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Lucy Boynton on unleashing her inner beauty freak, ditching uncomfortable underwear and beating Instagram’s algorithm

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There’s a lot to Lucy Boynton. The 27-year-old actress from south-east London has chosen smart roles for herself, from Freddie Mercury’s stoic partner Mary Austin in Bohemian Rhapsody, to the enigmatic Countess Helena Andrenyi in Kenneth Branagh Murder on the Orient Express and the dreaded cutthroat Astrid Sloan in The Politician on Netflix. Now she plays the infamous Marie-Antoinette in Knight , a biopic following Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an accomplished black composer, virtuoso and violinist who fell out of favor at the French court in the late 1700s.

She returns home through the streets of Prague after a day of filming as we chat on the phone. “I apologize for the background noise. It’s ridiculously idyllic, there is violin music, ”she told me as she passed a street musician.

Charming, intelligent and expressive, it is not only Lucy’s work that stands out. Her quirky and experimental beauty looks cemented her as one of our favorite beauty muses on the red carpet – which may have helped her land her role as the face of Chloe’s signature scent.

We talked to the movie star about preparation rituals, beauty expressionism, and ways to relax.

There is something very liberating about going against the norm …

One of my favorite makeup looks to wear was one that [Lucy’s makeup artist] Jo Baker proposed for the premiere of The Politician. It was kind of a spider leg eyeliner on the lower eyelid – I really love this one. I was fascinated to watch Jo’s process to get there and go against the femininity of the dress to make me feel more like myself at that point – which was apparently in a creepy direction. I also love the look from the Santa Barbara film festival which was the pink blush around the eyes and the red lip. It was the most daring we have done. Jo has been so amazing in releasing this opportunity to be more daring on the mat and in these environments. There’s something very liberating about going against the norm, I think.

Applying makeup for fun, rather than validation, was a game-changer for me …

The idea of ​​stepping on a red carpet and showing up to be scrutinized is such a strange and unnatural thing. Earlier in life you may be able to shy away from this mentality of “what will other people enjoy?” »,« What can I do to reshape myself? The happier you will be in the long run. This is something that I am still learning. We all grew up with huge media influence and a very short-sighted version of beauty. I think we are slowly moving away from that. I am so grateful to have met Jo Baker, Hallie Briscoe, Jenny Cho and David von Cannon [Lucy’s glam squad] at the time I did it. Right off the bat it was like, “Well, how do you want to feel?” and what do you like? ‘ I have so much love and respect for them. I met them at a critical time in my life. They have helped me grow more comfortably within myself, which is what I always strive for.

Music helps create the mood I want to enter before going out …

As for the preparation rituals, I always listen to the radio application, Radiooooo with five o’s. You can click on the era and a destination and listen to music from that era. My favorite is London in the 60s which has songs like the Beatles or something more specialized. It relieves the pressure of being a DJ and helps create the environment I want to step into for that night. If this is a professional event like a red carpet, I have to be wary of being in the thick of the action, which is pretty intense. The music lends itself to enter into this energy and to compress the nerves a little.

I enjoy the peace and quiet and an episode of Schitt Creek

When you are on set, you are surrounded by so many people all the time, all day, every day. It’s one of the best things – that collaborative, creative environment and hustle and bustle, especially after a year alone on the couch – but when I relax I really appreciate the peace and quiet. I really like baths, a lot of reading, and snuggling in a bed with Netflix or something. The comfortable and very simple version of life. I tend to come back to Schitt’s Creek a lot, I think because I find it very heartwarming, but also because it’s such brilliant writing. And I watched Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu, which is fantastic. Something like this where you have to wait every week is painful but worth it.

Wearing uncomfortable underwear is the most ridiculous thing I’ve done in the name of beauty …

That stupid fucking underwear that promises to suck everything up is just plain cruel. Some shapewear are great. It makes a very beautiful figure and makes you feel very confident and strong. Then there are others that seem to be made by the devil. They’re hellish. You cannot have fun if you are in pain.

The scent of Chloe makes me feel more reassured …

I love that Chloé Naturelle Eau de Parfum (starts at £ 55 for 30ml) is clean, organic, natural and vegan. I think it sends such a strong message and it’s an indication that something so beautiful and of such quality doesn’t have to be an environmental compromise. I really respect Chloe for making that statement. It’s such a beautiful scent, it’s really delicate and light, but still very elegant. It always makes me feel a lot more unifying, so that was my choice during lockdown as well. This is the final touch. I use a dab behind the ear to catch your hair and create a sort of aura.

I’m lucky I still have some hair on my head …

My hair is probably my biggest beauty indulgence. Just the blond interview. I had to change my hair color a lot for work – I changed it three times in the past two months. Mark Selley at Nicky Clarke is my favorite hair guru and he’s pretty much the only reason I have hair left on my head. Good skin care is also a necessity. As I get older I learn how much of a necessity it is.

I try to be more ethical with the beauty products I buy …

I tried the skin care from Yellow Rose which is an all natural product. After shooting for eight months, I’m trying to correct some pretty unhappy skin after all that warm lights and heavy makeup all day, every day. The yellow rose is awesome too. Super soft and super clean. I try to be more ethical and lean for more conscientious and clean brands.

I am inspired by women like Michaela Coel who lead the way …

[In GLAMOUR’s interview with Sadie Sink, she referenced Lucy as her makeup inspiration]. Dude, I love Sadie. I’m so inspired by girls like her and so relieved that the next generation has influences like her. And then artists like Brett Marling and Michaela Coel, who felt disappointed with what they were reading, so decided to create material for themselves.

You need to take care of yourself and actively eliminate what you are exposed to on social media …

Obviously, social media is responsible for a lot of things that are harmful and negative. You are constantly presented with this supposedly ideal version of beauty that doesn’t leave much room for interpretation. But then it’s also responsible for a lot of good. Lately I’ve been a lot more selective about who I am and what I’m exposed to. Accounts like @thegreatwomenartists have exposed me to a lot more artists that I can then delve into in the real world. Thanks to the spooky algorithm, I see a lot more art than I subscribe to now. Because of this – and so many artists who have created a more liberating idea of ​​beauty – my relationship with beauty is now much more positive. You just have to make sure that you are taking care of yourself and that you are not only fed on prescribed ideas, but that you are really actively trying to reduce what you are exposed to.

To learn more about GLAMOR Associate Beauty Editor Elle Turner, follow her on Instagram @elleturneruk



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