'I did this Snapchat show this year—it was called Literally Can't Even—and I didn't wear any makeup on it. I think in one episode I wore some lipstick and that's it. In fact I was actually really annoyed we didn’t have a makeup team because I look truly Walking Dead- status without anything on my face, but luckily the shows went away after 24 hours so it all worked out. My friend and I joked because we actually have terrible acne and we wouldn’t do anything about it at all, just because I lost my concealer and didn’t bother buying new concealer in time for the episodes. I think we got one tweet that was like 'It's really amazing how these girls are just kind of showing off their flaws, like that huge pimple on Emily [Goldwyn]’s chin' or something. We laughed so hard because we didn’t think about it—we just kind of didn’t care.
I'm on many a pill for my skin...I feel like that's cheating but when I turned 18, out of nowhere I got acne. My dad was like 'Oh hahaha that happened to me too at your age!' and I’m like 'I’m not laughing—I’m about to go to college, this is not funny.' That summer, I went to my mom's dermatologist and she put me on Oracea, Aldactone, and birth control. The three combined was a miracle and my skin changed. Now I wash my face with Perricone MD, and once a month I use the Patricia Wexler Exfoliating Cleanser With Acnostat—you have to wear a lot of sunscreen when you use it because it makes you so sensitive.
Then I’ll do the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask sometimes and it makes me want to eat my face. [Laughs] It smells like pumpkin pie! Do you remember those shower gels by that company Philosophy? They had caramel apple and all these really sweet smells—this reminds me of that. I used to take baths and wear all of those Philosophy things and listen to Alicia Keys and I thought I was so mature. [Laughs] I'll also do this Drink Up Intensive Origins Overnight Mask once a week. I do it like checkin’ up on my Facebook in my bed, there’s mask everywhere on my pillows, I’m the worst person in the world.
My approach to makeup is different between when I'm single and when I'm in a relationship. There are a lot of Sashas! So a bit before my current boyfriend I was putting on this Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette and doing all of these color eyeshadows—bronzes and browns and chocolates. I would wear actual eyeliner and do a cat eye with a bright red Nars Lipstick. That was kind of my look, I was loving makeup as single Sasha. Then I got into a relationship and stopped wearing so much because it kind of gets in the way. And not wearing makeup as much makes the times that you do wear makeup more special. And I think people notice that—and you get more compliments.
So most days I don't wear makeup, but I do like this liquid eyeliner from Prestige Cosmetics in Icon that I think you can get at any Rite Aid. I always do little wings, and then if I'm going out to dinner I'll add Tom Ford Lip Color in Pussy Cat. It's what I'm wearing now. Sometimes I'll just wear mascara with my L’Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Rock Mascara.
I also use L'Oréal's EvèrCreme Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner, which I started doing about a year and a half ago. My hair was always oily after I used real shampoo, and I actually did the baking soda-vinegar thing for a week, but I just felt gross. After I get out of the shower, I put it up in a twist with a claw clip thing. When it's dry, I take it out and it'll have a natural curl at the bottom without any other products. I actually find that my hair looks the best on tour with my band, Wardell. And it's funny because I'm just using cheap hotel shampoo and conditioner. Who knows if it's the products or the water or the weather wherever we are—but I can never get it after the tour ends. I think also stress and adrenaline help. Maybe adrenaline does something to your roots where it just makes your hair more voluminous.”
—as told to ITG
Sasha Spielberg photographed by Paley Fairman in Los Angeles on August 27, 2015. Interview by Yasi Salek.