October 31, 2017
For better or worse, Alicia Silverstone will forever be remembered as Cher Horowitz, the Beverly Hills queen bee of “Clueless,” the generation-defining teenage comedy of 1995. These days she is taking on darker, complex roles, like the desperate mother in “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” now in theaters, and a feisty single mother in “American Woman,” out in early 2018. In real life, she also plays mother, to her son, Bear. Raised in San Francisco, but now living in Los Angeles, Ms. Silverstone, 41, talks about why her vegan diet is the basis of her beauty regimen and shares the green products she loves.
In a perfect world, I’d wash my face first thing. I’m still searching for my favorite cleanser. What’s really important to me is feeling that cleanse, and I want it to smell delicious, too. I like an oil-based one from kindredskincareco.com. Another that I like is Goddess Garden Organics Erase the Day. And lately I started playing with the Clarisonic, which I am loving.
I have three toners, and I alternate between them. I love Tammy Fender Roman Chamomile, and I love Garden Apothecary Full Bloom Fog Toning Mist. Josh Rosebrook makes a Hydrating Accelerator that’s great, too. When I’m choosing products, they have to be completely natural, vegan and not use chemical ingredients. Then they also have to smell great and work great.
For actual moisturizer, I use oils. Garden Apothecary’s Higher Ground facial serum smells like coffee mixed with chocolate. This other oil I like is by Pai — the Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. I use the Josh Rosebrook Active Infusion Serum, too. He also makes a sunscreen with moisturizer that’s really good.
There are two masks that I love. One is, again, by Josh Rosebrook — it’s the Cacao Antioxidant mask — and the other is the Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Clay Detoxifying Charcoal Face Mask. They’re the kind that make you look like you’re ready for Halloween, but you feel like something is actually happening with them on.
I very, very rarely put makeup on if I’m not working. But if I’m going out to dinner, like I am tonight, I’ll put some on. Ecco Bella has a really good concealer for under the eyes. I don’t use allover foundation. I eat really clean, and you can see it in the skin, but sometimes you need a little concealer to cover dots here and there.
Josie Maran makes a nice powder. For blush, I use Gabriel or Tata Harper. Also, 100% Pure has a nice peach blush that I might use on top of a cream blush to seal it in. There’s a company called One Over One that has a nice blush situation, too.
For my eye shadows, I have only a few. They’re mostly by 100% Pure and W3ll People. Whole Foods has tons of this stuff — that’s the good news. I’ve tried quite a few natural mascaras, but at this particular moment, I’m into the Pacifica Stellar Gaze one. I learned about it from the makeup artist when I was shooting “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” There are two eyeliners I’m excited about. One is by W3ll People, and the other is by this cool company called Maison Jacynthe.
Getting my best hair is like playing Russian roulette. Basically, I wash my hair and sleep on it. Some days it works, and some days I have really freaky bad hair. For shampoo and conditioner, I’ve been using Giovanni for so many years. I love the 50/50 Balanced and the Root 66. They smell really good and work well, too.
Most perfumes are made with chemicals, and I rarely wear them. But I’m friends with Christian Siriano, and he gave me a bottle of his. It’s so delicious. Occasionally I wear that one. The other naughty one I sometimes spray on is Stella McCartney.
Also, when I was in living in New York for a play, I went to this place around the corner called Soapology. You can make your own little perfume oils. I did one with gardenia, mandarin and vanilla, and it was so good. That’s the one I usually use.
Sometimes I like to go to foot massage places — I like We Care spa — where you can just drop in. I find it hard to schedule a massage, but I was doing “Lip Sync Battle,” and I hurt my leg. I was doing serious moves, and my leg got so jammed up, so I got a massage. Trish Dean fixes everything, but is not fluffy. She get in there and takes things apart.
Diet and Fitness
My diet is the same as it’s been for a long time. I follow the Kind diet and wrote a book about it. It’s definitely plant based, but there’s so much more to it. It’s about not eating things out of a blender. It’s about eating foods that nourish you. It’s made a huge difference in my life.
I’m always trying to create a fitness regimen. The exercise part is so important for strength and feeling aligned. I’ve noticed that I don’t get massages as much after I started exercising properly. I realized I didn’t have any butt muscles. That’s why my knees were hurting.
So I go to Pilates — it’s like physical therapy. I found a really good place called Winsor Choza Pilates on Beverly Boulevard. I take the classes there.
I also like going to boot camp. I’m a big fan of classes — they get me motivated. I’m that person who can find every way of talking myself out of exercising.