Rowan Blanchard and Barbie Ferreira on the Power of a Full-On Makeup Look
They're so close, they even share lipstick.
Actresses Rowan Blanchard and Barbie Ferreira were Internet friends before they bonded IRL. Today the two are so close, they share everything from self-care tips to Chanel lipstick. Here, they let us listen in on their latest beauty chat...
Rowan Blanchard: I followed you [on social media] for a long time because I thought you were really cool and pretty.
Barbie Ferreira: Aw! We were Internet friends before we met on your birthday. You have amazing style. And your new haircut changed my life.
RB: I cut my hair on New Year’s Eve. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision.
BF: I feel like it’s brought so much boss-bitch energy. Like, people can’t mess with you now.
RB: Thank you! When I look in the mirror I really feel the most in my skin that I’ve ever felt. And I feel like it’s because my hair is cut off, which is interesting.
BF: I cut my hair because I was building this character for [the HBO drama series] Euphoria. I’ve been wanting to chop it off for so long, but I couldn’t because of modeling. It was just something I never even thought I had control over.
RB: For me, the complicated thing with beauty is the public part. That’s made it a bit harder to live out my identity as easily, because it’s being consumed by other people.
BF: It’s scary to have other people’s gaze on you.
RB: It was something I was dealing with when I was really young, starting when I did Girl Meets World. All of a sudden my life was public in a way it had never been before. Now I can wear whatever I want — I was definitely more sensitive about it then. I really like how I dress, so if somebody says something, I don’t care.
BF: People can read when you’re confident in yourself.
RB: You just have to know if what you’re doing makes you feel good in your body. Like, since I cut my hair, I’ve felt more comfortable at every single event I’ve attended because [it’s] how I want to look.
BF: There are a lot of people who go with public opinion all the time, and it’s boring to watch. I think makeup is like putting on a costume; it’s just fun. But it’s also fun to not wear it sometimes, depending on your mood. It’s not a crutch; it’s more like a creative expression.
RB: When we hang out, we put on really crazy looks. You do my makeup!
BF: I have to admit there’s this one Chanel lipstick you left at my house that I have been wearing — just letting you know.
RB: I love that. Just recently I’ve learned how to do my makeup sort of well.
BF: Sis, you’re killing it.
RB: I’ve been trying so hard! Makeup has been making me feel like I have armor over me. It’s been comforting.
BF: I feel like that’s how we as people protect ourselves — we put on a crazy eye just to go to the grocery store. That’s what makes us happy.
RB: I always see you wearing really good makeup, and I’m like, “OK, I want to do that.” It’s cool to watch someone who’s slightly older than me learn [how to] feel really good in their skin — and then I can learn too. I don’t feel like I fully know myself yet. But I think comfort has come not out of being 100 percent sure but out of [knowing] that I’m working on getting there.
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BF: I’ve really learned the importance of taking care of and listening to yourself. I love to spread the word. I’m, like, the 22-year-old wise woman!
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