You may not have noticed—especially under heavy looks like this—but Olivia Culpo has a seriously gorgeous complexion. And as you'll soon see, she really works at it!
The 25-year-old former Miss Universe turned actress and "influencer" is a self-proclaimed beauty junkie who has struggled with both cystic acne and dryness, due to frequent flying. But even looking at her skin close-up, you'd never know it.
"In my early 20s, I began experiencing breakouts from stress, poor diet, travelling, and not getting enough sleep," she told Byrdie. "Stress affects every area of life including sleep, hormones and diet. Travel can be really taxing on the body overall, and, for me, I found it was really drying out my skin. I began to develop cystic acne. After making a few lifestyle changes and switching up my skincare routine, my skin has been crystal clear."
Surprisingly, Olivia is not one of those celebs who rely on a trusted facialist and a carefully-edited routine from two or three brands. Nope, Olivia mixes and matches high-end products with natural remedies and tons of beauty gadgets—plus facials from Kate Somerville, Nurse Jamie and Skin Worship.
Here's what's involved in her routine:
Olivia's Morning Skincare Routine
Water: "I don't do too much in the morning. I actually don't even wash my face, just rinse it with water."
2. Eye Cream:
Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm: "The first thing I do when I get up is use Kate Somerville's under-eye de-puff stick."
Ingredients: Water, Propanediol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Goat Milk Powder, Lactose, Milk Protein, Manuka (Leptospermum) Honey Extract, Jojoba Oil PEG-150 Esters, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Extract, Polianthes Tuberosa Callus Extract, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Menthoxypropanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lactic Acid.
La Mer The Eye Balm Intense: "Then, I will put on La Mer eye cream. I think it's really important to invest in areas where skin is delicate."
Ingredients: Water, Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Shea Butter, Butylene Glycol, Polyethylene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Malachite, Polybutene, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Silica, Trisiloxane, Yeast Extract, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Gelidium Cartilagineum Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Sesame Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Sesame Seed, Alfalfa Seed Powder, Sunflower Seedcake, Sweet Almond Seed Meal, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Tocopheryl Succinate, Niacin, St. Paul’s Wort Extract, Whey Protein, Sucrose, Palm Oil, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glyceryl Distearate, Tetraacetylphytosphingosine, Linoleic Acid, Sorbitol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Steareth-10, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocotrienols, Hexylene Glycol, Phytosphingosine, Isododecane, Tocopherol, Squalane, Propylene Glycol Dioctanoate, Phytosterols, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Carbomer, Fragrance, Tourmaline, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Blue 1, Yellow 5, Titanium Dioxide, Green 5
3. Tinted Moisturizer with SPF:
Revision Skincare Intellishade Anti-Aging Tinted Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 45 (mixed with Dior Hydraction Deep Hydration Skin Tint, discontinued): "I use about a dime-size amount of each. I love the colour and coverage when I mix the two. Plus, they have both have SPF, which is great to protect your skin throughout the day."
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Titanium Dioxide 3.5%, Zinc Oxide 3%. Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Jojoba Esters, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Betula Alba (White Birch) Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Plankton Extract, Beeswax, Dimethicone, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lecithin, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5, Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea, Trifluoroacetate, Yeast Extract (Faex), Boron Nitride, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Ubiquinone, Jojoba Bean Meal, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Isostearate, Chlorphenesin, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Chloride, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Iron Oxides.
Kiehl's Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream SPF 50: "I love Kiehl's tinted moisturizer. It's very hydrating and sheer, which I like for minimal coverage. I really try to be diligent about keeping my face out of the sun, or at least try to be diligent about wearing SPF. Even after one day in the sun, I'll notice more freckles on my skin."
Active Ingredients: Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%, Titanium Dioxide 4.5%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Silica, Nylon-12, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tribehenin, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Adenosine, Aluminum Hydroxide. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide
Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster: "If I'm feeling a bit dull in the morning, I'll add a couple of drops of Clarins Glow Booster to my moisturizer."
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Dihydroxyacetone, Alcohol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Erythrulose, Xanthan Gum, Caramel, Citric Acid, Ethylene Brassylate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.
5. Face Mist:
La Mer The Mist: "I'll use La Mer's beauty hydrating spray. That's pretty much it."
Ingredients: Declustered Water (-) Aqua Eau De-Structure (-), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sucrose, Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Sodium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Tocopheryl Succinate, Niacin, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Powder, Caffeine, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-4, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Sodium Citrate, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Red 33 (CI 17200), Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730)
Evian Mineral Water Spray: "I like to carry around a hydrating spray, like Evian. It doesn't have to be expensive, but it will keep skin hydrated. Your makeup can get really baked on when it's hot out, so you can get more of a dewy look if you incorporate a hydrating spray."
Olivia's Evening Skincare Routine
Murad Essential-C Cleanser: "At night—every single night—I use my Clarisonic and a cleanser, like the Murad Essential-C cleanser, to take off my makeup."
Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Chitosan, Rice Amino Acids, Zinc Aspartate, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Lactose, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Propyl Gallate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Limonene, Linalool, Orange Oil, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Basil Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Galbanum Resin Oil, Fragrance, Iron Oxides (CI 77492).
Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System: "Nothing cleans my skin as well as it does. Even if I go a day without using it, I see a difference in my skin. It removes makeup so well and so much better than your hands alone. I don't have to worry about getting a blemish or the makeup clogging my pores."
Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash: "I start with a Clarisonic and then I use Kate Somerville gentle face wash."
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Acrylates Copolymer, , Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG/PPG-8/3 Diisostearate, Glycerin, Silicone Quaternium-8, Saponins, Butylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Potasium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorophenesin, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Linalool, Limonene.
Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda: "I asked her to get some baking soda to keep in her bathroom and use a pinch together with a pump of cleanser as a gentle scrub two to three times per week. This keeps the skin from getting clogged, tricks the bacteria by altering the pH of the skin, and the added bonus is, it's a skin brightener as well." — facialist Leslie Kritzer
Lancer The Method: Polish: "I love using Dr. Lancer's polish scrub."
Ingredients: Butylene Glycol, Sodium Bicarbonate, PEG-8, Magnesium Oxide, Glycerin, Oleth-20, Trihydroxystearin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Silica, Alaria Escilenta Extract, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatim Fruit Ferment Extract, Helianthis Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water (Aqua), Linalool.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel: "For more of a peel, I use Dr. Dennis Gross' Alpha Beta Peel."
Step One Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 40-B), Glycolic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Copper PCA, Zinc PCA, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate. Step 2 Ingredients: Water, Sodium Bicarbonate, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone, Achillea Millefolium Extract , Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Phospholipids, Copper PCA, Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Octoxynol-9, Simethicone, Alcohol, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol.
3. Face Massager:
Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller: "It is basically just a roller that you can use after washing your face. It helps to stimulate the collagen, and it's incredible. It is one of my favourite tools."
Witch Hazel: "When I do start to notice a blemish forming, I immediately clean the area. I'll use my daily face wash, but also use witch hazel after to really make sure I remove all dirt and oil."
Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel) Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract
5. Spot Treatment:
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: "I'll use [it] after witch hazel. I even sleep with this on a breakout to dry it out."
Ingredients: Isopropyl Alcohol, Aqua (Water, Eau), Calamine, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Sulfur, Camphor, Talc, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid.
Tea Tree Oil: "It helps lighten the red marks, produce new cells in the skin, and get rid of any sort of redness from any sort of breakouts I might have."
Ingredients: 100% pure tea tree oil
Adore Cosmetics Vitamin C Targeted Age Correcting Serum: "I've been using Adore's Vitamin C serum to get rid of red marks, which I think is really important for the spring and summer when you're out in the sun more. You want to make sure you get rid of any dark spots and are protecting your skin against any pigmentation."
Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum: "I've also been using Dr. Sturm serum."
Ingredients: Echium Plantagineum, Sunflower Extract, Cardiospermum Extract, Purslane, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream: "I use Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream after I spot-treat."
Ingredients: Glycerin, Aqua/Water/Eau, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Stearate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Olus Oil (Vegetable Oil/Huile Végétale), Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, C20-40 Alcohols, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cera Alba (Beeswax/Cire D'abeille), Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Parfum (Fragrance), Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Squalane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Retinol, Peg-8, Caramel, Tocopherol, Daphne Odora Callus Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Ubiquinone, Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Benzoic Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Red 33 (Ci 17200), Yellow 6 (Ci 15985), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140).
Eucerin Aquaphor: "If I'm really, really dry or travelling, I'll use Aquaphor on top of my night cream."
Active Ingredient: Petrolatum (41%). Inactive Ingredients: Mineral oil, ceresin, lanolin alcohol, panthenol, glycerin, bisabolol.
Coconut Oil: "Coconut oil is really my biggest beauty secret. Sometimes, I'll use coconut oil on my face on top of my moisturizer if I'm extra dry."
8. Eye Cream:
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue: "For under-eye, I'll either use Charlotte Tilbury or Dr. Sturm, but either one of those products for me is really good."
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Olus Oil (Vegetable Oil/ Huile Végétale), Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Peg-8, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sorbitan Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Olive Oil Peg-7 Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Saccharide Isomerate, C12-16 Alcohols, Cera Alba (Beeswax/ Cire D'abeille ), Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, , Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Palmitic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Disodium Edta, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Superoxide Dismutase, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Pca, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinol, Daphne Odora Callus Extract, Sodium Dextran Sulfate, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Aluminum Hydroxide, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci77491, Ci 77492).
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Betaine, Panthenol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Mica, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Pantolactone, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)
Olivia's Skincare Treatments
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask: "I layer on masks and sometimes I'll even sleep in one! SK-II makes the best sheet mask. I definitely use masks more frequently when I'm travelling."
Ingredients: Aqua (Water/ Eau), Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate**, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Salicylate, Methylparaben, Disodium Edta. *Pitera.
Hanacure The All-in-One Facial: "It's literally the best and most uplifting mask I've ever tried. It's brand-new and it's so, so good."
DIY Avocado and Honey Mask: "I love making a face mask out of avocado and honey. The vitamin E in the avocado is really, really hydrating and the honey is antibacterial. I notice that in the winter my skin is way more sensitive and I get red more easily, and this helps with that, too."
Dermal Impression Tool:
Nurse Jamie Beauty Stamp: "It stimulates collagen and minimizes pore size."
Blue Light Therapy:
Sirius Pulsar Blemish Clearing Device: "Since my breakouts were more cystic and under the skin, this was really helpful for me. The blue light helped kill bacteria that was much deeper than on the surface of the skin."
Kate Somerville: "Facials can get pretty pricey and lately, I've been loving Kate Somerville."
Nurse Jamie: "Facials at Nurse Jamie LA are on another level."
Skin Worship Retinol Infusion Peel: "It's unique because it avoids damaging the outer surface by penetrating several high-dose active ingredients into the dermis through liposomal delivery. The one drawback is that you have to leave with an orange face and it should stay on the skin for at least six to eight hours. The day after, the skin feels a little tight and wind burned, and by day two or three the skin begins flaking. It really isn't bad though, and the skin is rejuvenated and glowing in a week's time!" — facialist Leslie Kritzer
Olivia's Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle
"To help with my breakouts, I started by changing my diet. I tried to incorporate more greens and cut out dairy. This made such a difference. To be honest, I have a major sweet tooth and I love ice cream. Ice cream has both sugar and dairy, which can be really hard for your body to digest. Once I cut this out of my diet for a while and added more greens, my skin began to clear up."
"I also try to be cautious about monitoring my salt and alcohol intake when I have a big event coming up. That stuff just comes right out and shows up on your skin."
"I drink about a gallon of water every day. It seems really basic, but it makes such a big difference."
Olly Flawless Complexion: "I take them every day, and that plus my regular routine has made my skin look better than it has in months. I think it's because [the gummies] are packed with purifying antioxidants."
"I recently started to go to a personal trainer and that's really been a game-changer for me—I've seen a real difference in my body. That's just a couple of times a week though, so on the other days I'll go to SoulCycle, FlyBarre or Pilates, or I'll just run on the treadmill or go on a hike."
"Yoga has really been a lifesaver! It has really helped with relaxation, sleep and balance between work and social life."
"I started meditating when I was 18 years old. My mom actually introduced it to me, and my older sister is a yoga instructor. I do fall in and out of it—it's really hard to do it every single day like you're supposed to—but I find that when I do take 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes before bed, it makes a huge difference in my day-to-day life."
So how do you think Olivia's skin looks in this photo, where it's apparently almost foundation-free?
I don't think you can get that kind of glow from makeup! So despite having one of the more involved regimens we've seen in these celebrity skincare routines, it's paying off.
You know who else doesn't wash her face in the morning? The age-defying Salma Hayek. So Olivia's probably onto something there. The other thing that struck me is that she doesn't shy away from moisture, despite dealing with the occasional breakout. I'm a big advocate of layering, so all the creams, masks and mists no doubt keep her face looking plump and dewy. I think a lot of us with similar skin concerns could learn from that!
I also think it's great that she's so diligent about wearing SPF (even though I think mineral sunscreens are safer) and removing her makeup. And the baking soda tip is intriguing; we've heard about it before from Biologique Recherche. I'm also dying to try those Nurse Jamie beauty gadgets!
So what would I change about this routine? Being an "influencer" (don't you just loathe that word?), Olivia does strike me as someone who is always trying the latest thing, and is often PAID to do so. A lot of these moisturizers may be trendy, but I personally think they could cause long-term harm to the skin, thanks to the high seed oils, petroleum and/or petroleum byproducts like dimethicone. Those ingredients alone could be aggravating her tendency toward acne, pigmentation and dehydration.
Speaking of breakouts, I also don't recommend blue light therapy, which is toxic—red wavelengths are MUCH safer. And that darned dairy issue keeps coming up again! Both sugar and dairy products are powerful metabolism-boosters, which can expose nutrient deficiencies, namely vitamin A in the case of skin. If dairy is tolerated well, there's no need to give up an entire food group; rather, acne can be improved by increasing intake of vitamin A.
For now, anyway, it looks like she has things well under control—and I hope we see more of this fresh-faced new look!
What do you think of Olivia's skincare routine?
Have you tried any of the products she uses?