Beauty Talk
InStyle Australia|June 2020
Actor LAURA DERN on going filter-free, owning her sexiness and taking a clean approach to skincare
SAMANTHA SIMON

When you were growing up, who taught you about all things beauty?

My grandma raised me with my mum. She really honoured her face. The only make-up she wore was lipstick and mascara and that remains what I consider beautiful. Even though my daughter [Jaya Harper, 15] and I have never discussed it, she loves lip balms and mascara too, so I realise that as a little girl she was watching me get ready—just like I watched my grandma.

How has your approach to skincare changed since being named a brand activist for clean beauty brand True Botanicals?

I’m not a purist, but I try to keep it clean and natural. I always thought I was very health-conscious about my beauty routine, keeping it simple with a few seemingly organic products. But pollutants add up. Now I won’t use anything that’s not safe for my daughter to use. I don’t want to poison myself. Women haven’t asked questions in the past; we just trusted labels. As we become more educated, it’s wonderful to learn what’s good for us—even if we still have a few vices.

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