Say hello to No filter, a refreshing series of beauty events where you’ll get a unique look at the dressing routines of our favorite celebrities. They’ll reveal beauty treatments they love, a regular 5-minute product list they can’t do without, a good skin care tip they’ll forever be grateful for, and much more. To make every conversation complete, we ask each celebrity to send us a selection of their chosen, filter-free selfies that capture the essence of their Unfiltered beauty philosophy. surname.
Next, we’re learning everything about Claws actress Karrueche Tran. She’s a true beauty buff, so we’ll be talking about everything from her skincare routine to her real-life manicure (aside from playing an on-screen manicurist). Interesting!
If you had to leave the house in five minutes, what are a few key beauty products that you would apply or take with you?
Over there [are] a lot of questions are going through my head because I like, Where am I going, how long, have I put anything on my face? Mine Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum, mine Tatcha Dewy Serum, mine Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream, Kiehl’s Deodorant, Dior Capture Totale Moisturizing Cream, ChapStick, Skyn Iceland Eye Patch which I always keep in my small bathroom and eye drops.
Can you walk me through your skin care routine?
I am a bather. Even if I shower at night and I go to the gym in the morning, I take a quick shower in the morning. So I’ll wash my face with Tatcha rice water. Let’s say it was a normal day, and I didn’t take pictures or anything like that. I will use Dior Capture Totale Serum and moisturizer together. That’s kind of it!
What about at night?
I used these handcuffs. You know when you wash your face in the sink and the water runs down your arm? To me, that’s like stepping into the water with socks on. It was the most uncomfortable feeling. So I use these cuffs, which I love and that I can also travel with. I will wash my face with Dior Capture Totale Facial Cleanser or Caudalie Facial Cleanser, is a slightly stronger cleanser. Caudalie has this Nature, like a gentle toner — I would probably put it on. I will use Serum Caudalieand then i will use Cosmedix Revitalizing Night Cream.
In Claws, you play as a manicurist. Are your nails important to you in real life?
Sure. And I feel like since I’ve been on the show, I have to make sure my nails are regular. It happened so many times when I was at the airport or anywhere, people would say, “Girl, show me your claws.” Sometimes they’ll be done, but other times, if I’m traveling while we’re filming, we have to go natural because we’ve done so many nail changes. So people are like, “Let me see your nails,” and I’m like god, they’re really ugly right now. Even if I don’t wear long false nails, I guarantee that I will have a beautiful set of nails. My polishing goal for a neutral color is Kiss the bride. That color is a life changing color and the easiest one. Now, the premiere [of Claws] coming soon and I’m doing all of this. Before I left LA, I finished my nails. I have to represent the show and have beautiful nails. I went to my girl Michelle. There is an artist, Yayoi Kusama. We did her inspired manicure. They are super cute. They are yellow with black dots.
I wish I could see them. They sound super cute. Moving on to a little makeup, I know you’ve collaborated with ColourPop in the past. What is your makeup philosophy? What can’t you live without?
I like makeup. Entering Sephora is like [being] a kid in the candy store for me. My two favorites that I will switch to are bronzers and lip gloss, but I will always do the same nudey-pink lip gloss. I have a ton of slightly different shades, but I don’t know, there’s something about lip gloss that I just love. Every time I go to Sephora, I’m like, What new lip gloss do they have now? And then I was like, Get me out of this store! I end up only buying things that I don’t need. I also like a good bronzer. For me, at least there aren’t many options for good bronzers. I think the best thing that I love right now is A lot of. She has a very good bronzer in a lot of different colors which is great.
I feel like I’ve just been on a roller coaster ride with makeup. Now I really enjoy doing makeup, especially working with makeup artists, because I have been through all the trials and tribulations of working with different makeup artists. I always bring my makeup in case they have something I don’t like. Hourglass has the best curd powder. I used a lot of different ones. I would sit on the carpet, and my picture would be taken, and there would be flashbacks, and I would look pale. I always carry the Hourglass setup powder with me. That is the best.
As for my makeup, I like the concealer under my eyes in a triangular shape, so it accentuates the shape and structure of my face. I like a more sculptural look with contour and bronzer, like contouring the nose and cheeks, and I don’t like thick lashes. I had the craziest lashes on my body, and then I took my pictures, and I looked absolutely insane, so I’m going to bring lashes. Ardell has the best eyelash to buy at CVS. They are best for a little extra pop. It looks like your regular lashes, but it just gives it a little more volume. It’s a full band, but they’re not too long and not too heavy. You know how some eyelashes have such thick and heavy black bands? I can not. It really bothers my eyes.
Do you like lip gloss?
Girl, no. There are too many options.
If you have to choose three.
Dior has a great variety of lip glosses. [I like] the Maximizer Lip Plumper. I have a pair with me now. There is a brand called Iconic [London]. They have a really good assortment inner ball have a little color. Fenty That’s good. [Rihanna] has good gloss.
As well as in the field of makeup, is there any beauty of Virginia you love on the show?
OH. You will have to wait and see in the fourth season. I think in season four we can all use our wardrobe and makeup. It really levels up, and that kind of goes with the show, with what’s going on. We are also leveling up. I have some very fun looking makeup coming up. What I like about playing Virginia is that in real life, I don’t really like wearing heavy makeup or putting too much color on my eyes. I like a lot of nudes and neutrals. But Virginia, oh my god. We had a lot of fun with color. Different colors — pink, purple, orange. We did a lot, what do you call the different designs on the face?
A graphic eyeliner of the deal?
Exactly, yes. We did a lot of it with neon pens, a lot of rhinestones, a lot of face jewelry. All face jewelry. Normal things I wouldn’t do.
Is there anything about your beauty routine that you think would surprise people?
I was “ready for me” for the DFTAs a few weeks ago, and I did one of the tricks I usually do when preparing for a photo session or an event. After I wash my face and dry it, [when] I still have nothing on my face, and I take an ice cube and apply it all over my face, on my eyelids, under my eyes, because sometimes I can get bags under my eyes. It just feels nice on my skin, it tightens my pores and I feel like it wakes me up a bit. I posted it online and it got a lot of responses. People say, “Oh my gosh, I want to try that.” I think it’s one of the oldest tricks in the book. If you know, you know.
This is my final question, and I’ll preface by saying you could certainly add some context, but what’s your No Filter beauty philosophy in seven words or less.
Find out your skin type. That’s the number one rule when it comes to skin care. It is the foundation for skin care. I can tell you all the Chanel, Dior, and Tatcha serums work for me, but it may not necessarily be right for you. So I think it’s important for people to understand what your skin type is. Is it dry? Does it have oil? I think once you understand that and once you understand your skin and know what your skin likes and needs, you can then find products for any condition or any skin type. Which is yours. It’s also a learning process, you know? It took me a while, but go to Sephora or wherever, find little testers, try everything. My skin in New York is very different from that in LA, so it’s all about really understanding and listening to what your skin is telling you.