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Emilia Clarke about her beauty routine products

Behind Emilia Clarke’s beautiful appearance and smile is inner strength. A strength that she displays both on-camera, in her role of the brave Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, and in life, surviving two life-threatening brain aneurysms, while in the thick of her acting career. This fearlessness explains why she never shies away from wearing red lipstick or drastically changing her hair colour whenever she wants.

Clarke’s strong-willed nature is reflected in her beauty choices.


"I don’t like heavy-toned, musky smells and “The Only One” is exactly not that—it’s a fresh fragrance, and lingers in the room really beautifully," the actress says.

"I love it when you’re wearing perfume, and then you put on your jacket the next day and you can still smell it—like it’s lived-in. The bergamot-y flavours really come through. You want a scent that makes others compliment you. It’s not abrasive, though, and it doesn’t pack too much of a punch or suffocate you."

The beauty rule Emilia never breaks

"I’m diligent with my skincare routine," Clarke says definitively. "I get nightmares if I sleep with makeup on. I just can’t do it. I can’t wake up with yesterday’s mascara on my face. Essentially, the key to good skin is clean, hydrated skin. Exfoliating occasionally is good, too, but really more than anything it’s about hydrating your skin. If you are drinking enough water, laughing enough, and hydrating enough, you’re going to have great skin. It’s as simple as that."

Products that keep her skin glowing

"Biologique Recherche does a fabulous VIP O2 Cream moisturizer," she shares. "It’s thick, but it doesn’t feel cloggy. It’s a lovely cream that rubs in really easily and is quite light. I also use sheet masks all the time. La Mer has an amazing hydrating sheet mask you leave on for three minutes, and you glow afterwards.

Emilia’s Go-To makeup look

"I love classic makeup looks," Clarke admits. "I’m a lover of Old Hollywood glamour. If I honed in on what peak beauty means to me, I look to Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe. I love a red lip, black liquid eyeliner, and lashes—that’s all you need. This is the makeup look I’ll always lean on because your face looks fresh and classic."

Hair colour that makes her feel most like herself

"This is hard because I love being blonde," she admits. "It’s like you’re walking around with a permanent pep in your step because you’ve got an accessory on your head all the time, and you don’t need to do much else. But I must admit that when I recently went back to brown, I looked in the mirror and realized brunette is who I really am. I’ve been living with it for a couple of days, and I feel a sense of relief that I don’t have to keep up the facade that I’m a peroxide blonde”.

Moments she feels most beautiful

"In the beauty arena, everyone’s taking more risks and being more daring," Clarke explains. "But at the same rate, everyone’s pairing down, wearing less, and allowing their authentic beauty to come through. It’s a powerful point of view when you know you don’t need anything to enhance your natural beauty. I love how incorporating beauty products that inspire you and align with what you naturally have can feel really empowering in this day and age."

“I really, truly believe that natural beauty comes from a feeling in your mind that you are happy, which is no small feat."

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