“I’m just the canvas—they only use my face!” insists CoverGirl Queen celebrity brand ambassador Paula Patton, whose how-to videos with makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff just launched on the brand’s YouTube channel (view a clip after the jump). Despite her modesty, however, it’s clear Patton knows a thing or two about cosmetics and skin care.
When did you first get into makeup?
It started with dress-up—I loved wearing my mom’s clothes and looking in the mirror as she did my makeup. But I didn’t apply it myself until I was 14 or 15. I remember going to the drugstore and buying this wine-colored lipstick—I felt so great going to school with it on!
Why do how-to makeup videos?
Near the end of high school, I started breaking out. I wish I’d had how-to videos back then! It wasn’t until after my acne stage that I learned how to correct my imperfections in a natural-looking way. I’m a work in progress, but observing makeup artists has helped—for example, when it comes to covering a blemish, I know now that less is more. Instead of using foundation all over my face, I’ll just dab cream concealer on a spot and brush CoverGirl Queen Collection Lasting Matte Pressed Powder over it. It has great coverage and blends well, so when I’m trying to look cute for my husband [Robin Thicke] or a big meeting, I’ll use it. There’s always that urge to use more makeup, but Ashunta taught me to see the big picture—to stop focusing on a blemish so much and to step back from the mirror.
It’s hard to believe that you ever had acne issues—how do you maintain such a blemish-free complexion?
I hate the idea of someone picking at my skin, which is why I love oxygen facials. They’re non-invasive but still target problem areas—I’ll get them the day of or the day before a red carpet event.
When I’m shooting a movie, wearing heavy makeup 14 to 15 hours a day, I always wash my face afterward. I really like Ayur-Medic’s Papaya Enzyme Scrub and Clearifying Mask because they’re not too harsh but I see results. If my eyes are puffy in the morning, I’ll use Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask to help with the swelling—I put it on and then, boom! My eyes are all better. Besides facials and good skin care habits, I just make sure to drink lots of water and green tea—I also wear Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50 to stop the aging process a bit. It doesn’t leave any white residue, so it’s perfect for wearing under makeup.
What’s your favorite facial feature to play up?
I love wearing mascara—the CoverGirl Queen Collection has this great Lash Fanatic Mascara—but I think I’d have to say my lips. Putting even the slightest bit of lipstick on them adds a nice feminine touch.
What’s your husband’s favorite facial feature on you?
I think he’d say my eyes and lips, but he’s a bit biased! Men only think about a couple things. They’ll look into your eyes and then it’s like, let’s kiss!