Is there anything Hailee Steinfeld can’t do? The 23-year-old actress (Oscar-nominated, mind you) and singer (she recently released her EP Half-Written Story) has won millions over with her wide range of talents. After one phone call with her, however, I found myself even more impressed by how passionate she is speaking about building up self-confidence.
“I learn the importance of self-love more and more as each day goes by. The power that comes with it can change your life, but it takes time—at least, it did for me,” Hailee says. “Society’s standards constantly change and are confusing. We see this feed of altered images and think, Oh, this is what people like. If this is what people are attracted to, is that what you have to be?”
She confronted insecurity at a young age, while doing photo shoots. “I would see the photos and the beauty marks on my face would get taken out of the image. I would see myself without them and think. Oh god, they’re not beautiful. They’re ugly,” she recalled. “Now, I’ve learned to love these marks even if someone else classifies them as imperfections or not beautiful.”
As for how she reminds herself to stay positive she shared, “I tell myself that I am happy, to stand tall, and to smile. This makes me feel like I’m bringing out my best. You constantly have to remind yourself of how unique, beautiful, and special you are.”
Other self-care practices she’s been leaning on–especially while most of the world was still in lockdown–include “going for walks, getting fresh air–there’s nothing more refreshing than just waking up and filling your lungs with fresh air,” she said. She’s also been having sit-down dinners at home with her family every night. “I can’t tell you the last time that’s been something we were able to do,” she shared. “We’re taking time to reflect on who we are, what makes us happy, and what really matters in our lives. This is something that I’ll never take for granted again.”
On top of having her inner beauty practices down pat, she was also eager to share all of the beauty products she’s been loving (lucky us!). Keep on reading for her top five picks.
Kora Organics Noni Glow Sleeping Mask
“I feel like my skin is psychotically sensitive–so my beauty routine consists of very few products and products with natural ingredients. This is a super lightweight gel mask that leaves skin super glowy and smooth. When I saw this mask was a ‘sleeping mask,’ I was like no way, because if I put something on my skin for just four minutes it’s game over. I tried this and it’s actually my favorite thing in the world. I was literally receiving compliments on my skin over FaceTime–that’s when you know this stuff is working.”
Patrick Ta Monochrome Moment Precision Lip Crayon
“Patrick Ta’s beauty line is so up my alley as far as my everyday, 10-minute makeup look. He has these gorgeous lip liners and lip creams that can all be used with each other. His shade names are words of affirmation: The lip liner I use is ‘She’s Strong’ and ‘She’s Independent.’ I love them for their names, for their color, and for what they do to my face.”
Batiste Dry Shampoo
“Hairstylist Laura Polko is my favorite human. She has stocked me up with Batiste Dry Shampoo. The mini ones never leave my bag. What I love so much about it is that it completely revives your hair, whether it’s clean or not, it just adds this great texture to my natural texture. I absolutely love it.”
Frankie’s Bikinis Glow Moisturizer
“A close friend of mine, Francesca Aiello, just launched her first line of beauty products. She has this Glow Moisturizer–there are very few products I come across that I love what they do to my skin without makeup. This is something I can use as the perfect base for makeup or something I can wear alone with just a little mascara, a little lipstick, and it’s just so perfect.”
Voluspa Laguna Candle
“I’m a big candle person. I have a favorite scent that’s currently burning everywhere throughout my house. The scent is called Laguna.”