Acclaimed actress Emily Blunt, 36, lives in California and is married to American actor John Krasinski, 39, with whom she has daughters Hazel and Violet. The English rose is best known for her roles in movies like The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria, and A Quiet Place. In her latest project, she plays the titular character in Mary Poppins Returns. Emily reveals why she believes that true beauty isn’t just skin deep.
Below the surface
I know it’s a cliché to say that ‘beauty comes from within’ but, to me, those who are most beautiful are dynamic, vibrant and happy people. Personality comes through your eyes, your skin, in the way you move and in the way you smile. I’ve always felt that the most beautiful people are those who have beautiful characters and good intentions. That’s why Meryl Streep is such a great actress – she sucks up life like a sponge and then puts it on screen. People are so blown away by what she does.
Embracing your every flaw
I love imperfection – I appreciate that every line on someone’s face bears a story, and is the result of experience. In Hollywood, people are suffocated by plastic surgery, but striving for an impassive perfection isn’t something I ever found beautiful or have tried to achieve myself. I believe in taking care of your skin and your general health, but women who spend too much time trying to look perfect lose some of the magic about them.
Keeping it simple
When I was younger, I tried to dye my hair blonde with a product that contained lemon juice – it literally went green! I also remember several bad haircuts and blue lipstick… Now I have my make-up and hair favourites, and I don’t make too many beauty faux pas because I look for professional advice, which is priceless. I’ve definitely learnt a few tricks through trial and error, but the best advice is that less is more. Every face is different, so embrace the face shape you’ve been given and make it work for you.
As soon as I wake up, I cleanse and tone my skin, then I apply a serum, moisturiser and always finish with sunscreen, because I live in Los Angeles, which is very sunny. Every night, no matter if I’ve been out with friends or if it’s very late, I take my make-up off – I can’t sleep if I’ve got make-up on, so each night I cleanse, tone and moisturise again. It’s a routine my mom instilled in me.
I eat healthily, drink a lot of green vegetable juices and green tea, and I take a lot of supplements – hyaluronic acid, vitamin C products, and vitamin B. Supplements have completely changed my skin from the inside out, making it more resilient to sun damage and congestion from heavy set make-up. I work out four days a week with my trainer who specialises in body programmes that include everything from canyon hikes to free weights to sprinting. Because I ‘muscle up’ really quickly, we stay away from heavy weights and only train with my own body resistance. I regularly practise Bikram yoga, which can be intense but it keeps me lean, and I’ve also started running, which is a new thing for me because it never appealed to me before. I like listening to music and going running on a cool crisp morning.
“Yes, like the country,” is India’s go-to phrase when meeting people for the first time. A lover of the English language, India is a sub-editor and occasional writer, who pores over words on a daily basis. In her spare time, you’ll likely find her at a concert or daydreaming about her next overseas trip (with the Pinterest boards to prove it).