You may not have noticed—especially under heavy looks like this—but Olivia Culpo has a seriously gorgeous complexion. And as you'll soon see, she really works at it!
The 27-year-old former Miss Universe turned actress and "influencer" is a self-proclaimed beauty junkie who has struggled with both cystic acne and dryness, due to frequent flying. But even looking at her skin close-up, you'd never know it.
"In my early 20s, I began experiencing breakouts from stress, poor diet, travelling, and not getting enough sleep," she told Byrdie. "Stress affects every area of life including sleep, hormones and diet. Travel can be really taxing on the body overall, and, for me, I found it was really drying out my skin. I began to develop cystic acne. After making a few lifestyle changes and switching up my skincare routine, my skin has been crystal clear."
Surprisingly, Olivia is not one of those celebs who rely on a carefully-edited routine from one brand. Instead, she mixes and matches high-end products with natural remedies and tons of beauty gadgets.
Here's what's involved in her routine:
Olivia’s Morning Skincare Routine
"I don't do too much in the morning. I actually don't even wash my face, just rinse it with water."
2. Eye Creams:
Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm: "The first thing I do when I get up is use Kate Somerville's under-eye de-puff stick. This is really great for under the eyes. So I would recommend this for anyone who wakes up feeling puffy or having dark circles. This works really well."
Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye Cream: "After that I will use my eye cream. My favourite eye cream is by Dr. Barbara Sturm. The reason why I love this is because it's a really, really great texture. It feels almost super whipped, like a whipped yogurt or something. So it's really absorbent and it goes into the skin really nicely."
La Mer The Lifting Eye Serum: "Another eye cream that I like is by La Mer. This is another great one. It's more of a serum."
Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum: "I've also been using Dr. Sturm serum."
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence: "[A] great product for evening out skin tone that I also use sometimes after a serum or with a serum is the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. I put it all over the face. This helps with evening out skin tone, pigmentation, dark spots you have, freckles from the sun."
Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster: "If I'm feeling a bit dull in the morning, I'll add a couple of drops of Clarins Glow Booster to my moisturizer."
Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Moisturizer SPF 50+: "For daytime, I use the Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Moisturizer."
Kiehl's Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream SPF 50: "I love Kiehl's tinted moisturizer. It's very hydrating and sheer, which I like for minimal coverage. I really try to be diligent about keeping my face out of the sun, or at least try to be diligent about wearing SPF. Even after one day in the sun, I'll notice more freckles on my skin."
6. Face Mists:
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist: "This is heaven in a bottle. Tatcha, if you're listening, please make a bigger bottle because I always run out of this."
La Mer The Mist: "I'll use La Mer's beauty hydrating spray. That's pretty much it."
Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray: "I like to carry around a hydrating spray, like Evian. It doesn't have to be expensive, but it will keep skin hydrated. Your makeup can get really baked on when it's hot out, so you can get more of a dewy look if you incorporate a hydrating spray."
7. Lip Balm:
Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy: "Another thing that I love....This is such a good lip moisturizer. It's the best."
Olivia’s Nighttime Skincare Routine
1. Makeup Removers:
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes: "To take off my eye makeup or makeup in general, I like to use Neutrogena wipes, which are at any drugstore. They are so easy for travelling."
Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths: "Then I also use sometimes these Koh Gen Do Spa Water wipes. Those two together are really, really great."
Charlotte Tilbury Take It All Off Genius Eye Make-Up Remover: "For eye makeup, I use the Charlotte Tilbury Take It All Off with a cotton swab. This works very nicely."
Dr. Barbara Sturm Cleanser: "For everyday cleansing, I use the Dr. Barbara Sturm Cleanser. I like this because it's really, really foamy and very gentle on the skin. So this really helps take off all the makeup you have on your skin."
Dr. Barbara Sturm Enzyme Cleanser: "Three or four times a week I will do something that's a little bit more of an exfoliation... [such as] the Enzyme Cleanser."
Murad Essential-C Cleanser: "At night—every single night—I use my Clarisonic and a cleanser, like the Murad Essential-C cleanser, to take off my makeup."
Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash: "I start with a Clarisonic and then I use Kate Somerville gentle face wash."
3. Cleansing Brush:
Clarisonic: "Or I'll use my Clarisonic with any cleanser because it gets that deep clean. Nothing cleans my skin as well as it does. Even if I go a day without using it, I see a difference in my skin. It removes makeup so well and so much better than your hands alone. I don't have to worry about getting a blemish or the makeup clogging my pores."
Dr. Barbara Sturm Facial Scrub: "[When I do] more of an exfoliation... I'll use either the Facial Scrub or the Enzyme Cleanser."
Lancer The Method: Polish: "I love using Dr. Lancer's polish scrub."
Witch hazel: "When I do start to notice a blemish forming, I immediately clean the area. I'll use my daily face wash, but also use witch hazel after to really make sure I remove all dirt and oil."
6. Spot Treatments:
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: "I'll use [it] after witch hazel. I even sleep with this on a breakout to dry it out."
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Tea tree oil: "It helps lighten the red marks, produce new cells in the skin, and get rid of any sort of redness from any sort of breakouts I might have."
Joanna Vargas Super Nova Serum: "I love Joanna Vargas Super Nova Serum. It's so hydrating."
La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Serum: "This is a big splurge, though. It's so expensive. It's like $500. But...it's one of the only products that I've ever used where I really saw a difference immediately with dark spots and any sort of pigmentation. It really helps even out the skin."
8. Face Oils:
La Mer The Renewal Oil: "I also use sometimes the La Mer renewing oil. This is a little heavier, so I'll use this at night instead of during the day."
Mimi Luzon 24K Pure Gold Glow Brilliant Super Oil: "I also love the Mimi Luzon Pure Gold Oil. This is another really, really great oil."
Coconut oil: "Coconut oil is really my biggest beauty secret. Sometimes, I'll use coconut oil on my face on top of my moisturizer if I'm extra dry. Also you can use coconut oil to take off your eye makeup."
9. Face Rollers:
Nurse Jamie NuVibe RX Amethyst Massaging Beauty Tool: "For the oils... only at night, when I have time, I use this Nurse Jamie vibrating little wand and it really helps get the product into the skin."
Jade roller: "[It's] also great for stimulating collagen, helping work the muscles of the face, getting the product into the skin. Another trick is... you can put it in the freezer or the refrigerator to make it really cold so it helps with inflammation and de-puffing the skin."
Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller: "It helps to stimulate the collagen, and it's incredible. It is one of my favourite tools."
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Magic Cream: "For nighttime, I like to use Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream."
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream: "I use Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream after I spot-treat."
Aquaphor Healing Ointment: "If I'm really, really dry or travelling, I'll use Aquaphor on top of my night cream."
11. Eye Creams:
La Mer The Eye Balm Intense: "Then I will put on La Mer eye cream. I think it's really important to invest in areas where skin is delicate."
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue: "For under-eye, I'll either use Charlotte Tilbury or Dr. Sturm, but either one of those products for me is really good."
Olivia’s Skin Treatments
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel: "I like to use these Alpha Beta peels when I'm travelling. When I get off a plane and I feel kind of disgusting and like, super oily or like my skin could use a layer stripped, these are really great. You'll instantly see a result in the texture of your skin, you'll be glowing, all the things. It's amazing."
Dermovia Lace Your Face Rejuvenating Collagen Shapewear Facial Mask: "My favourite masks at the moment are Dermovia lace masks. They attach behind the ear which is phenomenal because you can basically talk on the phone, you can bend over and the mask doesn't fall off.... It's also lace, so it's really pretty."
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask: "The Jet Lag Mask you can wear at night to bed. I've done that before when I get off of a plane. You can also use this instead of your moisturizer."
Summer Fridays Overtime Mask: "The Overtime Mask is so great for exfoliation. It has these little beads in it so when you take it off you're actually exfoliating the skin and you will be so happy when you're done because your face is absolutely glowing."
GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment: "Another one of my favourite masks is by GlamGlow. This is an amazing exfoliator, but you don't want to use it every day because you don't want to over-exfoliate and dry out the skin."
Hanacure The All-in-One Facial: "Hanacure masks are super uplifting and pore-tightening. It's literally the best and most uplifting mask I've ever tried."
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask: "I layer on masks and sometimes I'll even sleep in one! SK-II makes the best sheet mask. I definitely use masks more frequently when I'm travelling."
"I love making a face mask out of avocado and honey. The vitamin E in the avocado is really, really hydrating and the honey is antibacterial. I notice that in the winter my skin is way more sensitive and I get red more easily, and this helps with that, too."
LED mask: "Another trick is... light therapy. Red light helps with stimulating collagen and this is something that I'll use just for a natural glow. It's for 20 minutes; you look absolutely insane. If you want to scare your boyfriend, it will work. And then he'll see how beautiful you look and he'll want to use it."
Nurse Jamie Beauty Stamp: "It stimulates collagen and minimizes pore size."
Kate Somerville: "Facials can get pretty pricey and lately, I've been loving Kate Somerville."
Nurse Jamie: "Facials at Nurse Jamie LA are on another level."
Olivia’s Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle
"To help with my breakouts, I started by changing my diet. I tried to incorporate more greens and cut out dairy. This made such a difference. To be honest, I have a major sweet tooth and I love ice cream. Ice cream has both sugar and dairy, which can be really hard for your body to digest. Once I cut this out of my diet for a while and added more greens, my skin began to clear up."
"I also try to be cautious about monitoring my salt and alcohol intake when I have a big event coming up. That stuff just comes right out and shows up on your skin."
"I drink about a gallon of water every day. It seems really basic, but it makes such a big difference."
Olly Flawless Complexion: "I take them every day, and that plus my regular routine has made my skin look better than it has in months. I think it's because [the gummies] are packed with purifying antioxidants."
"I recently started to go to a personal trainer and that's really been a game-changer for me—I've seen a real difference in my body. That's just a couple of times a week though, so on the other days I'll go to SoulCycle, FlyBarre or Pilates, or I'll just run on the treadmill or go on a hike."
"Yoga has really been a lifesaver! It has really helped with relaxation, sleep and balance between work and social life."
"I started meditating when I was 18 years old. My mom actually introduced it to me, and my older sister is a yoga instructor. I do fall in and out of it—it's really hard to do it every single day like you're supposed to—but I find that when I do take 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes before bed, it makes a huge difference in my day-to-day life."
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