Actress Anya Taylor-Joy Never Wears Makeup Off Duty, and Always Uses Leave-In Conditioner

W’s April cover star shares her beauty secrets.

Photographs by Paolo Roversi, Styled by Edward Enninful

Anya Taylor-Joy, W’s April cover star, is quickly becoming a beauty trendsetter, thanks to her adventurous looks. But while the 21 year old loves playing with daring hair colors and playful makeup on the red carpet, Taylor-Joy prefers to be makeup free when she’s off duty. From her obsession with coconut water and leave-in conditioner, to her favorite avocado night cream and rose-infused face mask, here’s the Split star’s best beauty advice.

Your look in three words:

Natural. Happy. Free.

Medicine cabinet snapshot:

Not much! The more natural the products, the better. I love Neal’s Yard, especially their rose collection and their avocado night cream, which feels butter soft and luxurious.

A good hair day starts with:

My characters’ hair colors have ranged from silver to jet black so I’m a FIRM believer in leave-in conditioners. I bounce between products, but always make sure to put one in. My favorite hair days are ones where I’ve been to bed with a wet bun–shake it out dry in the morning and voila! Effortless, soft waves 🙂

Makeup miracles:

Unless I’m working, I don’t really wear makeup… I don’t have the skill! The most I’ll do is slick on some lipstick (deep purples or reds are my favorites) and whatever mascara my sister has in her cabinet.

A Brief History of Anya Taylor-Joy’s Dramatic Beauty Looks

Attending The Witch film premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, actress Anya Taylor-Joy wore her blonde hair in naturally tousled waves. She kept her makeup simple, accentuating her high cheekbones and natural brows.

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Wearing her blonde locks in a sleek side-parted half up do with dewy skin and a satin berry lip, Anya Taylor-Joy looked sleek and fashionable at the Chanel Dinner during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Anya Taylor-Joy wore her dark brown hair in a tousled bun at The Witch premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Her makeup was simple and romantic: a light smoky eye, a soft pink lip, and a hint of blush.

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At the BFI London Film Festival Awards in 2015, the actress wore her long brown hair in loose waves. A pop of red lipstick, and copper eyeshadow, finished off the ethereal look.

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Anya Taylor-Joy played with color at the premiere of A24’s The Witch at ArcLight Cinemas. The actress wore a lavender smoky eye with a fuchsia pink lip, while keeping her hair in a loose, wavy low ponytail.

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Attending the Saint Laurent show in 2016 at The Hollywood Palladium, actress Anya Taylor-Joy opted for a sleek look wearing a twisted, high pony with a dark smoky eye. Rocker chic.

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Taylor-Joy looked simple and chic with her newly chopped locks and luminous skin at the Burberry show during London Fashion Week Spring 2017.

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AT the IWC Gala in honor of The British Film Institute, Taylor-Joy wore her straight hair in a sleek, middle-parted do with a sparkly goth-burgundy lip.

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Looking fresh faced with a bright coral lip and luminous skin, the actress attended the AFI FEST 2016 in Hollywood.

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Back to blonde! Taylor-Joy attended the Split New York premiere, with her straight hair pinned back in a side part. She wore a a rosy pink blush and coordinating lip color.

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At the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards in 2017, Anya Taylor-Joy wore her blonde hair in a low, middle-parted ponytail. Her makeup was simple and luminous, with a natural smoky eye, rosy lip, and highlighted cheekbones.

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At the 2017 Elle Style Awards in London, Taylor-Joy wore her highlighted hair slicked back with a little volume at the root. She paired her fierce hairstyle with a classic red lip and a dramatic cat eye.

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Nails must be:

My two favorite colors are Essie’s Wicked and Devil’s Advocate.

Sheet mask or mud mask:

I love Neal’s Yard Rose Mask. It makes your skin feel like a glowy rosy cloud.

Bronzer or blush:

Neither! A good pinch and you’re ready to go 🙂

Beauty from the inside out:

I love soups and grains in the winter–so comforting and filling yet healthy. While I was shooting in Spain I also discovered my love of gazpacho–I would drink that all day, every day if I could!

Exercise obsession:

Just being active during the day! I try to walk to where I’m going if I have the time but otherwise… I truly believe that a good boogie a day keeps the doctor away.

Anya Taylor-Joy is a Goddess in Haute Couture

Anya Taylor-Joy wears a Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown.

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Valentino Haute Couture gown; Messika Paris earrings and ring.

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Armani Privé cape and dress; Tia Mazza veil. Beauty note: Prep for a plunging neckline with Chantecaille Rose de Mai Body Oil.

Chanel Haute Couture dress and feather bolero; Chanel Fine Jewelry earrings; Fabergé ring.

Dior Haute Couture dress.

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Givenchy Haute Couture dress; Giampiero Bodino earrings.

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Atelier Versace dress and sandals; Messika Paris earrings and bracelets; Boucheron ring.

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Elie Saab Haute Couture gown; Buccellati earrings.

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Ulyana Sergeenko coat and 
dress; Buccellati earrings. 
Beauty note: Dress eyes with Givenchy Liner Vinyl 
in Black Blue Ink.

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Cadolle briefs; Tia Mazza tulle and veil; (from left) Philip Treacy London flower headpiece; Ellen Christine Couture flower headpiece; Philip Treacy London hat; Bijou Van Ness feather comb; Patricia Underwood plume; Bulgari ring; Tiffany & Co. bracelet.

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Maison Margiela Artisanal Designed by John Galliano gown, headpiece, and boots.

Photographs by Paolo Roversi, Styled by Edward Enninful

Maison Margiela Artisanal Designed by John Galliano coat, hat, and boots.

Photographs by Paolo Roversi, Styled by Edward Enninful; Hair by Eugene Souleiman for Wella Professionals at Streeters; makeup by Val Garland at Streeters; manicure by Anatole Rainey at B Agency. Set design by Jean-Hugues de Chatillon. Produced by Blanche Stagnara for Prodn at Art and Commerce; digital technician: Matteo Miani; photography assistants: Jeremy Massa, Margherita Muriti, Chiara Vittorini; fashion assistants: Dena Giannini, Courtney Sostello, Winnie Rielly, India Leclery; hair assistant: Alfred Sackett; makeup assistant: Joey Choy.

Valentino Haute Couture dress. Beauty: Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude in Soft Beige, Statement Brow Defining Gel in Deep Brown, Eye Shadow Trio in Not So Nude, Lasting Impression Mascara in Lasting Black, Ceramide Cream Blush in Nectar, Eight Hour Cream Lip Sheer Tint in Blush.

Photograph by Paolo Roversi. Styled by Edward Enninful. Hair by Eugene Souleiman for Wella Professionals at Streeters; makeup by Val Garland at Streeters; manicure by Anatole Rainey at B Agency. Set design by Jean-Hugues de Chatillon.

Drink of choice:

Coconut water. After a plane ride or a night out, it’s a savior!

Product that you borrow from the boys:

Cologne. Big sweaters. Oversized jackets. Button-down shirts as dresses. A lot .

Product that you picked up from the pros:

Pamela Pietzman, my witty and beautiful makeup artist on Split, introduced me to Dr. Hauschka’s mini products–they are perfect for arriving bright eyed and bushy tailed after a flight. And my darling Natalie Eleni taught me the importance of an aromatherapy room spray as it instantly makes you feel more calm and comfortable.

A woman should smell like:

I’ve been mixing my own scents for a while–I love the combination of rose, black pepper, patchouli and a drop of sweet orange and sandlewood… Mmmm yum.

Spa-cation at:

Either the mountains or the ocean. The air in either is simply good for the soul.

In-tub must-read:

I love poetry–especially beat or from the romantics. Light some candles, throw on some jazz and add a generous amount of bubbles… Heaven.

Best advice from mom:

Don’t let anyone touch your eyebrows or cut your cuticles.

Anya Taylor-Joy Is One to Watch on the Red Carpet

Anya Taylor Joy attends The Witch premiere during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in a shearling coat and opaque tights.

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Anya Taylor-Joy attends the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Chanel Artists’ Dinner at Balthazar in a coordinating white top and skirt.


The young actress looks bohemian in a long, flowing purple dress with her hair piled on top of her head.

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Anya Taylor-Joy looks like a rock star at the Saint Laurent show in Los Angeles on February 10, 2016.

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Anya Taylor-Joy arrives at the Miu Miu show on October 7, 2015 in a striped coat and embellished skirt by the brand.

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The nude-colored dress has an almost gothic vibe with tattoo-like embroidery that works well against the actress’s fair skin.


Taylor-Joy arrives at the premiere of her debut film The Witch at ArcLight Cinemas on February 11, 2016 in a frilly blue mini-dress.

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Taylor-Joy attends the Miu Miu show at part of Paris Fashion Week on March 9, 2016 in a long purple coat by the brand.

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Taylor-Joy attends the 11th Annual Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner in Chanel, of course.


At the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle’s Annual Celebration of the Toronto International Film Festival, Taylor-Joy was glamorous in an embellished, eclectic gown.

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Taylor-Joy was elegant at the Burberry September 2016 show during London Fashion Week, wearing a floor-length pale blue silk skirt.

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Anya Taylor-Joy attends the [Gucci Spring 2017 show at Milan Fashion Week] in a colorful look that designer Alessandro Michele is known for. (

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Taylor-Joy attends the IWC Gala in honor of The British Film Institute at Rosewood Hotel in 2016 in a look that is equal parts goth and girly.

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Taylor-Joy arrives at a screening of her film Split in a festive suit–a fun alternative to the traditional gown.

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The actress pulls off mixed prints with aplomb at a photo call for Split in 2017.

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A frilled black skirt and cap-sleeved leopard print top pairs well with a side ponytail. 2017.

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Taylor-Joy took a turn for the dramatic in a feathered Gucci gown emblazoned with a pair of swans and floral print. 2017.

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The actress wore a celestial print jumpsuit by Schiaparelli to the New York premiere of Split. 2017.

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A casual look for the actress, complete with snow boots, at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

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The actress paired a sequined mini dress with black accessories, including ankle-strap pumps and a belt to cinch the waist, for a pre-BAFTAs party. 2017.

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Another Gucci moment for Taylor-Joy, this time in a shocking violet hue, at a cocktail party to launch new film series The Performers. 2017.

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Simple in nude, Taylor-Joy was a true star in this printed number at the BAFTA 2017 Film Gala Dinner.

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A tough take on the ballerina tutu, Taylor-Joy paired a buttoned-up tulle dress with embellished heels. 2017.

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Suiting up in head-to-toe marron, Taylor-Joy took in the Mulberry Fall 2017 runway show as part of London Fashion Week.

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Taylor-Joy looked super chic in a tuxedo mini-dress paired with architectural booties at the Elle Style Awards 2017.

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Go big or go home. That was the style motto behind the actress’s 2017 BAFTA dress, a tiered Gucci confection complete with a sequined lion.

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For the Christopher Kane Fall 2017 show, Taylor-Joy paired a leopard-print dress with simple black accessories, including strappy heels. 2017.

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