Jordana Brewster, Actress


"I was born in Panama but I lived in London for six years and then we moved to Rio for four years. My mom is Brazilian, so I would say that's had an influence on who I am, beauty-wise. I really like a full brow—I would say that’s a Brazilian influence. I also like being tan no matter what, even though the sun is really bad for you. I use a self-tanner called Chocolate Sun that’s organic and doesn’t leave you looking orange at all. It’s obviously a better option than a real tan. My mother is more pristine than I am in terms of her looks—if she doesn’t have any makeup on she’ll put on dark glasses, but she'll always have makeup on in front of my dad. She was a model, too, so I defer to her on all things that involve skincare. Like Pond’s Cold Cream—our family has been using that for so many years and that’s what I use to take my makeup off. I also like that it’s moisturizing too because I don’t always have to use a cream after. Morning or night.

During the day, I use EltaMD for SPF and I love it. It’s tinted, and I’ll mix it with a little bit of Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint to look really glowy. For more coverage, I use the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 7 or 8—it’s super lightweight and I like that it makes you look bronzy. I’ve been using Touche Éclat in 1 since I was 13. I used to only use it under my eyes—because I didn’t realize that you could also use it as an illuminator—and if I’m dark around my mouth or have a pimple, I’ll use it there.

Along with looking tan, I love looking dewy and rosy. Charlotte Tilbury’s Beach Stick is easy for my cheeks. Hourglass makes my favorite bronzer, too—I need something that if I go heavy handed it’s not gonna be super obvious—and that one is perfect. Also, waterproof makeup drives me crazy. So if I’m going to do eyeliner, the Armani Eye Pencil is smooth enough that it goes on really well but I can also take it off. My favorite mascara right now is MAC mascara. I go through phases where I’ll use one mascara for two years in a row. You know those iron combs people had when they were young? Well, they're super intense—it was pretty much a comb to separate your lashes. This one separates them beautifully but without the fear of poking your eye out.

I was really scared to color my hair but I did it recently and I'm really happy with it. Especially with T.V., your hair color needs some depth in tone. I love the Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet because it keeps my hair from looking dry or ashy. Sometimes I'll style it myself, but I do go to Drybar in L.A. a lot. Since I work out regularly, if I get a really good blowout, I’ll just use the Ouai Dry Shampoo. Or I’ll just leave my hair wet, put it in a loose low bun, and I get texture that way. Living in L.A., you don’t have to do much.

For teeth, I like the Tea Tree Oil mouthwashes from Whole Foods, they’re super refreshing. I tried coconut oil pulling, but it lasted a day. You have to do it for 10 minutes straight! I did feel really clean after that, but I couldn’t keep going."

—as told to ITG

Jordana Brewster photographed by Tom Newton.