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Five minutes in on a call with Adria Arjona, and it’s clear she’s a free spirit. We talk about how she believes everything happens for a reason and how, whether it’s good and bad, those experiences shape who you are as person. It’s no wonder then that Armani Beauty tapped the actor—who you probably recognize as Jules from Pacific Rim: Uprising and Emily from the second season of True Detective—as the face of its new fragrance, My Way. 

The ethos behind the perfume and its new campaign is “I am what I live,” a call to soak up the best of what life has to offer—and a mantra that undoubtedly carries new weight as our lives continue to shift with the ongoing precautions surrounding COVID-19. 

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Facial or massage?

Massage! I’m so picky when it comes to facials—I need to know what products you are using on my skin and where are they coming from. So I think, with my body, I’m a little more relaxed about it and also it just reenergizes you. When I get a facial, I’m like, Ah, I wish she would’ve touched my shoulders!

Screw, marry, kill: Mascara, lipstick, highlighter.

Kill highlighter for sure, marry lipstick, and screw mascara.

If you could change one thing about beauty perceptions, what would it be?

The perception of perfection really, really rubs me the wrong way just because it’s nonexistent. I think a lot of people don’t realize, or may realize but don’t understand, that we have super-talented makeup artists, hairstylists, and stylists that put us all together and make us look perfect for that one picture. And that picture we post was picked out of a hundred. Or it was edited. 

What women are inspiring you most right now?

AOC for sure. She is such a powerful and intelligent woman, and she happens to be beautiful. She’s who I look up to right now in terms of a powerful woman who isn’t afraid to say what she wants to say. I also love Ashley Graham. She inspires me to say what’s on my mind and not care what people think about it. She’s funny, smart, and I love the way she shares with absolute honesty about what motherhood actually is. 

Finally, what’s the best beauty advice your mom ever gave you?

I think just to be true to myself, you know? My mom loves these really funky colors and sometimes I’m like, “Mom, you’re wearing green on your eyes, what are you doing?” And she’s like, “That’s me, that’s what I felt like using.” She’s taught me that if something resonates with you, it’s important to go with that initial gut and not necessarily what’s on trend at the moment.

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Talia Gutierrez is the beauty assistant at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @taliamichelee.

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