It’s easy to assume celebrities are loaded up with all things expensive and fancy: caviar, gold-flaked vodka, the entire range of Chanel handbags…
So, naturally, it’s kind of surprising to hear that someone as famous as Ruby Rose swears by beauty products that don’t cost more than a weeks’ worth of morning coffees. Case in point: the Aussie model/actor/former boxer(!) is currently obsessed with a $13 eyebrow gel.
“Last year Maybelline released Brow Drama, and I carry that with me everywhere,” Ruby says. “Brow gels are life changing – you never have to worry about taking photos and and then being like, ‘Why is my eyebrow facing the wrong direction?'” Yep, know that feeling.
This year, you’re going to be seeing a lot of Ruby Rose. Although the 28-year-old has always kept herself busy with her various pursuits, her face is going to be everywhere in 2015. As the ambassador for Maybelline New York here in Australia, Ruby’s going to be heavily involved in the brand’s upcoming 100-year celebrations.
Then there's her role in Orange is the New Black. Last month it was announced Ruby would be joining the cast as Stella Carlin, an inmate at Litchfield Penitentiary with a "sarcastic sense of humour and captivating looks."
Unfortunately, she's pretty tight-lipped about exactly what that captivating look involves. "I posted a behind the scenes [photo on Instagram], so that's how I look on the show. There were some minor things we had to change, but you'll have to wait until it comes out to find out."
Damn. To make the wait easier, read on to see what else is keeping Ruby busy and happy. (Hint: Taylor Swift is involved):
What's always lurking in your handbag?
"I always have gum and I always have floss. People always make fun of me because they're like, 'What are you, 100? Why do you have gum and floss in your bag?' I just hate getting something in my teeth."
"I have Brow Drama in my bag all the time; always got Baby Lips because my lips are always dry from all the travelling ... Sometimes I'll have either a mask or something like that in there just in case I'm staying in a hotel or something. Or if I'm flying, I'll keep some masks or an 8 hour cream in there to keep my face hydrated. I don't keep a full beauty bag in my handbag. It gets too heavy."
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What else helps you travel?
"Those SKII freaky zombie masks that look like your face is peeling off. Also, drinking water for long hauls is so much better for my skin, it doesn't leave it dehydrated."
Picture this: You've slept in, and only have 5 minutes to get your face on. What do you do?
"Oh, that happens to me all the time. I'll put on an SKII moisturiser, I'll chuck on a Kiehl's eye cream, I usually wash my face with Cetaphil because it's simple, quick, easy, you can get it anywhere. And then my most important things are my eyelashes, my lips and my brows. That's my focus. If I don't have a lot of time I may not wear foundation - I'll do a Baby Lips, I'll use mascara, and then I'll make sure my brows look on point. If you have a good moisturiser, or an 8 hour cream, and you make yourself look dewy you can still radiate without having to do a full face of makeup. You can just focus on what your highlights are and then fix it up later."