The actress, producer, and screenwriter on the art of perfecting the cat eye and the strangest skin-care treatment she’s ever tried.

By Alison Syrett Cleary
Updated Dec 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am
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Can you remember a time when Rashida Jones didn’t have her signature fringe? Neither can she. “I’ve always had some version of bangs and a bob,” she says in InStyle’s new January issue. “I think someone cut it that way early on and it stuck!” But that’s not to say the actress and writer — and producer and director, nbd — hasn’t experimented with her look over the years. Keep reading for her secret to creating the perfect cat-eye liner effect and the strangest beauty treatments she’s ever tried.

Let’s get started with the obvious: When did you get your signature bangs?
I’ve always had some version of bangs and a bob. I think someone cut my hair that way early on, and it stuck. It’s basically a bowl cut. But because my hair is so fine, it lets me have a style without doing any work.

So you don’t do anything to it in the morning?
After showering, I add sea-salt and texturizing sprays to give it body. My lovely hairdresser suggested brushing the roots for a little lift as well.

You’re also known for your freckles. Have you always shown them off?
People tried for years to cover them up — and I wanted to conceal them when I was younger because I thought they made my face look as if it wasn’t clean. I like them now, which is good timing since they are cool again. But even if they weren’t, it’s my look, and I need to work with what I’ve got.

What self-care routines would you rather skip?
Every time I get a gift bag full of body oils and foot moisturizers, I have this fantasy of using it all. I love the idea of a head-to-toe regimen, but I’ll never do it. Once, however, I got a Shanghainese pedicure in Hong Kong. The technicians need to train for years to do it properly because they take really fine knives and file off layers and layers of dead skin. My feet have never looked so incredible.

Is that the wildest thing you’ve ever done in the name of beauty?
A long time ago someone gave me baby-foreskin cream. But it was a one-time deal. It’s not like I’ve committed to it as a program.

Judging from your Instagram, you have mastered winged eyeliner. What’s your technique?
I can’t take full credit. My makeup artist, Jamie Greenberg, does a wicked cat eye. She has given me some tips over the years: You kind of have to do it in one swoop; you can’t get nervous and do half a line. I’m pretty devoted to using my Troy Surratt pencil. It feels like a paintbrush — slippery in a great way.

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Are you equally loyal to your lipstick colors?
I like to experiment with those because the rest of my routine doesn’t wildly differ. I’ve been loving this Fenty red called Uncensored. It stays put for a long time and isn’t drying.

Speaking of favorite products, are there any you bring on set while shooting?
My jade roller, because there is only so much you can do with makeup if you are tired or have had too much salt. The older I get, the more of my prep time is spent on skin care. If the canvas is in good shape, everything you put on it looks better.

You just finished a voice-over part for the movie Spies in Disguise and your new show Duncanville, which is very different from appearing on camera. What’s your routine for that?
There are times when I’m about to head to a recording session and don’t look like I should be leaving the house. Because there are producers and directors there, I have to force myself to change out of pajamas and put on tinted moisturizer. I’m not a person who’s great at making an effort unless it’s necessary. When I’m writing at home, things can get pretty unvain.

Rashida's Must-Haves

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Texture Wave texturizing spray

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncensored

Surratt Auto-Graphique Liner in Chat Noir

Olio e Osso Balm No. 2 French Melon

For more stories like this, pick up the January issue of InStyle, available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download Dec. 20.