I do have a shrimp, lobster, or calamari when I can't stand it anymore. Nuts have protein, they have calcium (almond milk, hemp...the list goes on) and they can make cheeses and all sorts of flour. There is not one person who feels best eating exactly the same way as the person beside them. It's really a personal thing. The problem is, some people do it to be trendy and for a 'diet' to loose weight, and don't really do their research as to what they should eat, and how they can ensure that they're getting everything they need.

  • Rachel

    So excited to see the movie! Great post!


  • Lucy Apted

    The movie looks like so much fun and she looks incredible!


  • http://twitter.com/magicmolly Molly Young

    Whoa. How do you curl your *bottom* lashes?

    • ITGAlessandra

      Very carefully.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mckenna.rishmawy McKenna Rishmawy

        That gives me psychosomatic pain on my lower lids just thinking about it.

        • taf

          It's hard enough curling my stubby upper lashes. Bottom lashes? Ahaha.

  • bee

    I think she's one of the most wonderful girl i ever seen


  • isa

    What tinted moisturizer and pink lip does she use? Would love more specifics!

  • Holly Skelton

    Teresa has some great tips and beauty ideas. I checked out her webite too and it looks good :-) xx

  • KathS

    so honest! I love it. have been doing face oils for a while but never tried avocado, maybe that will be my next. face oil, concealer, filled in brows, mascara- that is pretty much my regimine too. love her!

  • RESE

    Absolutely ADORE Teresa Palmer! She was the best part of "I Am Number Four" and I think she has a big career in front of her. These photos remind me of a young Robin Wright. Gorgeous, glowy, and natural! xx

  • Jenna

    Not sure @VintageObserver:disqus that you know what you're talking about. Have you read "The China Study"? Veganism may not be for everyone, but to say that it's "unhealthy" is a myth.

    • El

      Google: China Study Debunked

      • Jenna

        Yeah, and see how many people debunked her for being misinformed and scientifically inaccurate with her claims. And, by the way, there are different degrees of vegetarianism—not all are as extreme as veganism. So before everyone jumps on the vegetarian-hating bandwagon, you might want to look at both sides of the argument.

        • Anne Cox

          Her? There are tons of other qualified people who have discredited The Chine Study.

      • Ally

        China Study: NIH-funded scientific study done by research scientists over a long period of time.

        China Study Debunked: One girl's blog, who by her own admission, has a B.A. in English and some "self-taught" nutrition knowledge.

        Pretty easy to see the differences there.

  • fairytalesandcoffee

    I love how she explained her skincare philosophy. Oils all the way.

  • Zippora

    Please talk to Alexa Chung - she has always said she loves talking about beauty products but no-one ever asks her about them. Millions of girls would die of happiness if we knew what products she used - myself included.

  • renaphuah

    Teresa Palmer is an amazing individual, she grows up poor but yet she is a humble actress who doesn't forget her roots. Beautiful, talented and I have lots of respect for her. Very glad and happy to see her on ITG x

  • anderswrong

    Hey ITG, you gave us the scoop on coconut oil... can you follow that up with something about avocado oil? I'm rather curious, as this is the second person I've heard from who has started out using coconut oil and later switched to avocado. I know they're probably both good for different reasons, but I am running low on coconut oil and I'm wondering if I should give "avo" a try!

  • http://twitter.com/spanglishmajor Samantha

    I've actually just started using the Argan oil I got from Morocco on my face since it's been breaking out and dry from the swim season, and it's working beautifully. I've never heard of using avocado oil, though.

    I just saw Warm Bodies, and she was fantastic in it (not to mention gorgeous)! There should definitely be an interview with Analeigh Tipton ("Nora" in the film). I've had a girl crush on her since her ANTM days...

  • Caitlin

    She looks like a blonde Kristen Stewart.

  • goodbadandfab

    Just lovely! =)

    personal style and fashion musings of a LA fashion lawyer living life in the fab lane!

  • jackie

    I have acne prone skin but really want to try coconut oil and avocado oil, does putting the oil on your face clog your pores if you have acne prone skin?

  • BeautyholicRomy

    She should us the Benefit It's Potent eye cream - I have a dark eye area too and it magically sorted me out. True story.

  • http://virtualclinic365.blogspot.com/2014/02/10-beauty-tips.html Ahad Ammar

    I will suggest you, you could try using cold milk mix with almond oil...gently dab it around your face to reduce facial redness...or a cold tea bag would also be nice, the "tanin" would act as natural astringent and moisturizer for the skin... Drink lots of water and stay away from the sun.