In this blog, we thought we’d explore the beauty secrets of this wonderful actress, who’s recently chosen the city of London as her adopted home, after three years living there. Margot talked recently to Vogue magazine and divulged her favourite places to dine in our fair capital, as well as offering insight into how she gets into her character for her performances. At one point Margot described her habit of choosing a distinctive fragrance to suit each new role. For Harley Quinn, she chose a sickly sweet aroma that she found in a strip mall. She said it was a ‘cheap, grimy, in-your-face smell’, acting as a powerful sensory trigger to help her slide effortlessly into character. She also gave a golden list of tips for looking healthy and maintaining your natural beauty. Unsurprisingly, Margot tends to reserve a lot of her cleansing for the shower. She confessed that clean skin was her chief concern and most protected asset. Working as an actress, Margot is exposed to layers of damaging make-up, which means she sometimes needs a cosmetic shield. One of the brands she swears by is Skin111, which was offered to her by the makeup artist Patti Dubroff. This product uses a malleable sheet mask, softened with a jelly-like material, soaked in a serum that cleanses the skin. Margot also sparingly uses Mercier Tinted Moisturiser or, sometimes, Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation and moisturiser to give her face a vibrant glow.
When it comes to big events, Margot uses Suqqu Foundation to highlight her bottom lashes. She always touches her brows with brush and occasionally utilises pencil to retain definition. She rarely goes out without a sweep of mascara and cream blush and usually adds a tint of lip colour with subtle lip balms by Burt’s Bees. When she isn’t being harassed by the paparazzi, Margot admits to being very pedantic about removing her makeup with wipes. In fact, she always keeps her wipes close by, except when she was backpacking in the Philippines last year and she ran out for the first time in her recent memory. Other essentials include Klorane Dry Shampoo and, of course, Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria, which is one of the first product Margot endorse and also, rather religiously, uses.
It might be hard to believe, but Margot wasn’t always completely confident in her looks. It took an older friend, Kelli Garner, to wake her to her natural beauty when she was just 20 years old:
“You wear too much make-up,” said Kelli, “All the colours you’re putting on your face are already there… Your cheeks go really red when you’re warm or giggling, that’s your blush…”
Finally, Vogue asked Margot what her career highlight was and she referred to working with the great auteur, Martin Scorsese. And what was it like to work with this master? Well, Margot described ‘Marty’ as being strangely self-effacing – supposedly he spoke to her like an equal and, instead of loading her with glib insider knowledge, he talked with her like a colleague. She said he asked her about films, presuming she’d heard of them, even if they were obscure and released decades before she was born. It was that show of respect that warmed to the director and helped her to channel that irresistible performance as beautiful, street-smart ‘ Duchess’.