Whenever Sunday comes we are overwhelmed with sadness, knowing that it is not a Euphoria Sunday – and worse yet, another one won’t arrive until 2024. However, we fill the void as best we can, following the characters’ real-life counterparts. Sydney Sweeney, who plays Cassie on the show, for example, has never been this busy. She recently finished filming National anthem (which also includes Halsey and Simon Rex in the cast), the film for which she dyed her hair red, and later reverted to her signature blonde. On Sunday, she walked the red carpet at Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles, then immediately got red eyes to be in New York to talk to NYLON on everything related to beauty and her new collaboration with Laneige. There seems to be no rest for Sweeney.
If at least one thing has been fixed, this is her current skincare routine. Despite struggling with cystic acne from a young age, she says her beauty routines have been transformed, “pretty much in the last two or three years,” thanks to her progress “with the help of several makeup artists I’ve worked with. set and having more knowledge than I’ve ever had access to before Euphoria‘s Cassie, who famously has an extensive head-to-toe strut routine that takes three hours before high school classes begin, Sweeney only sticks to a few key skincare products that don’t irritate her skin and barely wears makeup if it’s not working. When she was asked if she had a philosophy of beauty in her life, she Sweeney simply replies: “Less is more”.
Below, Sweeney talks to NYLON to understand what works for her skin, her new collaboration with Laneige, and the best makeup she has ever learned on set.
Did you always like beauty growing up?
I do not. I wasn’t allowed to use makeup until I was about 13, and then I was only allowed to use face powder. I didn’t know much about skin care either: I think my mom started having my face washed when I had acne at an early age.
How would you say your teenage beauty routine compared to yours Euphoria character, Cassie?
In high school I was just doing my best. I haven’t used many tools. Until recently, it was a lot of random products. I have cystic acne and I have a tendency to choose. I’d make myself bleed and leave terrible, terrible marks. I remember going to the bathroom at lunchtime and seeing what my face with acne makeup looked like after choosing it, so I started going to school with patches on my face. I would try to make them up thinking it was less noticeable than the real marks.
When did skin care start making sense to you?
For the past two or three years. A lot of things came with the help of several makeup artists I’ve worked with on sets and having more knowledge than I’ve ever had access to before. I had time, especially during the quarantine, to learn my skin and let it breathe and really try the products. It was then that I became really obsessed with Laneige. Donni too [Davy, Euphoria head makeup artist] was like “What are you doing different to your face?”
What is your skincare routine like now?
Literally my number one thing – I’ll preach it – is always, always wash your face. It’s for acne, aging, everything. I mean, I’m not a doctor or anything, but I know if you sleep with makeup on, it’s not good for your skin. I use the Laneige Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser, then I put on their Blue Hyaluronic Serum and then the Water Bank Cream Moisturizer. At night I will also use their sleep mask and then also the sleep mask for the lips.
Do you wear makeup every day?
No. If I feel I need it, I’ll use some Armani Beauty concealer and some Armani Eyes to Kill mascara – it’s amazing.
What was your favorite trick Euphoria?
It’s from the first season. I loved the look of ice skating when they put jewels on my face. It was so beautiful.
Does being on a show with such a funny makeup make you want to try it in your spare time?
I was very nervous about trying new things and, during the show, I felt much more comfortable experimenting with different colors of eyeshadow, eyeliner shapes and lipsticks. She put me out of my comfort zone in a good way. There are days when, if I have nothing to do, I’ll draw everything on my face and see what happens.
Do you ever send a photo to Donni? Ask if she approves?
I usually send it to Maude. I’ll be like “Maude, what do you think?” And she’ll be confused, like “What are you doing?”
Is there a particular beauty tip that you picked up on set and started using in your life?
It was the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I have tried many different foundations for years. I don’t really know why, but when I put the foundation on my face it started to separate. Donni showed it to me on Euphoriathen my makeup artist, Mel [Melissa Hernandez]I started using it on myself for carpets and it’s great.
You no longer have strawberry blonde hair. When did it change?
I’ve actually been red for a long time and nobody knew it because I was hiding my hair, and then all of a sudden I saw everyone blush. I thought, everyone will think I’m following this trend! It was for a role I had just finished, for National anthem. I also cut my bangs and had great curly hair with red. But once I wrapped it up, I’m done with her. I wanted to go back to blond. It was actually closer to my natural hair color, which is chestnut, mixed with some red, and then towards the summer I get this beautiful blonde sheen. Growing up, my mom loved my hair color. She was so mad at me when I dyed it blonde for the first time.
What do you do for your nails?
I worked with Zola [Ganzorigt] – has been my nail beautician – for almost a year and I love her. Let’s create lots of fun nail looks together. These are my natural nails and I will say that she takes amazing care of them, because I think anyone else would drop my nails because I do them every two or three days. It is usually for different events. I really believe that nails are like an accessory, so if there is a different outfit there are different nails.
Are there any beauty trends right now that you still want to try?
I don’t really know what the trends are right now! I don’t go on social media much. I’m going to look at old Hollywood photos and references and somehow take inspiration from that. Anything from the 1940s and 1950s.
How long have you been trying to stay away from social media?
It is recent. I don’t really have time right now. If I get sucked in, I lose count of everything I have to do. I’m trying to stay focused.
Is there anything else you try to do to take care of yourself?
I drink a lot of water, it’s like everything I drink. But I’m still trying to work on taking care of myself and taking some time for myself. They are not there yet. So when someone is like, what do you do for wellness? I’m like, oh, I don’t yet.