AnnaLynne McCord’s Skincare Secrets!

By  August 19, 2009

The gorgeous star of 90210 met fans and helped launch the AcneHeroes Acne Action Plan in New York recently, and we got the chance to have a little beauty chat with her. We don’t think she could’ve been any nicer or down-to-earth, and she had lots of skincare, makeup, and hair tips to share! And when your done with this goldmine, you can head over to GlamBuzz to get AnnaLynne’s juicy news on the new season of 90210!


Glam: What are some skin problems that you’ve experienced and what are your skin’s main problem areas?
AnnaLynne: When I was growing up, I was really lucky—just the t-zone area, typical, not really extreme case of acne. I lived here in New York for 4 years, dealt with the nasty muck, but it was still pretty easy with cleanser and scrubbing. Fine, goes away. I move to LA, different climate—three and a half years, and I’m still adjusting! [The acne] started up on my cheeks, everywhere, all over my face. It’s a work in progress—I literally tried everything. I finally went to a doctor, my dermatologist recommended BenzaClin to m, and that was when I finally found something that started to work. Naturally, I was the cynic, but it really works, and now I’m telling the universe!

I keep to my regimen, where I cleanse, tone, and moisturize twice daily—morning and night—and I do the BenzaClin at night. I spot treat before I go to bed, and you know, it’s always going to pop up, but I’ve finally gotten it under control. With all the makeup and lights everyday, all day, it’s really helped me to get it back under control and feel a little bit more confident about my skin.

I’m out here talking to teens and letting them know that even though I’m in Hollywood and it seems like I’ve got the whole thing going, I’m just a normal girl and I have the same insecurities about getting out of bed when there’s a big pizza pepperoni on my face!


G: You talked about changes in climate, and also the makeup and lights—Are there special things you do to deal with the different environmental factors that can affect your skin too?
A: The most important thing, I’ve realized, is going to a doctor—as much as I didn’t want to do it! It really did help, because they know skin! They studied for however many years in college to learn everything they can about skin, and they can tell you “this is why this is happening,” and “this is going on because of this.” I always had combination skin, but then my skin started to get drier after moving out to LA. My doctor told me how to moisturize, that maybe I needed a heavier moisturizer at night and keep my light one during the day. The key to any problem is knowing it, so knowing your skin as well as you can—AKA having a doctor tell you about your skin—that’s the number one thing. And then, as far as how to treat it and what actually works with your skin type—that’s the continuation of steps.

G: What are your favorite products or brands to use for your skin?
A: I’ve been sticking with Dermalogica as far as cleansing products. They’re very on point, and they are really able to narrow down what exactly is going to work in each area. As far as cleansing, they went through all the different cleansers and said “Clearing Skin is the best for you because you deal with acne.” They have the toner, which has a little bit of hydration. Dermalogica has so many different types and they could really pinpoint each different step specifically to my skin, so I really love their products. And they don’t have added perfumes and smells—it’s really good to stay away from that, in my opinion. I have sensitive skin, but just in general, staying away from added colors and dyes and colognes is much better for your skin, the environment. They’re not necessary!


G: And since you’re on set so much, what do you do to deal with last minute breakouts?
A: If I do get a last minute breakout, I will do BenzaClin more than once at night—I can put it under my makeup. Obviously, on set, they’re just going to keep covering it and I’m going to have to fight it when I get home. I have to be careful to not put too much if I’m going to put makeup over it, because it won’t go with the consistency of the makeup—they airbrush my face at work (it feels so weird on your face!). But if I put a thin layer on, at the end of the night I’ll see it’s already started to come to a head—so then I can do a hot towel, which I do every night after I take my makeup off. My darling makeup artist on the show always has hot towels for us, and then Dermalogica also has medicated wipes to make sure you get everything off—that’s really important, making sure you get all the makeup off before starting to try to repair it with products like BenzaClin.

G: So when you’re not on set and you’re going through your normal makeup routine, do you use any medicated makeup products—like something that treats and covers at the same time?
A: There is one thing that I use—Dermalogica has a concealer that has medicine in it. But mostly what’s really helped is putting the BenzaClin on underneath and then use the concealer or whatever that matches your skin tone, and that’s worked out well for me.

G: You mentioned that when you’re on set they airbrush your face—and obviously that has to do with Naomi’s really perfect, flawless image—but at the same time, her makeup is always pretty natural. Does that match your approach to makeup or do you like to experiment with color, etc.?
A: I do like to experiment. That definitely matches my desire Naomi, because she’s seventeen. I really, really don’t like over-made up girls. When you’re young, you’re skin is so beautiful and so fresh, and the elasticity is amazing—if you could just be that youthful, beautiful self forever!

But unfortunately, that doesn’t last forever. So I really made a point—and I fought the network and the producers at times throughout the show—Naomi is beautiful, and yes, she loves her makeup, but the girls who are watching the show don’t need to see a girl portraying seventeen caked up in all this makeup.

My makeup artist now on the show, Robert Rapport, who came from Entourage, is darling—so OCD and I love him for it! He makes me beautiful and keeps me beautiful, it’s amazing. But he taught me all about maintaining a young look.
There are times when I’m feeling—my makeup goes with my feelings, as does my style, so sometimes I’m really feeling like, “let’s play around” and do something crazy on the red carpet because you can get away with it, but most of the time, you’ll see that I try to have a full face of makeup that doesn’t look like there’s much makeup on. I love just accentuating your natural features and bringing them out. I always love a little bronzer—I stay out of the sun, so I love to put a little cheated glow, so to speak. But mostly, it’s just the thinnest eyeliner ever, unless the eyeliner is like a cat and you want to make it about the line.

I really do stick to very minimal, cute, peachy colors. NARS has some cream blushes that are beautiful; you can do the bronzer on the forehead to accent. But lashes galore! I love mascara—can’t leave the house without it. Estee Lauder has my favorite vibrating mascara that’s so awesome. Tarte has a little double-ended tint and gloss, and I just use the tint—I’m all about the tint right now, because it just looks like your natural lip color. And that’s it, I’m good to go, I’m happy!


G: And it’s great that you took Naomi’s character into consideration. You don’t need makeup to be beautiful, so why cake it on?
A: Right! And the important thing, too, especially when you’re older and playing a younger character, is knowing that’s a character choice, to look the age of the character that you’ve been cast to play. And I don’t know, sometimes networks get involved with the hair—they don’t want my hair curly or they don’t want my hair in a ponytail or something, and I’m like, “Sixteen-year-old girls wear ponytails, sixteen-year-old girls have waves, and if they have curly hair, they probably keep it pretty curly.” I fight that little battle. I choose my battles, but I definitely fight it for sure.

G: So your hair is naturally curly?
A: It is naturally curly, and thankfully, this season they’ve actually relaxed a little and let me have my natural hair. It’s been really nice. The other girls’ call times are 6 AM and mine is 6:30 because my hair is two minutes, throw some Moroccan Oil in it, and I’m good to go. Right now we’re shooting episode 5, and they want Naomi’s hair straight, so it’s all blown out for this episode. But my hair stylist, Sharon Rivera, has my naturally curly hair, and she’s like, “Girl, no. We’re not straightening that hair every day. Every few episodes we’ll give it to them and make them happy, but then we’re going to keep it curly.” So I couldn’t be happier—my curly hair is that big, bubbly personality and I feel like more myself.

G: And it’s good that they let you have a little leeway.
A: I know! They didn’t last year—they put so much heat on my hair, I swear I didn’t think it was ever going to be healthy again. But I didn’t touch it during the hiatus and it’s back to being healthy again. And now, if they put heat on it, Sharon uses either a blow dryer or hot rollers, which are so much better for your hair than curling irons. Irons go upwards of 350 degrees, and you’re cooking your hair. Stay away from the irons! I mean, you wouldn’t put your hair on an ironing board would you?

G: So what kind of products do you use to keep your hair healthy?
A: I love Redken All Soft—it keeps my hair all soft! It’s something that makes my hair feel good when my hands go through it—it doesn’t feel too heavy. Shu Uemura is a wonderful product for girls want hair with texture or have hair with texture. They have wonderful sea salt sprays—any kind of salt water spray, I’ll recommend, but Shu Uemura is my brand. You just spray that in when you’re hair is already wet or you can spray it in to make it wet and just play with it—it dries, and you have that whole beach look, which is my typical look that I love. I spent a week and a half in Greece during the hiatus. My hair was amazing, and it was the salt water!

Doing a mask treatment once a week is really important. I just cake it on and let it sit there for 15 or 20 minutes and really soak into my hair. Focus on the ends for blond or curly hair, because it’ll be drier.

And that’s me—really simple. Curly hair, lots of oils, no hairspray!