As one of the stars of the hugely successful Harry Potter series, Emma Watson knows that she has millions of young female fans around the world watching her every move. The actor will soon be introduced to a new generation of young fans thanks to her role as Belle in the upcoming Disney live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, expanding her fan base and sets of eyeballs fixed on her.
With so many young people’s attention on Watson, the Brown University graduate has been dedicated to giving her millions of fans worldwide a feminist role model they can look up to.
Watson has made headlines for her work as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, her championing of female authors thanks to her online book club, and most recently her efforts to make Belle a more feminist hero. Now Watson is again getting real with her fans and making us want to give her a big high-five.
In a new interview for IntoTheGloss.com, Watson shares her best beauty secrets, which are thankfully not limited to ‘get lots of sleep, drink a glass of water and pray that you hit the genetic lottery.’ Instead, Watson is using the opportunity to remind her young fans that the person they see on the red carpet has enjoyed the benefits of professional hair and makeup.
Watson is undoubtedly a stunning woman, but even the most beautiful people have their bad days and insecurities like the rest of us. Her new interview includes a list of 35 beauty products she uses, quickly dispelling the myth the celebs look stunning on red carpets simply because they woke up like this.
While filming Beauty and the Beast, Watson says that it was important for her to show herself in the most natural way possible. “The object for me when applying makeup is you should be able to see as much skin as possible,” says Watson. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve embraced my freckles much more and I want to be able to see them. When we were filming Beauty and the Beast, I insisted on keeping my freckles as a part of the movie. There are so many young girls who are going through puberty who really hate having them, so I felt the need to say that I have them and that I think the look of natural skin is beautiful. I didn’t want to get blanked out!”
Getting even more personal with her grooming habits, Watson revealed that even though she’s about to play a Disney Princess, she deals with hair down there just like the rest of us. “I use Fur Oil. I’ll use that anywhere from the ends of my hair to my eyebrows to my pubic hair.”
While we would all love to borrow Hermione’s wand to make a few magical adjustments, Watson admitted that she, like many of us, deals with unwanted upper lip hair the muggle way. “It’s funny—I was just talking to my friend before this about how in the Instagram era it’s so easy to edit your life so that it looks perfect,” says Watson. “But I bleach my top lip and tweeze my eyebrows and you’d never get to see that, even though it’s a part of my routine. There’s still so much shame around the things you do to get ready while you’ve got a towel wrapped around your head. It’s important to me not to edit that out. I’ve been bleaching my top lip since I was nine. I don’t do it very often, but I do it!”
Celebrities – they really are just like us. Unfortunately, there’s only a few of them will that will admit to it. All hail the people’s princess, Emma Watson.