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Clad in a turtleneck blouse, polka dot pencil skirt, and pointed black blazer, Olivia Wilde’s proclamation, “I’m not a model, but I’m a hard-working professional,” isn’t a stretch to believe. The DC-raised actress is in New York filming The Longest Week, her latest feature film on a resume that boasts Tron: Legacy and The Change-Up. So it’s no surprise that her newest role, Revlon brand ambassador, is equal parts work and play.
“We weren’t asked to be models,” Wilde said of her new gig alongside fellow rising star and Revlon ambassador Emma Stone. “That takes a completely different talent. But the ads are tailored for who I am as an individual. I’m an incredibly hard worker who likes to have fun. I think that’s the definition of the modern woman.”
Judging by her print ads, which hit glossies in February, Wilde’s modern woman is a twenty-something in a trench coat and birkin-style handbag roaming the streets of NYC for signs of nightlife. But the actress herself splits time between the big apple and L.A. “I’m in New York as much as I can be, since my whole family is here.”
Wilde’s professional streak may be genetic (she’s the only actress in a long line of successful writers and journalists) along with her love of makeup. “My mother is an investigative journalist, and a producer for 60 Minutes. I remember seeing pictures of her in the middle of Afghanistan with bold eyeliner on. She’s a wizard with liner, and that’s when she felt her most powerful.”
For an actress who favors a natural approach to the red carpet, divulging, “I have to feel comfortable when one hundred people are screaming my name and not like I’m wearing a costume,” Wilde is constantly changing her look for new roles. Her Tron character required nine months of aesthetic development and the “white, silvery skin was put on every morning with an airbrush.” Wilde’s current project has her rocking a French new wave look, while an upcoming film with Ron Howard will prove an unfamiliar challenge. “I will be playing a real person, which I’ve never done before.”
Beyond the studio lots and makeup artists, the actress’s daily beauty routine is riddled with likeable female fallibility. “I have brushes swimming at the bottom of my purse all the time, so I like Revlon’s new crème eyeliner that has a brush built in to it.” The spokeswoman’s other favorites? “The lip butter is amazing. My lips are always dried out by pigment, but that really keeps them moisturized.”