From bargain lip balm to the moisturizer that saved her skin on set, here are 15 beauty buys that Barbie star Margot Robbie wouldn't be without
Unless you have been living under a rock, with your fingers in your ears and without wi-fi, you may just have noticed that Barbie mania has hit town. The much-anticipated movie, starring Margot Robbie as the fantastically plastic doll and Ryan Gosling as her aggressively tanned partner, Ken, has finally arrived. It’s directed by Greta Gerwig, who did a fantastic job modernising Little Women in 2019, so expect an update that’s similarly smart, thoughtful and surprising (yes, really).
Margot, meanwhile, has been tearing up red carpets across the globe for a clutch of premieres, looking ultra pretty in pink at every turn. So we decided to have a root around in the 33-year-old Aussie’s beauty bag (not literally, we’re not stalkers) to pin down her favourite makeup, skincare and hair products. We can’t promise this little lot will make you look just like Barbie but you can have fun trying.
Margot Robbie at the L.A. premiere of Barbie, with Chanel Miroir Double Facettes in Ballerina, £40, and Chanel Rouge Allure L'Extrait High-Intensity Lip Colour in 854, £46 over the Chanel No 1 de Chanel Lip & Cheek Balm in Red Camellia, £38
The glorious glow-giver: Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream in 392, Medium Bronze, £46
Chanel MUA Pati Dubroff did Margot’s face for the London premiere of the movie. “The Barbie glow is something we have been leaning into,” she says. “For London, this translated as bronzed, sculpted skin with slight touches of pink pearl highlights, a fluttery lash and a soft pink lip.” Dubroff sculpted the actor’s cheekbones to perfection with this bronzing cream.
The iconic pink pout: Chanel Rouge Coco Baume in 928, Pink Delight, £34
Barbie isn’t Barbie without pink lips right? MUA Pati Dubroff topped off Margot’s London premiere look with this soft balm, “my favourite wash of pink lip,” plus a touch of Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres in 156, Beige (£24) to add definition.
The dewy blush: Nudestix Cream Blush in Sunkissed, £30
At the Vogue x Barbie party in Sydney, Margot glimmered in a pink metallic Versace mini-dress, with matching lustrous cheeks. Pati Dubroff (she’s had a busy few weeks) used this creamy blush stick from the cult Korean brand Nudestix. It’s one of those handy multi-taskers that works just as well on eyes and lips.
The on-set skin saver: Oskia Rest Day Comfort Cream, £60
MUA Carmel Jackson did the makeup for Margot and other Barbie actors while they were shooting the movie and found this restorative moisturizer from cult UK skincare brand Oskia was a lifesaver. “A long day under studio lights and constant re-application requires a huge amount of extra skin hydration,” says Jackson.
The blonde maintainers: Schwarzkopf Professional BlondMe All Blondes Rich Shampoo, £14.15 and Schwarzkopf Professional BlondMe All Blondes Rich Conditioner, £19.99
Margot’s colourist Jason Schwartz has been keeping Barbie’s trademark blonde looking its best on the promotion trail with this Schwarzkopf range. Both products have bond building capabilities, while the conditioner instantly detangles and smooths.
The at-home skin gadget: Ziip Halo, £349
Margot’s Hollywood skin whizz, Melanie Simon (she also has Jennifer Aniston and Eva Mendes on the books) created this hand-held facial toning device. It uses nanocurrents and microcurrents to brighten, lift and glow.
The pre-event skin booster: 111 Skin Celestial Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Mask, £95 for five
Margot isn’t the only celebrity fan of this luxe sheet mask; Victoria Beckham, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kim Kardashian are all advocates. “111 Skin masks are amazing. When I’m having my hair done before a big event I’ll slip one one to prep my skin for makeup," says Margot.
The brilliant brightener: Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads, £27.65 for 60 pads
Slightly more affordable, these bellini-scented pads contain salicylic acid and glycolic acid to help clear skin of blackheads and refine pores, banishing dead skin cells and managing oil along the way. “I came across these by chance and now I’m never without them,” says Margot.
The luxury eye cream: La Prairie Pure Gold Cellular Radiance Eye Cream, £540
OK, OK, you need Margot's £9.7m Barbie pay cheque to afford this but we can but dream. This diffuses light in the undereye area to make it appear more luminous and is designed to recreate the glow our skin has at golden hour. For a less eye-wateringly expensive cream that does a similar job, give Murad's Vita-C Dark Circles Corrector , £56, a go.
The refreshing face mist: Caudalie Beauty Elixir, £34
As an Aussie, Margot is accustomed to extreme heat. To keep her cool, she uses this spritz: "I keep this hydrating spray in my bag at all times; I mist it on like crazy. It has an amazing herbal scent that wakes me up." Containing grape extract, rose extract and organic mint balm, it helps minimise the appearance of pores and hydrates at the same time.
The gets-everything off cleanser: Lancer The Method Cleanse Normal-Combination, £81.50
Margot told Vogue that her biggest skincare rule is taking her makeup off every night and this lightly foaming cleanser is her weapon of choice. "I use Dr Lancer's cleanser. I'm anal-retentive about having really clean skin. Especially with my job, where they just layer makeup on and on and on," she says.
The gentle dry shampoo: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, £11.50
When she’s doing her own hair, Margot reaches for this dry shampoo. The oat milk softens and protects, absorbing oil and eking extra days out of your blow dry. If we had the world’s best stylists doing our hair, we’d try and make our 'do last longer too.
The lip nourisher: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, £6.49
Away from the film studio or red carpet, Margot's look is low maintenance. “For a little lip colour I’ll just use the tinted lip balms by Burt’s Bees,” she told British Vogue.
The long-lasting foundation: Suqqu The Cream Foundation, £68
The luxe Japanese brand Suqqu makes Margot's foundation of choice. “It has really good coverage. I wear that and go out and can party all night, and I come home and I’m like, Oh! I still have a face on. I didn’t sweat it all off," she says.