This month Brittany Snow is sharing her thoughts with us on her favorite skin care and makeup products, her journey as an actress, and much more. Brittany is currently starring in the film “Pitch Perfect” as Chloe, opposite Anna Kendrick. We loved Brittany in the film “Hairspray”, in the role of Amber Von Tussle, but America first fell in love with Brittany while she was starring as Meg Pryor on the NBC series “American Dreams”. Brittany has a few films coming up, including: “Syrup” and “Would You Rather”. Very busy girl!
I recently had a chat with Brittany and found her to be absolutely lovely. She’s so sweet and open, and she has some important things to share. Enjoy our chat!
Looking at your journey with singing, dancing and acting…did you feel like you hit gold when you got “American Dreams” and “Hairspray”, getting to do it all?
I really didn’t think that getting “American Dreams” was going to be possible. Just the whole aspect of getting to sing and dance and work with the people that I worked with and it being in the 60’s, which I already had a fascination with. Then during the show I became pretty much obsessed with the 60’s and now my whole apartment is done in 60’s. But getting to dance and sing is something that I was always doing when I was a kid and something that I love and I’ve been really lucky that I get to do it in these projects and especially because I know that I’m not the best singer or dancer or actress. So, getting to do it all is really special. When I was doing “Pitch Perfect” I think it was really great because I was older and I could appreciate every little thing. And when people would complain about how long rehearsals are and things like that, I would just be like “Guys, we get to put on a musical in a movie, this is awesome.” I never wanted to take it for granted because it’s rare that you get to do all of your passions at the same time.
It’s refreshing to hear you say that, about not taking your work for granted. I’ve met and worked with so many actors that, unfortunately, do take for granted that they make their living doing what they do.
I think when I was on “American Dreams” I was fifteen to eighteen and I knew it was really great and I had so much fun but I definitely didn’t know what I was doing because it was kind of my first thing. And no one could have told me to take it all in every day and don’t get freaked out, don’t get stressed out. And I was so stressed out and not really sure of what I was doing. So it’s important that you step back and you realize how lucky we are to be in this town (doing this for a living) and you can’t really tell that to a fifteen year old.
Tell me about your favorite skin care products.
I had a lot of really bad acne when I was a teenager, when I was on “American Dreams”. So I go to a dermatologist and she’s completely changed my skin around. I use her stuff. It’s really great for my confidence and it’s so nice to not have to wear makeup, because I’m a big fan of that. My every day lotion that I use is Olay Complete because it’s just really simple. I have the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion for zits, and they also have a really great Enzyme Revitalizing Mask that I use. And I use their body wash in the shower and their body lotion. I got gifted Sanctuary Therapists Secret Facial Oil and it’s like my new favorite thing right now. When I started using it I was really kind of worried it was going to break me out, because it’s oil, but it’s really nice and it makes you really glowy and it doesn’t break me at all. It’s very hydrating.
What’s your “must have” product?
Probably the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. That stuff is crazy! If I feel like I’m getting a zit, I’ll put it on there overnight and the zit is gone. And I just think it’s the best thing ever.
You mentioned that you prefer not to have to wear makeup. So, when you do wear it, what are your favorite products to use?
I think I’m a little antsy and I just like to get out of the house, so I don’t like to spend too much time on my hair and makeup. So, I’m very simple and I pretty much do the same thing every day. I use Georgio Armani Foundation. And if I’m on the road I use the L’Oreal True Match because someone told me that it’s basically the same. The only thing that I swear by that stays on my face when it comes to coverage is Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage. I buy it in bulk. I have to have that because it’s the only thing that stays on my face when I want to cover something up. So I do that and I use just a little bit of bronzer, which I use as blush. I really love the Benefit Hoola Bronzer. For mascara I use Maybelline Great Lash, and I’ve used it my whole life.
I think there’s often this feeling in Hollywood with a lot of actresses that they have to use all of these expensive products when there are plenty of very affordable products that are wonderful. Like your Olay Complete, L’Oreal True Match, Maybelline Great Lash…
Right. I think it was when I was doing “American Dreams”, my makeup artist at the time and her makeup artist friends did an experiment. They used expensive foundation and expensive makeup and used it in the exact same way as they did all drug store bought makeup up. They used it on the exact same person, with the exact same application, and then they asked people which makeup looked better and people really didn’t know the difference. People can’t tell if it’s expensive. And if you use the right application, I think it’s kind of the same thing. I know that people who buy expensive things would hate me for that. But we all think it’s nice to have expensive things and I definitely treat myself to a lot of expensive makeup. But, it doesn’t have to be all the time.
There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself. And I think it’s also relative to who you are, what you do for a living, your finances, etc. Going back to you mentioning application, I think it’s all about really knowing what to do with your makeup and how to apply it (no matter what you’re using).
Tell me about your favorite spas.
When it comes to here in Los Angeles, I go to Kate Somerville for facials. They have some great treatments. I recently went to the spa at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. They invited me to go there for a weekend and it was unbelievable. That spa was amazing and they treated me amazing. I got all of these different wraps, a facial, a body treatment where I was covered in honey. I spent a whole weekend there and the whole place is amazing.
How do you feel about the pressure that Hollywood puts on actresses to be super thin?
This topic is a huge one for me because I’ve been very vocal about what I believe in and what I stand up for when it comes to this. I recently started a charity and movement about a year and a half ago called Love is Louder, which is basically a self-esteem movement. It spreads awareness and gives hope to anyone who is suffering from feeling out of place or feeling alone or mistreated, or even if they just don’t fit in. I started it because I was bullied all through middle school and high school and then when I came out here (to Hollywood) there was a lot of pressure as well. And my best friend was also bullied and he’s gay, so we came together and we developed Love is Louder because I know this topic very well. It’s hard starting this movement and talking to girls, going to colleges and talking about self-esteem and what I’ve been through and how I got through it. It’s still the hardest thing, because it’s always going to be there…that compulsion to want more and feel good enough. And it’s really sad because outside of Hollywood I think that the compulsion to be thinner is running rampant as well. It’s being put out there that girls have to be a certain thing and look a certain way. And then inside of Hollywood we’re doing it anyway. The pressure is put on us (actresses) and then it’s putting pressure on the girls in the rest of the country and it’s like this cyclical thing that’s just not stopping. And it’s really unfortunate because I think there would be a lot more happy people if it just came to loving yourself and treating yourself right. I think that I definitely put pressure on myself, but when I step back and think about it I know that the life that I have is so much greater than what I put myself through when I was younger.
I think it’s so important for you to be vocal about all of this.
I think that every little bit helps. That’s why my friend and I started Love is Louder. I don’t know anybody who hasn’t gone through something like that and I don’t know any friends of mine, girl wise, that don’t have some sort of body situation. So everyone can relate to it and the more we’re quiet about it, the more we’re putting it out there that it’s okay and that we have to be ashamed of it. So the more vocal we are, the more we can help each other.
You are so lovely. Thank you so much for being so open, Brittany. Keep doing what you’re doing because it’s awesome!