Kristen Stewart will be the first to tell you she leads a double life. Since wrapping the last installment of the blockbuster Twilight saga, she's sunk her teeth into gritty, not-at-all glamorous roles in On The Road and the Sundance hit Camp X-Ray, where she plays a small-town soldier assigned to Guantanamo Bay. All the while landing a Chanel campaign and working as the face of Balenciaga's fragrances.
вЂњIt's cool that I have this dual life,вЂќ she told us. вЂњI'm very simplistic with my makeup in real life, so on the red carpet, I like to push it in the other direction. If I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it all the way.вЂќ Stewart keeps her must-have lipsticks, eye makeup, and brow pencil handy, but it's super-hydrating skin products that take up the prime real estate in her makeup bag. вЂњI have to moisturize my skin a lot, you can't go without makeup if your skin looks haggard and crack-y,вЂќ she says. вЂњI always think of that scene in Zoolander when he Ben Stiller says вЂњmoisture is the essence of beauty,вЂќ but it's so true.вЂќ More on her red carpet persona and must-have products, above.
Stewart prefers to keep her makeup light off-camera, so she works hard to keep her face glowing. вЂњProactive keeps my skin really clear,вЂќ she says. вЂњMy biggest thing is to keep my face hydrated and healthy with a lot of moisturizer. I use creams from Dermalogica and Dr. Hauschka.
Try Dermalogica's Active Moist ($40), Dr. Hauschka's Face Moisturizer Rose Day Cream ($45), and the Proactiv+ Kit ($40), it includes a Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, Emergency Blemish Relief, and Complexion Perfecting Hydrator.
вЂњI don't ever use foundation,вЂќ Stewart says. She is, however, an expert on tinted moisturizer. In her makeup bag you'll find her mainstay-M.A.C.'s Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15-as well as her latest favorite. вЂњI've been using BareMinerals' Tinted Moisturizer; it's the lightest one I've found,вЂќ she says.
вЂњI like doing something cool on the red carpet,вЂќ Stewart told us. вЂњSo many people go for pretty-and that's pretty boring.вЂќBare Minerals/TopshopВ
вЂњIt's pretty obvious I like a smoky eye,вЂќ Stewart says, referring to her many red carpet looks sporting a dark, defined eye. вЂњThere's this eyeliner from Topshop I use, it's super black and stays in place,вЂќ she says. вЂњEvery time I go there I buy five of them.вЂќ And her mascara of choice? вЂњRight now I'm using one from Bare Essentials.вЂќ
Stewart fills in her brows with Anastasia's Perfect Brow Pencil ($25) but doesn't dare pick up a pair of tweezers. вЂњI'm so lucky I don't have to do anything to my brows,вЂќ she says. вЂњI'm such a wuss about pain.вЂќBalenciaga
Stewart's said she didn't like perfume before becoming the face of Balenciaga's Florabotanica ($100), so how does the new sister scent stack up? вЂњThey have a similar undertone, but Rosabotanica is sort of warm and musky,вЂќ she says. вЂњIt's more worn-in, sort of like the nighttime version.вЂќ Now she rotates the two, depending on her mood.Burt's Bees
Stewart won't leave the house without Burt's Bees Lip Balm ($4) and, if she needs something richer, Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($6). вЂњAquaphor is the most hardcore moisturizer,вЂќ she says. вЂњYou can even use it for tattoo care.вЂќ
Stewart applies the same 'all or nothing' sentiment to her lip color. вЂњI like full on lipstick or nothing at all,вЂќ Stewart says. вЂњStains, gloss, I don't like any of that.вЂќ She favors rich formulas from Chanel: вЂњI'll do a classic red, pink, and sometimes a red with a little orange in it.вЂќ
Try the brand's Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour ($34) in Passion, Exaltee, and Excentrique.Jason Merritt/Getty Images
вЂњIt's great to have a beauty team that I can lend my creative input to,вЂќ Stewart says. вЂњMy makeup artists are so fucking good, they're artists. I work with Beau Nelson and Jill Dempsey and neither of them ever want to do the same thing twice.вЂќ
The above look was created by Nelson for the L.A. premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.Bumble and bumble.
The one product that never leaves Stewart's bag? "Bumble and bumble's Hair Powder ($36),вЂќ she says. вЂњIt's a lifesaver.вЂќ Like almost every celebrity we interview, Stewart prefers her hair a little dirty. вЂњIt's best on the second or third day,вЂќ she says. She also keeps Moroccanoil's Treatment ($43) on hand. вЂњMy ends get mad dry.вЂќChanel/OPIВ
вЂњI don't like anything too shiny,вЂќ Stewart says about her nails. Her favorite colors come from Chanel-and she always tops them with with a matte topcoat. вЂњI really like black nails right now.вЂќ
Try the brand's Le Vernis Nail Colour ($30) in Black Satin under OPI Matte Top Coat ($10).Getty Images
When asked about her beauty icons, Stewart takes a few seconds to think. вЂњTake Patti Smith and add in a little Brigitte Bardot to up the sex factor,вЂќ she says. вЂњThat's pretty dope, I've got a beauty icon now.вЂќRohto
When Stewart's exhausted after a long day on set, she reaches for Rohto's Ice Redness Relief Eye Drops ($7). вЂњThey burn,вЂќ she says. вЂњTrust me you'll cry, but then your eyes are so clear and bright after.вЂќSkinceuticals
вЂњI love Skinceuticals' serums,вЂќ Stewart says. вЂњThey have one that's for stressed-out skin, one for your pores if you're breaking out, and then the preventative one for problematic skin. I use a few of them.вЂќ
Try the brand's Blemish and Age Defense ($82), Phloretin CF ($155), or Retexturing Activator ($75).Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil $25ShopBurt's Bees Lip Balm $4ShopChanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour $34ShopChanel Le Vernis Nail Colour $30ShopDermalogica Active Moist $40ShopDr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream $45ShopMoroccanoil Treatment $43ShopOPI Matte Top Coat $10ShopProactiv+ Kit $40ShopRohto Ice Redness Relief Eye Drops $7ShopSkinceuticals Phloretin CF $155ShopSkinceuticals Retexturing Activator $75Shop