You might recognize Holland Roden from her role on MTV’s supernatural series Teen Wolf. Oh, and she is also a Hollywood rarity-a redhead. In comparison to the bevy of blondes and brunettes, there are few actresses known for red hair besides Isla Fisher, Sophie Turner, Amy Adams, and Emma Stone. And at a recent event with Simple Skincare, the 29-year-old actress told us all about her adventures growing up with red hair. “Being a redhead is a niche department,” she told SELF in a one-on-one interview. “Don’t try to blend in because you’re not going to. Just own it.”
But she didn’t always embrace her own fiery, auburn mane. As a teenager, she tried out a few blonde pieces (it was the ’90s, after all, the era of chunky hair color). “It was a full head of highlights, but I thought, ‘Highlights isn’t dying your hair.’ All you want to do as a kid is blend in, and all you want to do as an adult is stand apart in the crowd.” And in Hollywood, being different has paid off for Holland. She doesn’t mind being the only redhead in a movie-it’s her thing.
And when it comes to her skin, she keeps a strict low-fuss regimen: a cleanser like Simple Skincare Hydrating Cleansing Oil (in stores this July), a SPF moisturizer, Chapstick, an eye cream, and a pimple cream the occasional whitehead breakout (what she calls “family reunions on your face”). She might occasionally add a few pumps of serum to her moisturizer-if she’s feeling fancy.
As far as makeup, Holland wears as little product as possible when she’s not on set. Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer ($70, nordstrom.com), Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint ($40, birchbox.com), and Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour in Canyon ($26, lauramercier.com) are three of her everyday essentials. She also goes for a lash curler over a tube of mascara. And when we asked about her red-carpet beauty philosophy: “When the hair is off my neck and out of my face and I don’t have to touch up the lipstick, those are my favorite red-carpet moments,” she says. That translates to pants over skirts, updos over waves, and a nude lip over a high-maintenance red. For Holland, it’s practical beauty above all else.
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