When it comes to Gossip Girl, Team Beauty is Blair Waldorf fans all the way. While Serena repeatedly makes the same (verging on boring) mistakes, Blair knows exactly what she wants (we're taking beauty-wise, not Chuck-wise). Not to mention the fact she’s got like, the best wardrobe ever. So while Queen B enjoys the finer things in life, Leighton Meester who plays her is a less high-maintenance kinda gal. In fact, the actress told Stylelist that, in real life, she’s all about the high-street...
'Look, I'm a South Florida girl. If you need mascara, you go to Walgreens', she confessed. 'One of the joys of my job is being able to try all different products, but if I can spend a lot less on something, I'd rather do that.' Yup, next time we're hitting the Stateside supermarket, we'll be on the lookout for La Meest cruising down the makeup aisle. Bless! So what's her hero product? 'I'm currently loving those CoverGirl lip stains,' Leighton revealed. 'The L'Oréal Naturale Mascara is great. And I always pick up cocoa butter. It's 99 cents! I love it!'
With this in mind, it's no surprise that Herbal Essences scooped up the gwageous star to flaunt her glossy chocolate-coloured tresses, which stylist Baker Strahan says he has treated with the line of shampoos and conditioners for years. He says, however, that it's the newly reformulated line of the brand’s shampoos and conditioners, with its more hydrating formula, that says gives his client elasticity, shine and the ability to combat the styling damage she experiences on set. According to Leighton, on days when she's not working, she doesn't style her locks, and deep conditioners and heat protectant sprays are a fact of life. Good girl. 'My personal style is conducive to healthier hair,' she says. 'I don't want it to be flawlessly done all the time, I like a more natural look. If we do tousled waves, I like it undone. I don't want a perfectly molded coif.'
In fact, the Strahan and Meester reveal that one of their favorite beauty looks was for the Met Costume Institute Gala in 2009 when Leighton wore a fabulous Louis Vuitton puff-sleeved outfit with doll-like curls, rosy cheeks and bold red lips [above]. So it's no wonder her style icon is none other than Hollywood legend Bette Davis. 'Those lips,' she sighs. 'You know how you're supposed to choose between playing up your eyes or your lips? I always choose lips. I love the drama.' And LM, we love you!
- Rose Beer