Some models, like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, execute their complicated skincare routines with military precision.
Then there's Emily Ratajkowski, who takes an extremely laid-back approach.
"As I got older I realized that you can just have five things that you love and a simple routine that you stand by," she told Into the Gloss in 2013. "Then, you don't ever have to think about it. Everything that I have, I use on a daily basis."
Here's what's involved in her surprisingly basic routine:
Emily's Morning Skincare Routine
Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash: "Right now, I'm using Kiehl's Calendula Foaming Face Wash."
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Coco-Betaine, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Prunus Armeniaca Seed Powder / Apricot Seed Powder, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Salicylic Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric Acid.
By Terry Cellularose Baume d'Eau: "Then I put on moisturizer. A lot of moisturizers, they don't absorb into your skin quickly enough, but this one seeps in right away."
Ingredients: AQUA / WATER, OCTYLDODECANOL, GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PROPYLENE GLYCOL LAURATE, HYDROXYETHYL UREA, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, HYDROGENATED COCONUT OIL, IMPERATA CYLINDRICA ROOT EXTRACT, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, TROMETHAMINE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, ETHYLCELLULOSE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL ISOSTEARATE, ACRYLAMIDE/AMMONIUM ACRYLATE COPOLYMER, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, CHLORPHENESIN, ROSA ALBA LEAF CELL EXTRACT, ROSA CENTIFOLIA LEAF CELL EXTRACT, TETRASODIUM EDTA, SILICA, POLYISOBUTENE, PROLINAMIDOETHYL IMIDAZOLE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, GERANIOL, CI 77019 / MICA, CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, AMMONIUM LACTATE, CARBOMER, CITRONELLOL, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, POLYSORBATE 20, ROSA GALLICA FLOWER EXTRACT, EUGENOL, ROSA HYBRID FLOWER EXTRACT, LIMONENE, ROSA ALBA FLOWER EXTRACT, SODIUM METHYLPARABEN, CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, SODIUM CITRATE, CITRIC ACID, TRISODIUM EDTA. (T1302/A)
Sisley Hydra-Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration: "I also like Sisley Hydra-Global. It smells so good."
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Sorbitol, Malachite Extract, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Stevia Rebaudiana Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Nylon-12, Algae Extract, Paraffin, Squalane, Behenyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Arginine, Cetearyl Glucoside, Carbomer, Arachidyl Glucoside, Allantoin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sodium Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid, Thymus Mastichina Herb Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tetrasodium Edta, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Yeast Extract, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Salvia Officinalis Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Phospholipids, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Tocopherol
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream: "I use a little Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream mixed in with Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint."
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Homosalate, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Cetyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Steareth-21, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Carbomer, Dimethiconol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium Edta, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Michelia Alba Leaf Oil, Sodium Lactate, Coco-Glucoside, Peg-8, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol.
3. Tinted Moisturizer:
Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint: "During the day, I use Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint. I'm using the dark colour because I have a bit of a tan. I'm not sure it really covers much, but it evens me out."
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Diamond Powder, Stearyl Triethoxysilane, Boron Nitride, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Propylene Carbonate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019)
Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette Color Correct & Concealer: "If I need any spot coverage, I use Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette. I found it one time that I had a huge casting, and I had a bad breakout. The night before, I did terrible things to my face, and I woke up and emailed my agent and said 'I cannot go to the casting.' It was an important meeting. She said, 'You're crazy. They already know what you look like. It doesn't matter if you have a zit.' But I thought it was terrible, so I went to Sephora for help and they gave me that palette. It saved my life. I have a brush to apply it with, but it's easier to blend with my finger. I can use it under my eyes, too."
Ingredients: Talc, Beeswax, Mineral Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ozokerite, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Propylparaben, BHT. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Blue 1 Lake.
5. Lip Balm / Eye Treatment:
Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment: "I put Aquaphor on my lips. When I want my skin to look really dewy, I'll put [it] under my eyes at night. It just makes my skin feel firmer and moist. It's especially good when I'm travelling, to keep my skin from drying out and over-producing oil."
Ingredients: Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Bisabolol.
6. Face Mist:
Glossier Soothing Face Mist: "To finish, I like to spray the Glossier Soothing Face Mist to set my makeup."
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Glycerin, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.
Emily's Evening Skincare Routine
1. Makeup Remover:
L'Oréal Paris Gentle Makeup Remover: "If I need makeup remover, I use this L'Oréal eye makeup remover that my mom introduced me to years ago."
Ingredients: AQUA • HEXYLENE GLYCOL • DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIACETATE • PANTHENOL • SODIUM LAURETH8 SULFATE • SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE • TRIETHANOLAMINE • ALLANTOIN • MAGNESIUM LAURETH8 SULFATE • MAGNESIUM LAURETH SULFATE • MAGNESIUM OLETH SULFATE • SODIUM OLETH SULFATE • METHYLPARABEN • SODIUM BENZOATE • CHLORHEXIDINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE • DISODIUM EDTA • QUATERNUM15 • PARFUM • GERANIOL • CITRONELLOL
Ingredients: Water, Sunflower Oil, Mineral Oil, Tilia Cordata Flower Water, Isopropyl Palmitate, Bitter Orange Flower Distillate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-2 Diprolyhydroxystearate, Lauryl Glucoside, C12-14 Alcohols Phenoxyethanol, Tilia Platyphyllos Extract, Mallow Extract, Lilum Candium Flower Extract, Carbomer, Ceteareth-20, Propelene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Xabthan Gum, Octoxynol-13, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Tetrsodium Edta, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Citric Acid, Propylparaben
Resurface by Shani Darden Retinol Reform: "[The product I'll splurge on is] Shani Darden's Retinol Reform cream."
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Retinol (vitamin A propionate), Aloe Vera, Glycereth-26, OctylDimethyl, Polysorbate-80, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Niacinamide, Sodium Benzoate, Inositol, Lactic Acid, Quaternium-15
4. Face Oil:
Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil: "At night, I might add the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil, which is also about the smell—this gorgeous rose."
Ingredients: squalane, prunus domestica seed extract, camelina sativa seed oil, persea gratissima oil unsaponifiables, tocopherol, padina pavonica thallus extract, rose extract, pelargonium graveolens oil, michelia alba leaf oil, rosa damascena flower oil, caprylic triglyceride, jojoba seed oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, linalool, citronellol, geraniol, citral, limonene, eugenol
Emily's Skincare Treatments
Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack: "When I’m travelling, I'll bring [this] along. It's a mask, and I put it on after a flight. When I get to the hotel, I put it on for 20 minutes, and my skin feels so much better."
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Kaolin, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Powder, Citric Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Aronia Arbutifolia Fruit Extract, Aristotelia Chilensis Fruit Extract, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Propanediol, Chlorphenesin, Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract, Petroselinum Crispum (Parsley) Leaf Extract, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex (Cl75810).
Ingredients: Water, Rosa Centifolia (Cabbage Rose) Water, Dimethicone, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Sorbitol, LiliumCandidum Flower Extract, Peg-40, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, SesamumIndicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Crosspolymer, Octoxynol-13, Sodium Methylparaben, Propylene Glycol, ChlorhexidineDigluconate, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben. (Cont.geraniol, Citronellol).
Korean Spa Treatments:
Natura Spa: "I'm pretty terrified of facials. My big treat is that once a month I go to a Korean spa. I usually go about 40 minutes before my appointment, and you can get into all these different pools. Then you get a body scrub, and you're lying there naked with 20 other women. They just treat you like a piece of meat, but it's worth it. Then you shower, and I like the acupressure massage. Those ladies are strong! They even put grated cucumber on your face. Afterward, my skin is so soft, and I always sleep so well that night."
Emily's Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle
"You know, I'm a carnivore. I really like to eat meat. I crave iron so I am definitely not the kind of person who you will find eating a salad. I like to keep it really balanced to give my body energy and also be healthy. I cook a lot, so that really helps: You know how much salt and sugar and all of that kind of stuff you are putting in your body. I think it is really important to give yourself a break. And also just really think about where things are coming from and what kind of ingredients are going into your body."
"I don't have a trainer, and I don't really go to the gym. I go on long walks and hikes with my girlfriends. That's about it."
Could Emily's skin be any more flawless?!
And yet—compared to most of the celebrity skincare routines we've looked at so far—her routine is so no-frills.
(She doesn't even work out. Some people have all the luck!)
Since she's still young (26) and doesn't have any skin issues like acne or dryness to worry about, there's no real reason to incorporate advanced products such as serums and acids. Instead, the focus is on moisture, and the retinol (which I'm a fan of, too!) is the only active treatment she needs.
If I were to make any changes to this routine, I'd add a sunscreen—that's the one glaring thing that is missing!
To get the most out of the retinol, I would also make sure that all traces of the cleansing milk are removed from the skin. (Milky cleansers rarely rinse clean.)
The best hydrator in her repertoire is the By Terry, but she could easily swap that out for a more natural product such as Odacité Beautiful Day Moisturizer (reviewed here) or LXMI Crème du Nil Pore-Refining Moisture Veil (reviewed here). The Magic Cream I'd definitely avoid due to the homosalate, which is a hormone disruptor!
But even if she could make a few better product choices, there's no question that Emily's current lineup is producing beautiful results, and that she's got a healthy attitude to skincare (not to mention diet and exercise). Good skin doesn't always require tons of products, active ingredients and professional skin treatments. Less is often more!
What do you think of Emily's skincare routine?
Have you tried any of the products she uses?