Updated: Dec 26, 2020
The new Netflix French-fest series Emily in Paris has everyone talking. It is the perfect combo of a talented beauty in the city of love, wearing colorful fun-filled outfits. It's fun, sassy, empowering, relatable, and the perfect show to binge-watch over and over again. The series was created by Darren Star, the mastermind behind Sex and the City.
The series has captured our hearts mainly because of the amazing Lily Collins who plays Emily so well! With her exciting projects in 2020, Lily Collins is clearly taking Hollywood by storm, and Emily in Paris undoubtedly plays a big role.
Lily's “Je ne sais quoi” style, and her fashion choices make her personality shine even more. Her ‘50s Audrey Hepburn features and her thick, defined brows are also what make her a red-carpet standout.
How Lily Collins Got the World’s Attention
Also known as the daughter of the English rock legend Phil Collins, Lily Collins has been successful in making a name of her own. She has been an ambitious and hardworking girl since she was young. She worked as a journalist in her teen years and wrote for the British magazine Elle Girl, Teen Vogue, and the Los Angeles Times magazines.
She may have been born with a silver spoon, but she went through struggles other girls can relate to. She was a fish out of water when she moved to Los Angeles with her mother. She also had difficulties making friends and experienced eating disorders. She wrote about her struggles in her memoir Unfiltered, which was published in 2017 when she was only 27.
Despite all, Lily has always been a headstrong girl working towards her passion. She gave us many versatile roles, including starring alongside Zac Efron in the Netflix biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile about the life of Ted Bundy, and his relationship with his girlfriend Liz Kendall, played by Lily.
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There were rumors about their possible romantic relationship due to their strong chemistry, but we got our answer when Lily showed off her incredible rose-cut diamond engagement ring, given by her fiancé Charlie McDowell. Nevertheless, Lily and Zac Efron have been good friends, and continue to remain so.
With her latest projects, such as playing Edith Bratt, J.R.R. Tolkien's wife in 2019’s Tolkien, Lily really is turning into a Hollywood heavy hitter. But with her most recent project, Emily in Paris has us all wondering how on earth her skin glows and looks fresh ALL THE TIME, and how she pulls off that French girl 'no makeup' makeup look.
Lily Collins' Beauty Secrets French Make-Up Look
Known for her daring and adventurous looks, Lily is never afraid to experiment with different hairstyles, colors, and bold lipsticks. Filming a beauty tutorial for Vogue, Lily took us through her skincare and makeup routine of 'no makeup', makeup French girl look. She gave a few tips and tricks to get that glow that Emily dons in the series. Turns out it wasn't only the Paris aura but her makeup hacks that have us all admiring her beauty.
Lily, like most of us, swears by the three main steps in her beauty routine. She preps her skin; applies the right makeup, and finally does her hair.
She starts with a throat spray, then preps her skin by using skincare products like applying essential oil and cleans up and tones it. She then applies a serum that she applies with a luxurious emerald green jade roller, a face mist, a lip scrub, and a lip balm to get her face fresh and glowy.
She applies sunscreen before starting her makeup. Lily stresses the importance of using sunscreen and tells us that she wears it every single day. She also uses sunscreen as a primer as well. Interesting!
To get that "’je ne sais quoi’, kind of no-makeup, makeup look" she likes to use lightweight makeup, and for that, she uses Lancôme's cult-favorite tinted moisturizer, which she blends with the Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate serum - the same serum she used to hydrate her skin for that healthy, radiant glow.
Lily says she has always loved fresh, clear skin. And that she has always been someone who is about less is more," “The less you have on your face, the less there is to go wrong throughout the day." She says.
Once the foundation is applied, and her skin is glowing, she applies loose powder and a bit of blush under her cheek lightly. Next comes one of the most attractive features of Lily, her thick Audrey Hepburn like brows.
She enhances the shape of her brows by swiping on a monochromatic highlighter in her brow bone area, and then brushes them out with a spoolie. "Brows say so much about your personalities. Fun to embrace and enhance your face, she says," and we agree!
No, she doesn't load her brows with makeup, the girl is blessed, ladies!
Next comes the eyeliner. To get that French Girl Flick, she uses Grandiose Liner and makes that tiny perfect flick. To make her eyes pop, she uses Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara on her lashes and separates any clumps with a spoolie. This girl has many hacks in her pocket, and we are writing them all down.
And lastly, she uses a peach-colored lipstick that she tops off with a nude gloss. She then applies deodorant, and lets down her unwashed hair, with the help of some dry shampoo. She applies her hand cream and finally, to capture the Parisian ‘je ne sais quoi’ vibe, she gives her look the fragrance "la vie est belle" by Lancôme, which she sprays onto her neck, wrists, and into the air above her.
And Voila, with this look she looks like she's ready to walk around Champs Elysée!
Lily Collins' Fashion Sense
In the series, Emily in Paris Lily Collins is, as the French say, ‘iconique’. She wears fashion-forward outfits designed by Patricia Field – famous for her creations in Sex and the City. Lily described Emily as incredibly chic and down to earth. She also said that Emily is a fan of Sex and the City which explains her bold, bright, and fearless fashion sense.
I mean not many people could pull off that “pink on pink on pink” outfit that she wore so well!
Lily is also incredibly stylish in real life, and pulls off everything astonishingly well. From her cozy home selfies on Instagram to her unforgettable Met Gala looks. She uses a mix of styles, prints, and textures that allows her to be bold and adventurous.
She even looks incredibly chic for her at-home interviews during lockdown (2020), she was incredibly chic, even the way she covered her EarPods with her hair.
Yes Lily, we saw it, and we loved how you pulled that off!
Lily Collins' Diet and Exercise
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Lily Collins not only gives major beauty inspiration. She's also an advocate for self-love. Those of you who have read her book, know that she suffered from an eating disorder as a teenager which she overcame, and has finally learned to love the skin she's in.
A few weeks after publishing her book Unfiltered, she got the offer to work in the movie To the Bone opposite Keanu Reeves, for the role of an anorexic. She saw it as the right way to bring eating disorders to light in the public eye. The actress has since then blown the whole industry with her versatility, especially with Emily in Paris being the cherry on top.
Lily calls herself a clean eater. She loves chicken, fish, and vegetables, and grains like quinoa, but doesn't eat red meat. She stays away from processed foods. She adores baking, and treats herself with things she loves. She said in an interview, "I want to give my body what it needs to be the best version of myself”.
Remember, Emily's morning runs around the river Seine in Paris? Well, Lily is no different. While the actress hated running in high school, she now likes to run by herself, and listen to some music. How “Emily” of her.
According to Lily, she tries to be active every day. She works with trainers. “The point is to feel toned and good in your skin”, she told a publication.
She grabs tea on her way to the gym at the Coffee Bean nearby. "The first person I speak to every day is probably the barista there. It's nice to have a morning conversation at your local spot" she said.
Who knew Lily is immensely down to earth and just a girl next door, the girl next door with glowy skin and beautiful brows!
Lily Collins’ Social Media Life
Zac Efron stated that on social media, Lily “always manages to look cool”. According to Lily, social media is good when used in balance. It is a useful tool to connect with people around the world, and one should know how to keep the balance. She has around 21.5 million followers on Instagram with whom she keeps sharing her cute, cozy and glamorous photos.
We are watching her every move, and she is fantastic in it all!
Lily Collins is now right at the top of her game and continues to dazzle us with her beauty and her acting skills. We can’t wait for the next season of Emily in Paris, and until then, we will keep re-watching the first season and enjoy her talent, beauty and her fashion, all over again!