Kristen Stewart - Into The Gloss

Kristen Stewart

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“If you looked at pictures of me when I was 14 or 15, you couldn’t tell the difference between me and my brothers. I looked like a boy, fully. I really like extremes. I wear jeans and t-shirts and am a total tomboy, but at the same time, when I pull out all the stops [for an event], I want to fucking go for it, polarized in the other direction from my reality. Everything Balenciaga makes is beautiful; watching their runway shows is like watching a movie. But wearing it is not the easiest thing. It’s tough to integrate that type of thing into your life. But when you can do it—wear something unexpected, with your personal style—it’s incredibly badass.

I still really don’t know how to do my own makeup. I do the same thing every day, if I do my own: mascara and black eyeliner. I’m a bit of a raccoon—I already have dark eyes—so I just make them a little bit darker. One of my makeup artists, Jill Dempsey, made an eyeliner that I really dig, but I don’t think she’s making any more, which is a bummer. I just use whatever black liner. There’s a pencil that you can get at Topshop that’s cheap, so I’ll get, like, five of them, and they last forever and they’re really, really good. I do both the top and bottom line and then just smudge it with my finger. I don’t have a favorite mascara, genuinely. I like it clumpy, though—I’ll use anything if it’s clumpy, black, and it works. I don’t mind it being really cakey and heavy.

If I’m being responsible, I’ll wash my face, but I never take off my eyeliner or my mascara because it looks so good the next day. It’s a continuous thing; I think I’ve never really had clean eyes. [Laughs]  For my skin, I use the whole Proactiv system. It really, really works for me; I’ve used it since I was a teenager, a young teenager. I feel like I’m a total spokesperson for them because it really did help me and I’m always telling people, ‘Oh, dude!’ and mentioning it in interviews, but I can’t imagine doing one of their commercials. I don’t think they’d want me to, to be honest. Better in print. [Laughs]

If I wasn’t an actor, I would definitely do things to my hair. I would cut it more, I would dye it more. At some point I want to do a total boy cut, completely—not a pretty, girly version—like a straight up James Dean haircut. And then, I’m definitely going to shave my head before I die. I will definitely tattoo my head while it’s shaved before my hair grows back. I’m not sure which part, probably the bottom quadrant in the back. I don’t know what the tattoo would be, yet. Still thinking.

I try not to force anything. For a shoot, if you can find one or two things that make you genuinely smile, it helps, rather than trying to think about taking beautiful photos. Because, in the moment, you’re literally so surrounded, you can’t think about every angle. I just try to breathe through it. It’s not my favorite thing, but I’ve gotten better than when I was younger. If you feel comfortable, you’ll look comfortable. For example, I feel like when I put my arm up, I’m not comfortable. That’s like a, ‘Oh, fuck, I don’t know what to do with myself’ look. Usually, if I’m feeling it and I’m comfortable, hands are down. I try to act natural.

I, personally, want to stay neutral so that I’m in a perfect position to, it sounds lame, but to transform myself for a role. If a project comes up and I’ve already got a shaved head, it would be a problem; I hate wearing wigs. But the way I choose roles anyway is very gut-oriented.

As long as I feel solid about my creative choices, people can have whatever image or perception of me that they’d like. You can’t think that someone’s impression of you is wrong—it’s their impression—and, therefore, you really can’t worry about it. So many people have developed their impressions based on fucking bullshit, and you’ll never do anything true to yourself, you’ll never make the art you want to make, if you’re concerned about that. At the same time, I’m a 23 year-old. I like clothes, but that’s not because I’m like, ‘Oh my god! I need to stay relevant!’ [Laughs]”

—as told to ITG

Kristen Stewart photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on January 24, 2014. In addition to being more awesome in person than you even imagined, Kristen is the face of Balenciaga's newest fragrance, Rosabotanica. Try it here

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  • E. Brockmann

    Thanks, comme toujours, ITG. You guys are the best to a very high degree! :D

  • sophie brewster

    Ahh, I love Kristen. Total badass babe.

  • Steph

    I love her, I think shes crazy beautiful, and the fact she comes across so awkward is cool to, makes her seem human.

    • Bing
    • So true

      Yes also the idea that a 'tomboy' can be a natural thing. It does not always involve faking an interest in touch football for the sake of male attention. All women have a balance of masculine and feminine but some express it differently. It can mean a person's demeanor, style of dress, attitude or way of life. My family never understood that I was essentially a 'tomboy' because the activities I enjoy are art and Pilates. It also confuses most men. I am not going to go to a Lakers game but I also speak and move and dress in a way that they read as lesbian when it's just awkward and/or unisex. ITG never posts my comments so...

      *I hate the word tomboy but until a new one is invented I use it to get my point across.

  • Kelly

    Her skin is incroyable.

    • gaga

      I think she is moisturizing , ha

      • Claire

        I read somewhere that she uses Skinceuticals Daily Moisture :)

  • Ally

    OMG! I am a fan, I love her since Into The Wild, she is amazing

    http://www.allyisabelle.com

  • Aubrey Green

    I really love her eyes, so beautiful. I like her. She's right in the sense that you can't make someone change their mind about their impression of you. I also personally like that she uses her hands so often when talking and that she seems shy and nervous.

  • Linh

    Minimalist make up and yet so beautiful. I dig this chick.

  • robfan52

    Just beautiful Kristen!

  • http://msberrystylish.blogspot.com/ Sierra Calah

    Shes so beautiful! And I love how down to earth she is :)
    xoxo
    Sierra Calah ♡ Berry Stylish  

  • Seannie5

    I ADORE THIS GIRL! She's so chilled out and so herself no matter how many people tell her to be this way or that way.

  • Mika

    She sounds good...like she's matured a lot since her old interviews. Then again, girl is 23 and she was like a teenager when she did Twilight

  • c_kay

    #1 girl crush forever.

  • Jean

    Reading how Kristen cares about something like a James Dean haircut or likes clothes actually just made me like her and find her so much more nonconformist and cool than I previously believed (but I know she didn't say it to make me like her, so don't take it back!).
    Also, does proactive only work for people who spend the majority of their time in subtropical/mediterranean climates?

    • Mika

      I think it does work better when you have don't have the super dryness in the air. She does seem to like clothes and that sort of thing (she has oodles of money from Twilight so it's not like she needs to go to fashion shows)...I think it was just a kind of tabloid construction that she doesn't care about clothes

  • Kristinwithani

    Please ITG: who makes her top (dress??) it's just what I need in my wardrobe! Thank you for all of your tremendous posts...I have a mountain of unread magazines because I prefer to read your blog!

    • ITGMackenzie

      Hi @disqus_U1HgS60ckh:disqus
      It's Balenciaga! So pretty.
      xoxo
      MW

  • Lola

    The movie I loved her the most in is Adventureland, and, physically, I think she's absolutely gorgeous. Great eyes, great stare!

    • Joan

      Don't forget the legs, if I had legs like that I'ld wear skirts every day. But then she wouldn't be able to keep them so flawless.

  • Delilah

    Does anyone know what that eyeliner from Topshop could be? Kristen really looks best with this type of natural makeup, just enhances her natural beauty.

  • cat

    no way. I did not expect to see her on here. what a babe!

  • Jessica

    She seems so true to herself so confident and down to earth. I love her.

  • Savannah

    Gorgeous girl.

  • annvc

    ahh the stuff she wants to do with her hair, i love that kind of f"*k u to the world hahah.
    i wish i could tattoo my head but i think that would be so painful.

  • Wut

    Her freaking skin is from using proactive???!!!!
    Ok well it looks like I'll be restarting that program again.

  • Laura

    Man, I f*cking love this girl so much. She's so awesome and gorgeous. And talented, my favorite movies of her are The Runaways and Adventureland. Such a babe.

  • Leanne Webber

    Love this!

    SO informative.

    Please check out my beauty blog nailsandteapots.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • Virna Aryanita

    So pretty! Love her <3

    http://virnaaryanita.wordpress.com/

  • Carol

    She's so confident at such a young age! How is this possible?! Beautiful girl. I'll pay more attention on her from now on. She's gorgeous with little make up.

  • breakslikeglass

    OMG please can we get a Top Shelf with Kristen?????!!!!!!!!!!!

  • overanalyzer

    Can you please do Jemima Kirke's top shelf/the face?

  • giada
  • 2loveybunnies

    She is really a beautiful girl. I am so totally the same about my make-up! Although tattooing my shaved head isn't something I ever considered. But you have to love her attitude and confidence about how and why she chooses projects. Totally seems like someone I would want to hang out with.

  • Hannah

    I like her attitude.

  • Ivy

    I love how she's confident in herself, without an ounce of arrogance-- it's not that she thinks highly of herself, but that she's just accepted who she is and her own limits. Now that's an accomplishment. (not to mention the fact that she looks stunning here. Her eyes!)

  • natt

    A great girl and always seems true to herself and her skin is lovely in person!

  • Kfan

    She is not trying to make anyone like her. People like her for who she is! Beautiful and cool!

  • natt

    Kristen looks gorgeous and she seems very down to earth and stays true to herself also she is very lovely in person and her skin is flawless!

  • Dale

    I love this girl! Perhaps the only showbiz personality of her generation who is completely organic and uncontrolled by the media. In turn making her the easiest target to hate on by the public, which only makes my conscience root for her success all the more. I admire her courage and uber strong individuality.

    • Joan

      What you say is so true. They do hate her and say mean things about her. It's not fair, but no one ever promised us fairness.

  • evemarietou

    Kristen is effortlessly gorgeous. I've been a fan of hers since "Panic Room" (2002) -- and she's come a long way since then. She is so natural and down-to-earth, even in her awkwardness. And, to quote some of the previous commentators, a "badass babe."

  • SS

    thank you for this brilliant post. it's honestly written unlike other kristen stewart articles that would use her name and fame in to sell BS instead of the real person they're writing about. i respect ITG for not turning this into a tabloid. well done!

  • Alisa

    Her eyes are freakin' magic.

    • Janet Lee

      I like her eyes, but they're not dark!

  • http://www.kmakesithappen.com/ Kassandra Fairhall

    shes so raw and real

  • lulu

    Be right back, sprinting to the nearest Proactiv vending machine. Also, this interview made me really like her.

  • Maggie

    I have been majorly inspired by paparazzi photos of Kristen just going about her biz: First of all, her hair swoosh is top notch. Secondly, seeing her in chucks made me desperate to go buy a pair, and make them as dirty and worn as possible before wearing them. Love her xoxo

  • DrMomLovesLife

    Absolutely love her! Love the fact that she spreads the message that it's okay to be yourself, and that you have to live your life by what is right, not by what people think about you. She's fantastic - can't wait to see her new projects coming up.

  • BOB

    she's...so awful

  • Janet Lee

    I think she's a natural blonde.

  • Rad

    just went back to this interview and funny how the hair things are happening.. :)

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