Brunch with Buro: Felicity Jones

Brunch with Buro: Felicity Jones

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Text: Yvette King

In Los Angeles for the global brand relaunch and reveal of Felicity Jones as the new face of Clé de Peau Beauté, Yvette King speaks with the luminous actress on beauty must-haves and finding balance in the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel

It's one thing to keep up with the Joneses but there's only one Jones we're interested in keeping up with. She has become a household name, appearing in the Star Wars franchise as Jyn Erso in the 2016 film Rogue One. That same year she starred opposite Tom Hanks in Inferno, the third installment of author Dan Brown's prolific adventure series. Oh and did we mention that in 2015, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything?

Now, Felicity Jones has been named the new muse of Clé De Peau Beauté. We are not in a galaxy far, far away, but in Los Angeles to interview the highly acclaimed actress about her thoughts on the movies and makeup.

From lightsabers to lipsticks, what about the Clé De Peau Beauté brand makes you feel confident?
Felicity Jones (FJ): It's a brand that I found to be incredibly detailed in their work. Everything they do is about excellence — from the way they run their campaigns to products, there's a sensitivity, there's a care. I'm very fussy about the kind of brands I like to work with and Clé de Peau Beauté felt immediately like we have a lot of similar ideologies.

What is the best beauty and career advice you've received? 
FJ: Best beauty advice would be from my mother, who said always take your makeup off before you go to bed no matter how late it is or whatever's happening — make sure you take everything completely off and I'm pretty good at sticking to that. If I don't for some reason, then I'll always feel guilty the next day because my mother's voice would be in my head saying "Take it off!"

Best career advice would be from Helen Mirren. She's a person I worked with very early on — in one of my first films. She is someone who I find always makes incredible choices with her work and she has great integrity in what she does. When it comes to acting, you do a take and feel self-conscious afterwards — you worry about it and there's a little bit of anxiety and she would always say that it's like shooting a bow and arrow. You've just got to shoot it and where it lands is where it lands — you just got to hope for the best and be quite zen about it

Has anything changed for you now that you've become highly recognisable? For example, do you feel like you need to look your best every time you leave the house?
FJ: I do tend to make a little bit more effort now when I leave the house cause you never know if you're going to be photographed at some point. And I've always loved makeup — it's something that I've sort of grown up loving not only in my work but in my personal lifestyle. I really enjoy the process — there's something quite meditative about putting on makeup, so yes I do definitely make an effort.

As an actress, someone whose face is on the big screen there is no hiding. How do you keep your skin looking so flawless?
FJ: Well when I'm shooting, it's a very strict regime. I will exercise regularly — this is not all year round, this is when I'm preparing for a role. I'm very disciplined about not drinking too much, getting lots of rest and sleep, lots of massages — I mean those are the things that you do to look after the inside and then the outside. If you're doing a role and you're in every single day, you have to really look after yourself. As you say, you're very exposed so you want to make sure you don't have too many pimples when you're going in in the morning and things like that, but it comes with a lot of discipline.

You have been referred to as 'an English rose'. Can you relate to that saying?
FJ: My middle name is actually Rose so there is a meaning to that! I think it's a really lovely phrase actually. I definitely do like rose colours with makeup, so I'll have that title! When I was younger, I was definitely shy and I think an English rose is someone who is quite shy and I have had that quality, but as I got older I gained a little bit more self-knowledge and became a little bit more confident.

I think we're in a shifting time. I feel as though being a woman is about having integrity in what you do. Feeling comfortable in your own skin. Being unafraid, but at the same time being sensitive to the world around you.

And the English part? Would you say you are an archetypal English lady?
FJ: Wow, I hope there's a lot of humour in being an English lady! There's a great battle with your hair because there's a lot of damp in the air in England, so trying to have perfect hair is a constant battle because it tends to just become a frizzy mess. So you'll know an English woman by her frizzy hair!

Aside from the occasional frizzy hair moment, what is your biggest weakness?
FJ: Probably salt and vinegar crisps. I've been trying to avoid them the past holiday!
Felicity Jones and Yvette King at the global relaunch of Clé de Peau Beauté in Bel Air

Who is your style icon?
FJ: My style icon growing up was always coming from French cinema, so I loved Brigitte Bardot — like having her little hairstyle right now. And Anna Karina. That was it for me, I sort of found the world of French cinema that I absolutely loved and wanted to be in it – I also loved the fashion and the looks from that world.

If you had to choose only one item of makeup, what would it be?
FJ: Can I have two? I would be hard to choose between the Clé de Peau Beauté concealer — which is great for dark circles — the thing I've always struggled with. So probably concealer then a good eyeliner. A good black eyeliner.

Bardot loved a good eyeliner. Do you have any tips for applying it or doing it by yourself?
FJ: I tend to do the top of my eyelid much heavier with makeup — so mascara on the top, eyeliner on the top. If it's the day time, I don't tend to put a lot of mascara on the bottom. I often put concealer over the eyelid as well so that you kind of get full coverage.

Have you ever taken your makeup to the dark side? And completed a makeup sin?
FJ: Definitely wearing too much glitter eyeshadow, too much lipstick probably when I was younger. Just overdoing it. I think when you're quite shy you probably tend to compensate quite a little bit.

Behind the scenes of the new Clé de Peau Beauté campaign

What were you doing the moment you found out you were nominated for an Oscar?
FJ: I was actually in bed. It was really early in the morning and I had a cold and I sort of immediately leapt up and went and called all of my family. It was something like three o'clock in the morning, so there was a bit of time difference — I was a bit blurry-eyed when I found out.

Sounds like a dream come true! Please tell us about the movies that you're filming now. You're rumoured to be working with Eddie Redmayne again.
FJ: I've just been making a film about Ruth Bader Ginsberg who is the Supreme Court Justice of the US which was an extraordinary experience and she is a pretty phenomenal woman. It's called On the Basis of Sex and it's about how Ginsberg and her husband changed the architecture of gender rights in America — and that will be coming at the end of this year.

Then Eddie and I are shooting something called The Aeronauts later in the year. We obviously worked on The Theory of Everything and we have an easy working relationship. We're both perfectionists so we both work in incredibly hard towards doing more together.

What is your must have beauty item for the coming spring?
FJ: It would probably be the Clé de Peau Beauté rose blush — it's a very lovely one. And just put it really high on the cheeks.

When it comes to your styling, do you consider fashion first or your makeup? Or how do you mix and match your makeup into fashion?
FJ: I always like there to be a complement between the two. I feel as though depending on what you're wearing and what colours and design you're choosing then it's always nice to match the makeup to the look. Probably it would come from the clothes and then particularly with red carpets and things like that - you very much want to prepare the whole look. So start with the outfit and adapt the makeup and hair depending on the dress, so that it works as one.

Have you tried the Clé de Peau Beauté masks? Because they're really good as well.
FJ: I have. And great when you're flying as well cause there's obviously there's so much travel involved going from London to wherever I'm shooting. They're excellent. Cause you know when you get of the plane, your skin can be really dry, so the mask help stop that from happening. It's just wonderful.

I've heard that you're a big fan of Italian food (and you have Italian roots) so how do you manage to keep fit?
FJ: Balance. I absolutely love food, I love cooking — it's not really that good but I really enjoy doing it, so I like to just have a good fitness regime as well. I do a combination of pilates, yoga, dance and swimming, and then I like to go outside and run in the park — things like that, I tend to avoid the gym.

Which Italian dish is your favourite?
FJ: I love fresh sea bass, fresh fish. If you're by the coast out there in Italy they've got some lovely tomatoes and salad, some gorgeous potatoes — just the basic ingredients but they're excellent.

What is your wardrobe guilty pleasure?
FJ: It's bags. My poor fiancé is just drowning in my handbags and shoes — it's a disease that I've inherited from my grandmothers. I love having the right shoes for the right outfit.

If you had to use one colour to describe your life, what would it be?
FJ: That's such a good question. I love blue as a colour but I don't want to say that's my life because that's a bit depressing, but maybe pale blue because it's open and hopeful and it signifies light.

Which phase or period of your life do you think has been the most  radiant?
FJ: Totally now. I think I feel very comfortable in my own skin at this point in my life more than I ever have before.

The force is stong with this one.