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Olivia Wilde Dislikes False Eyelashes, Uses Makeup Cheat Sheets

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Although Olivia Wilde (alongside Emma Stone) is a new face of Revlon, she admits that makeup doesn't always come easily to her. When it comes to red carpet and press events, she has a team of professionals who do her makeup for her, so she didn't learn as much as she could have. Thanks to Revlon's Gucci Westman, though, Wilde has been improving her skills. "I benefit more than anyone from the cheat sheets," she admitted to Fashion Etc. "I could never put fake lashes on myself; it would be such a disaster! They would end up in my eyeball. But I like playing with eye makeup. I like liners and mascara."

When it comes to makeup, though, Wilde does have one role model close to home: her mom. "I used to watch her do her eye makeup—she’s a wizard with eyeliner. She’s an investigative journalist and she’d be in Afghanistan—now she’s a producer for 60 Minutes and writes books and stuff—but I’d see pictures of her out in the field with perfect eyeliner! It makes her feel like the most powerful version of herself. And I think that’s where I learned that concept; she wasn’t doing it for someone else."

As for beauty advice? Wilde's #1 tip has zero to do with makeup: "Breathe! I have to remember to breathe on a red carpet. [Your face] shows the tension that you carry."
· Olivia Wilde Talks Revlon, Beauty Woes, and NOT Being a Model [Fashion Etc]
· Video: Watch Glamour's Cover (Featuring Olivia Wilde) Talk [Racked]