Drew Barrymore’s advice to her daughters: At some point, lip liner will be a necessity

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The last time I covered a Drew Barrymore interview, I basically had to spend five minutes screaming into a pillow because she frustrates and infuriates me so much. Imagine living in 2019, and being Drew’s age – 44 – and saying sh-t like “there are a lot of women’s movements now that I’m apprehensive about, because I don’t want to be viscerally angry at men.” FFGUAKHF. Anyway, that’s just a reminder that Drew’s interviews can go off the rails sometimes. She has a new interview with NewBeauty’s Spring issue, where she talks about ageing and makeup (she has a makeup line) and more. They didn’t ask her about feminism, thank God. Some highlights:

Ageing is a luxury: “I’m now determined more than ever to show my daughters that aging is a luxury. If we’re lucky, we are all going to age. I just want them to be at peace with who they are and not what they look like. If they are good, cool people, that’s all I care about.”

She will teach them about lip-liner: “At some point in your life, you will need [it]. That’s what I’ll tell my girls. You won’t think you’ll ever need it, and then one day you’ll see that lip liner isn’t just for fun. It’s a necessity.”

A difficult couple of years: “I do feel like I’m on an upswing. I just went through a couple of hard years, and I can see it wearing on my face. It’s not about aging, it’s about how I am on the inside. There’s also a very long period when you’re raising kids when it takes it out of you. When it depletes your ability to take care of yourself because your new job is doing nothing but taking care of someone else and you love it. I’m not all about working from the inside out—I’m not big on meditation—but I do think your outside cannot hide your inside.

She goes in for laser work: “I love the Clear + Brilliant laser. I do it once a year to slough away my sunspots. I also try to get a facial once a year, but I just don’t have the time to go more frequently.”

When she feels her best: “Just behaving. Being as nice as I can. Not being a total A-hole. Just being in a good mood at work, not losing my cool when my kids lose their cool. Not sweating the small stuff. I’ve realized that even when the little things aggravate you and seem really big and monumental, or even very public within your own circle and you just wish you could hide your problems, you just can’t lose your cool. Be nice through all of it. That’s always when I feel the best, no matter what. Go put it out in some private corner and then show up and just be good to everyone.

[From People]

I would love to try some laser work on my face, quite honestly. Part of my aversion to seeing plastic surgery is that I just hate the idea of elective surgery in general, because I don’t want to go “under the knife” for any reason. But lasers interest me. And quite honestly, I DO think Drew looks great – she’s always had an apple-cheeked babyface, so that helps too, but her skin looks great for a 44-year-old and you can tell that she takes care of herself. I guess I don’t get the lip liner thing – I feel so judged, because really… who feels that strongly about lip liner besides Kylie Jenner? Then again, I just smear on some tinted lip balm most of the time and call it a day.

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  1. lucy2 says:

    I’m a little younger than her, and have never used lip liner. Shrug?

    I do like what she said about showing up and being nice to people, I assume she’s talking about a professional setting. Considering all the stories of actors throwing fits and holding up production, I like her motto.

    • jwoolman says:

      I don’t even know what lip liner is, and I’m old as dirt. Sorry, Drew, lip liner is not a necessity of life. It’s not nice to lie to your children.

  2. Elisabeth says:

    I would think she would tell them to avoid cocaine and alcohol but I guess she’s a walking warning for that

  3. Jessica says:

    Weirdly, I can relate to the lip liner. I went through a period post child-birthing (3 kiddos) where my lips lost their color. Seriously. I have full lips and they lost a lot of pigmentation.

    Over the past year I have really focused on skincare, including adding collagen to my diet and eating low-carb (lots of healthy fats and moderate protein). The color in my lips has come back! It’s not where it once was, but you can actually see them now.

    Lip liner saved me for a spell. I’m wondering if that is what Drew is referring to.

  4. Simon the Bird says:

    She’s talking about lipstick bleeding at the edges as skin around the mouth gets less firm.
    It’s a common issue for lots of women.

    • Ali says:

      @ Simon I had no idea that was the purpose of lip liner. Thank you.

    • Moneypenny says:

      Thank you for explaining that! I turn 40 in 2 weeks and have never used lip liner. Now I see–when I get fine lines around my mouth, I will.

  5. Lightpurple says:

    Lip liner makes me look absolutely ridiculous.

  6. me says:

    Ahh boys seems so lucky. I bet they never (or rarely) get advice about their “looks” from their parents. Why would lip liner or even lipstick be something they will NEED? What if her daughters choose not to wear make-up at all? Let them decide that.

  7. jules says:

    Makeup is not necessary for any woman, and instilling this crappy belief into a young girl is old-fashioned and kinda disgusting.

    • JByrdKU says:

      Agreed. I understand many women are indoctrinated with the idea that’s it necessary from birth (we can’t really get away from ads), but it was never something I latched on to. My mom never cared for it, and I never thought it was fair that men could roll out of the house and not be told THEY needed to apply something.

      If you love it, great. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, but the idea that women should ‘need’ it is ridiculous. Your face is your face, so why spend more than 10 minutes trying to change with it paint?

  8. Lindy says:

    Honest question for the more makeup-savvy CBers:

    I feel like I’ve never ever learned how to really apply makeup in a fitting and flattering way. How does one learn? Can you hire a makeup artist to give lessons? I kind of feel like I want to learn at this point in my life.

    • Originaltessa says:

      YouTube. If you’re over 30, I’d recommend Lisa Eldridge.

    • ClaireB says:

      Definitely YouTube. I love Hot & Flashy because she’s smart and older (55) and talks more about aging skin and reasonable makeup than the younger girls. Although, I still need someone to explain to me what putting on 5 different eyeshadow shades and then blending them together is all about. It just turns into a muddy smear for me!

      • Wilady says:

        I love hot and flashy! I’m “only” 35 but she gave such a more realistic approach to makeup than the 23 year olds doing tutorials that id follow and end up looking cakey and awful because I just don’t have 23 year old skin anymore. She also introduced me to retinol and vitamins. I thank her.

  9. Lindy says:

    Thank you ladies!! Going to start with your suggestions. I appreciate it:-)