Analeigh Tipton may not have become America’s Next Top Model (she came in third in cycle 11), but she just might become America’s next top actress. The wide-eyed 22-year-old owns her scenes as a believably awkward (if gorgeous) teenage babysitter in Crazy, Stupid, Love, starring Steve Carrell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone. We asked Tipton about her childhood figure skating competitions, Top Model, and what her beauty routine is now that she’s a burgeoning star.
Figure skating is one of those sports people get into early. How old were you? “Two-and-half, three. My skates had double blades. I think my mom really liked it because she got to dress me up in fluffy, glittery things.”
Skating beauty looks can be pretty wild. When did you start wearing makeup? “I remember being proud that I could put on lipstick at age five. I remember getting compliments, “You put on lipstick so well!” And I’d say, “Thank you! Let me do yours!” “No, no. It’s OK.” That’s usually how it would go. The makeup was different; there was a lot more glitter involved than [I would wear] now. I try to whip it out on Saturdays but it’s not a huge hit.”
You won your first CoverGirl commercial challenge on America’s Next Top Model. But in the second one, you forgot the lines. After so many auditions, do you think you’d sweep the competition today? “I think I would nail it. Well, I can say that—but you know what? I don’t know because the stress level was high. It would still be a gamble.”
Do you keep in touch with anyone from Top Model? “I do. I keep in touch with Marjorie, and McKey, who won my cycle, and Sam. Those girls are wonderful girls and they’re doing their own thing.”
So you’re auditioning a lot these days. Do you have a default look, or do you try to do hair and makeup that’s specific for that role? “When I first started auditioning for roles in Los Angeles, I was really into making sure my hair was perfect, my makeup, my wardrobe [for the role]. Now I try to go in as much “me” as possible and I’ll try to find where I am in the character and try to merge the two. But I really try to go in pretty naturally because the best thing I can bring to the role is me. If I get to into disguising myself as the character, I can lose that in a way.”
What is your natural look? “My hair down, and I have these side bangs now. I do light makeup and I always wear my lips dry. Just liquid blush and stain. I love stains; it’s just the freshest look you can have. It just kind of wakes you up. Oh! And I recently discovered mascara! I have really long eyelashes so I didn’t like to do anything with them. They get in my way, fall out, and I can’t put on glasses without them hitting the lenses. So, I’ve always had been angry with my eyelashes. But it’s amazing what curling can do. I don’t even need coffee anymore! I just put on some mascara and look like I got a full night’s sleep as opposed to the three hours I actually got.”
Wait, you were a model. How are you just discovering mascara now? “I never really paid attention. Whatever they did to me, I just kind of went with it. After sitting down and getting my make-up done the same way [as the same character] over and over and over, that’s when I started learning. Actually, it was on Crazy, Stupid, Love that they started curling my eyelashes everyday.”
Now you can’t go back. “Now I sleep with my eyelash curler by my bed.”
Want more Tipton? Check out what she had to say about her Crazy, Stupid, Love co-stars, hanging in the waiting room with other actresses trying out for the same role, and her Ke$ha-like dance moves in the September issue of Allure.
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