Kit Chat: Leighton Meester Beauty Secrets

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Leighton Meester in blue liner

Leighton Meester in blue liner

She’s status-obsessed socialite Blair Waldorf on "Gossip Girl," now in its fourth season; has just wrapped four movies; and travels the globe with hairstylist and friend Charles Baker Strahan as Ambassador for Herbal Essences. “I’ve been a bit busy, but happily busy,” says Leighton Meester, as we chat in the back seat of an SUV enroute to Pearson after a Toronto event. Here she shares key Leighton Meester beauty secrets.

Leighton Meester in Country Strong: "Big hair, lots of fake eyelashes, fake nails, lipliner, lipstick, blush, eyeshadow – the works," she says.

Leighton Meester in Country Strong: "Big hair, lots of fake eyelashes, fake nails, lipliner... the works!"

Country Strong, in which the 24-year-old appeared alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, saw Meester playing a Texas beauty queen singer. “Big hair, lots of fake eyelashes, fake nails, lipliner, lipstick, blush, eyeshadow —the works!”

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

And when it comes to red-carpet beauty, Meester’s look ranges from fresh-faced to smokey siren. But for personal pretty days, the star, who has distractingly flawless skin, keeps things simple. "I like to wear little or no makeup when I can."

leighton meester beauty secrets

Herbal Essences ($4.99, well.ca) "I love Hello Hydration and I love Long Term Relationship," says Meester. "As far as styling goes, I love it when Charles uses Tousle Me Softly. The finishing cream is really good for defining your hair but keeping it soft."

Leighton Meester's Herbal Essences favourites

Leighton Meester's Herbal Essences favourites

Evian Mineral Water Spray Duo to Go ($15, sephora.com) Refreshes and boosts moisture in dry times; Meester calls it "a life-source." Spray face generously, wait a few seconds, dab off excess, then load up on moisturizer.

Tom Ford Private Label Lip Color in Pure Pink ($52, holtrenfrew.com) “Tom Ford makes a really pretty fuchsia lipstick — and you can put a little bright lipstick on your cheeks, too.”

Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($7 and $7.50, sephora.com) "If you put a little colour under it, it's nice and moisturizing," says Meester.

Leighton Meester's beauty favourites: Smith's Rosebud Salve, La Mer Creme de la Mer, Tom Ford Lipstick, Evian Mineral Water Spray, and a lash curler

Leighton Meester's beauty favourites: Smith's Rosebud Salve, La Mer Creme de la Mer, Tom Ford Lipstick, Evian Mineral Water Spray, and a lash curler

La Mer Crème de la Mer ($165, holtrenfrew.com). The bio-fermented brew of sea kelp, minerals, natural oils and vitamins B12, C and E garners loyal devotees.

Shiseido Eyelash Curler ($22, thebay.com). On rare days off, Meester says her routine is “eye-lash curler, lip balm and a smile.”

A version of this story appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of The Kit and on Divine.ca.