Let's go ahead and call 2014 what it was: the Year of Scarlett Johansson. The actress starred in Captain American: Winter Soldier, Chef, and Lucy. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Rose, this fall. She wed French journalist Romain Dauriac. Oh, and did we mention she also turned 30? But just in case there was any doubt this really was the year of Scarlett, last night Barbara Walters named her one of 2014's Most Fascinating People.
The same day she taped the Barbara Walters special, Scarlett sat down with Lipstick to talk all things baby, holiday, and, of course, beauty.
Tell us about your morning beauty routine.
"On a regular day, I always clean my face first thing in the morning. I usually use Cetaphil or maybe a Clarins wash—something not too fragrant and non-comedogenic and all that stuff. I like the Clarins beauty balm. I usually will use a tinted moisturizer, and I wear concealer, mascara, sometimes. I usually pencil in my brow, and that’s about it. And some bronzer or blush. It depends day to day. I don’t wear a full face of makeup every day, but I wear makeup every day."
Has your beauty routine changed at all since having your daughter?
"Not really. Trying to find time is obviously a challenge. I’m sure that balances out eventually, but with a little baby, just trying to find time to go to the gym and get a haircut and all that stuff is not as easy. But you know, you manage. You pop out for an hour if you can, have someone watch the baby, and you come back. But my actual beauty routine is the same, low-maintenance."
Speaking of Rose, what do you want to teach her about beauty?
"I used to watch my mom get glamorous. She wore a lot of makeup, like a full face. She still does, pretty much—she’s pretty glamorous. But she encouraged my sister and me...she always let us wear makeup. She always let us play with nail polish and lipstick. She encouraged us to express ourselves with our makeup and clothes and all that. She was always very big on just being yourself, be who you are. And that is, I think, a nice rule to live by for beauty and otherwise."
Where do you get your beauty inspiration?
"I get my beauty inspiration from the street. I live in New York, and I live in Paris, and I spend time traveling a lot. I like to watch what people are wearing, how they wear their makeup, how they put their clothes together. Also, my girlfriends are beautiful and creative and have really interesting, different types of aesthetics, so I’m inspired by my girlfriends too."
Do you talk about beauty together?
"Oh, yeah, definitely! If someone is using a great new product, we talk about that stuff, sure. My friend Julia got me really into nail stamps. Her nails are insane all the time, and she’s really good at doing them. So she inspired me with her nail art, and now I have a crazy nail stamp collection and no time to apply any of them. She was like, 'You’ve got to get all these!' So I bought them all, and now I basically just watch her use them."
Let's talk holiday beauty. You’re the face of Dolce and Gabbana's cosmetics and The One fragrance, and you rock a red lip better than pretty much any woman we know. What's your secret?
Limited-editions for holiday: Glow Bronzing Powder in Desert, $51, and The Shine Lipstick in Real Red, $37
"There’s a shade for everybody, and a lot of times people don’t realize that and they think there is just one kind of red, but you can (and should) match a red to your skin tone. There are warm and cool shades. Dolce has such a great range of reds, and their lipsticks are fabulous. It’s really the best part of my job [laughs], sorry. I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that, but it’s true.
How do you shop for holiday gifts for other people?
"A couple of years ago, I was in such a panic because, you know I have a lot of siblings and a pretty big family, and I was just panicked to buy my 38-year-old brother a Christmas present. I was like, 'What am I doing? This is a children’s holiday; I don’t need to buy presents for everybody.' We were all going nuts about it, and I noticed it was taking five hours to do gift opening, and it was ridiculous. So we put the kibosh on that. Now we do Secret Santa, and we have a limit of a couple hundred dollars, and it’s very competitive to really impress with your creativity. And it’s nice because you’re concentrating specifically on one individual person. So the past three or four years, we’ve been doing Secret Santa, and that works the best. I usually get a lot of personal presents for my person. Last year I got my sister-in-law, so I got her really nice tights and a vintage sweater and a really cute nail polish. Actually makeup is a really nice thing to get people, and I’m not just saying that."
It's so personal though. How do you do it?
"I usually will get a lipstick or a really nice nail polish or a cream shadow—something that’s versatile. The nice thing about buying a piece of makeup with the luxury brands is that even if you can’t afford to give a handbag or accessory that way, it’s still precious, but it’s affordable. So it’s a nice gift."
What’s on your personal wish list?
"On my wish list this year, other than extra sleep? I know what I want to invest in. I wouldn’t trust anybody to buy it for me. The other day I was saying I really want to buy a leather skirt this year. I think I’m going to do a pencil—high waist, right above the knee."