Interview by Amy Evangelista
Beauty: PAULY BLANCH @ Opus Beauty using Chanel Les Beiges
Photography: THOM KERR
Hair: IGGY ROSALES using extensions from The Hair Shop
Stylist: MONTY JACKSON @ The Wall Group
Manicurist: LISA PENA-WONG @ Opus Beauty
Talent: SKYLER SAMUELS
It’s no secret that manifesting from child star to accomplished actor in showbiz is no easy feat. While most of us were trying to socially adapt and get our geography down in the fourth grade, Skyler Samuels was already getting her first taste of Disney Channel stardom with guest starring roles on “Wizards of Waverly Place” and “That’s So Raven”. The steady flow of appearances and movie roles catapulted Skyler to starring in her own ABC family series “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” followed by a leading role in Ryan Murphy’s primetime network TV show “Scream Queens” – where she played a sorority girl fleeing the grasps of a campus serial killer.
In true life imitating art, the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority member took a break from acting to return to her studies and has now graduated from the highly regarded Stanford University. Laud talks all things beauty with Skyler including her evolution as an actress, her blossoming relationship with fashion and her latest business venture the “stylist on demand” app Tipster.
Skincare & foundation: Cle De Peau Beauté
Eyes: Make Up For Ever pigments.
Blush: Hourglass Cosmetics
Highlights: Hourglass Cosmetics
Lips Marc Jacobs lip liner
The Hair Shop Mono Lace 14”
Skincare & foundation: Cle De Peau Beauté
Highlight: Hourglass Cosmetics
Lips: Hourglass Cosmetics
Body: Prtty Peaushun
The Hair Shop Skinny Clip-ins in 18”
What are your thoughts on the transition from child actor to being an adult in Hollywood?
In the transition from a child actor to a being an adult in Hollywood, patience is key. There was a weird phase where I felt like I didn’t fit in anywhere, like I was too old for high school but too young to play an adult. It definitely took patience to grow with my job and accept the journey along the way. But it was in this phase that I learned some of my best lessons about life and work. It’s challenging to grow up on screen, but I feel like at almost twenty three years old I’ve finally settled in to being an adult.
What steps do you take to develop the character you are playing?
With any character I play, I try to gather as much information about them as I can to really have context about their life, to help understand why they are who they are, even things as simple as how they take their coffee. It’s the little details about characters that, to me, make a character a real person who is relatable and authentic. I also try to emphasise with at least one part of the character I’m playing. I’ll identify something we have in common, big or small, because it helps me better understand and embrace their perspective when embodying the character.
Have any qualities from characters you’ve played ever left the set with you?
Absolutely. I think one of the biggest benefits of growing up on screen was having lots of characters to learn from. When I was a teenager I did a show called “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” and I distinctly remember learning to be braver in my real life when I played Chloe.
I try to carry that sense of bravery with me every day.
I’ve learned something about myself from every character I’ve played, which is why I love my job so much.
It never stops challenging me, and it constantly forces me to evolve.
we are so wonderfully complicated
and we should embrace it.”
What is your definition of beautiful?
I don’t feel or see it as a cliché to say that beauty comes from within. I really do believe that. I think of beauty as a light that shines from the inside out, that what we see on the outside is only a reflection of what’s within. The most beautiful people I know in life are happy, compassionate, intelligent human beings who are unapologetically themselves. I think we limit ourselves when we think of beauty as only being some external aesthetic. We’re human, we are so wonderfully complicated, and we should embrace it.
Tell us about your app Tipster. How did it come about?
Tipster is a mobile iOS app that operates as the personal stylist in your pocket. My co-founder Andrew Duplessie and I created Tipster based on the philosophy that confidence is key when it comes to feeling our best. So we enlisted 800 stylists from hair, makeup/skincare, and fashion who are available to chat with users seeking a little style advice for an extra confidence boost. I certainly can be very hard on myself, as I’m sure we all can, especially when we are getting ready for a big date or job interview. Tipster serves as a safe place where I can talk to an expert about needing a little help in the hair/ beauty/ fashion department so I can feel extra confident about looking and feeling my best.
One thing in your closet you absolutely cannot live without?
I’m always on the go so usually all my outfits are day-to-night ones, so my hero piece is my Sandro black leather biker jacket. I wear it everyday, even in the summer. I live in it.
What beauty products do you always travel with?
I always travel with Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate face scrub, Josie Marin’s Argan Oil Illuminating Wand, and Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil to ensure I always have a glow on the go.
Is there a beauty product out right now you feel is overrated?
I love playing with beauty products, there’s not much I wouldn’t try. But as a lover of beauty products, I don’t believe that the more expensive the product the better it is. I think clean ingredients are important and if it works for your skin, it’s a win no matter what the product is or how much it costs.
What’s your nighttime skin regimen like?
I am a huge advocate for skincare, so my nighttime skin regimen is a ritual. I wash my face with Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Cleanser using a Foreo face brush (the Foreo leaves my skin super smooth and clean). Then I use a PH Balancing Toner by Milla Moursi to make sure my face is extra clean. After that I apply what I call the Kate Somerville ‘dream team’, which is the Dermal Quench Liquid Lift, the Oil Free Serum, the Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream and the Goat Milk Eye Balm. This keeps my skin soft and clear when I wake up in the morning.
Do you think there is such a thing as preventative measures for ageing skin or are we doomed to a life of Botox?
I definitely believe in preventive measures for ageing skin. I’m super fair so I’ve spent my entire life in sunscreen, but I think that sun protection is crucial for all skin types, it’s one of the most ageing agents for our skin. I’m also a believer that a little love goes a long way.
Do you have a makeup hack you can share with us?
I use a little highlighter all over my face to get an even glow. And I brush my eyebrows—sounds strange, but it’s truly game changing to get instantly fluffy brows.
If you could be cast to play a role, TV, theatre or movie, past or present, who would you be?
I’m obsessed with La La Land; I’ve seen it five times already. I would love to have played Mia in that movie; to me it’s the perfect movie that has a little bit of everything. And Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are magnificent together. It’s a masterpiece.
Who is the most influential person alive at this moment and time?
Wow, that’s a big question. I don’t know that I can speak on behalf of all humanity. I will say, I think one of the most influential women in Hollywood and in my life right now is Amy Schumer. I’m a huge fan of hers, but I really admire how she’s knocked down walls for women by changing what it means to be a beautiful, successful woman. Amy is someone who inspires me to embrace honesty and stop apologising, which is something I think a lot of women struggle with. It’s incredibly liberating to watch Amy take on the world and dispel stereotypes and expectations for women everywhere.
What’s one question you never get asked but wish you did?
I wish people asked me about my dog Matey. I am obsessed with him and could talk about him for hours. It’s probably why people don’t ask lol.
What’s next for Skyler Samuels?
I’m happy to say that big adventures lie ahead. At the moment they are of a secretive nature, but all I can say is that I’m incredibly excited about this year.
Follow Skyler Samuels on instagram: @skylersamuels Tipster now available from the App store on Apple