Mandy Moore has revealed some tips about how she keeps her skin youthful, even with having to wear serious prosthetic makeup for her role on This Is Us.
Moore is on the cover of New Beauty magazine this month and talks about her intense makeup routine for when she plays the 66-year-old version of her character, Rebecca Pearson.
“First is under-painting, so painting on age spots, sunspots, broken capillaries and what not. On top of that is the actual ager, which is this material that almost feels like dried glue. Then, they put on the prosthetic pieces—I think I wear 10 of them. It’s about a three-and-a-half-hour process with the wig and all the makeup,” says Moore. “It’s a pretty arduous process and it takes a little over an hour to take it all off at the end of the night.”
She says that she loves the process but doubts she’ll look like Rebecca when she’s 66.
“Clearly, she’s worn sunscreen and gotten sleep—her face does not look like she’s lived the stressful, grief-laden life I know she has—and she wears her age well,” she says.
With the intensity of the makeup required for the show, Moore shares her tips on how she maintains her clear, glowing complexion.
“My skin is super sensitive, and having to wear makeup every day, especially the old-age makeup on the show, is really hard. I try to get a lot of sleep, drink water and wear sunscreen. I’m not a particularly big drinker, so that helps because I don’t have to contend with completely dehydrating my skin,” says Moore. “Beyond that, I guess I have my mom and dad to thank. However, that’s not to say I don’t have breakouts like everybody else. I’ve gone through patches where my skin was just completely awful. But when I feel like I’m taking care of myself, it’s evident in my skin.”
Her typical daily beauty routine is pretty simple and depends on what her daily activities entail.
“I wake up and wash my face. If I’m going to the gym, I’ll put on a tiny bit of moisturizer and sunscreen because I don’t want to clog up my skin. But if I’m going about my day or if I have a day off, then I use moisturizer, sunscreen, maybe a little bit of Wonderglow and some clear eyebrow gel,” says Moore. “I usually add a pop of color to my lips—that’s sort of my go-to. It makes me feel instantly polished without having to go through a whole routine. Just keeping it really simple like that is important to me.”
Her biggest beauty tip is to take care of your eyebrows and even get them professionally done.
“I’ve had my eyebrows microfeathered, so they need a little gel. It’s lighter [than microblading] and uses soft, feathery strokes,” she says. “I love it. It’s one less thing to do and it’s changed my whole beauty routine because I was constantly trying to fuss and fix my eyebrows so they would look the way they did when [the professionals] did them, which would never happen because I’m just terrible at doing my own eyebrows.” Thank goodness it isn’t only us who struggles with the perfect brow.
She also keeps her diet as simple as her skincare and says she tries to be healthy, but will indulge whenever the mood strikes.
“I won’t say no to French fries, chocolate chip cookies or a glass of wine. I’m not too regimented. I try to take it all in stride,” she explains. “I understand that food is fuel, so I really try to view it from that lens—I’m not going to count calories.”
She does have some secrets that helps her prepare for any big events she needs to attend.
“Before a big event I usually stop eating anything unhealthy and up my water intake,” says Moore. “Oh, and have a full 12 hours between dinner and breakfast.”
These tips all seem simple enough! Hopefully, if we follow Moore’s advice we can also have that glowing, youthful skin that she’s known for.