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Randall Mesdon

She never fails to look perfectly polished, but that doesn’t mean Olivia Wilde always gets it right the first time. The actress, who is showing off her glowing look as the face of Revlon‘s Rio Rush Collection (launching this April) says when it comes to beauty, sometimes it takes a little time to get it right. We chatted with the star about past beauty blunders, hilarious hair conundrums, and –most importantly–how the heck we can recreate that sexy signature cat eye of hers.

What’s your favorite piece from the new collection?
The eyeshadow palettes ($8 each at revlon.com in April) are these really fun colors. Gucci Westman (pro makeup artist and Global Artistic Director for Revlon) makes it so easy for the user to know what colors to combine. Sometimes you get scared of bold colors or you might not know how to combine shades together but these palettes take out the guess work.

Makes sense, your eye makeup always looks great! What’s the secret to your signature cat eyes? 
Don’t expect to get it right on the first try! Draw it on and then you can fix any mistakes with a pointed q-tip (dipped in makeup remover)… always assume the q-tip fix is the 2nd part. It’s a trial and error process but those pointed q-tips just help perfect the look. It takes a lot of the pressure off so you’re not so afraid to go for it.

We’ll have to try it… if only we could have your glowing skin too!
Actually, another great tip that my makeup artist, Melanie Inglessis, told me is to use a damp beautyblender sponge to apply foundation. You just run it under a little water and wring it out- it makes everything blend better and it adds a luminous, dewy quality to the skin. Also, use a lot of moisturizer to prep the skin before makeup (Gucci put me on to the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream, $43 at drhauschka.com). Sometimes, during the day, I’ll apply a little extra just to rejuvenate my skin and makeup.

Have you ever had a makeup or hair disaster? 
Oh god, when I was 12…I shaved the back of my head, it was a terrible look. But that age is a phase for disaster so I’m happy I had every disaster imaginable, because now I know what not to do. That sort of adventurousness is fun, we lose too much of that when we get older. We should have more fun and take risks with our looks.

You always nail the red carpet though, tell us what it was like to get ready for the Oscars!
My stylist, Karla Welch, is really brilliant- that gown was her favorite before I even got to the sitting. She showed it to me last so I tried on a bunch of different gowns- a lot of designers were so nice about altering the dress for my growing belly. It’s fun to embrace a totally different silhouette for awhile and that Valentino dress really complemented the shape of the bump. We kept saying it’s reminiscent of Grace Kelly, its sort of 60s and paired with that awesome jewelry, it was really fun.