Troye Sivan on Preparing for “The Idol,” His Makeup Muse, and Being a U.S. Ambassador for YSL Beauty

TV: Now that you’ve transitioned into the acting world, has your beauty routine changed with all the time spent in the makeup chair for filming?

TS: Because I’m wearing makeup consistently because we’re filming all the time, I just put even more of an emphasis on taking care of my skin. What else I’ve been doing is steaming, which I think is like such a skin and beauty hack. I either go to the gym and steam afterwards, or I will use a facial steamer at home. It makes you kind of have that shiny, dewy baby skin look that I love. But, basically I just realized that if I am wearing makeup every single day, I need to be taking care of my skin.

TV: Who is your ultimate beauty role model right now?

TS: At the moment, I would say the makeup artist that we’re working with on The Idol, the TV show that I’m doing, Kirsten Coleman. She is iconic, literally iconic, and comes up with these looks on the fly and they’re always super creative and beautiful. I adore working with her. I have big fantasies about her doing a full beat on me one day. So we’ll see if that happens. Also Lily Rose Depp, who is in the show with me, I think she’s just got this effortless, everyday face that I am obsessed with. It’s so sultry, but also casual at the same time.

TV: Everything about your career so far really feels like it’s been all about authenticity. You can see it in everything you’ve done, whether it’s the music you release, the acting roles that you choose, or even the way you design your home. How does this Troye-esque edge factor into the YSL campaign?

TS: I realized really early on, probably because I started on YouTube, that the stuff that I felt the best putting out happened to coincide with the stuff that people were responding to. And the common thread was that it was authentic. It was real. I learned then people are smart, and they can feel it when something is genuine and when it’s not. If it’s not genuine and authentic, why do it? Like, what’s the point? As a creative, it’s just not exciting to me. That’s why I think something like YSL Beauty is so exciting, because it is so authentic. The Nu collection is something that I am using everyday at the moment, it has achieved everything that I want to achieve in an everyday look.

TV: Why YSL Beauty?

TS: YSL Beauty to me has always had a real edge that I appreciate. It feels useful and innovative, which is how I think makeup should feel. It’s very chic and very cool. I’m really proud to be a part of the brand’s history, especially alongside Barbie [Ferreira] and Indya [Moore]. I feel honored to be a part of this little family. It just makes me feel hot. And honestly, I think that’s a really good place to start.

Vandana Pawa

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