Why Kristen Bell Is “Over Being Blonde” — Interview

OK, so now she’s left me in suspense about both eye cream and Gossip Girl. The woman can keep a secret. But Bell was willing to confess something else: “To be honest, I am over being blonde.” It’s hard to picture Bell as anything but. She was a brunette in Burlesque, and there was that one time she went a little red for Veronica Mars — “We all hated it, so there’s, like, two episodes where I’m fully wearing a kerchief,” she recalls — but over the course of about two decades in the public eye, she has almost always been seen with bright blonde hair. 

However, after filming the upcoming Netflix miniseries The Woman in the House, her feelings about her hair color have shifted. “I put a bang piece on, and I took my hair pretty much to its absolute natural color,” she says. “My roots are like a very dirty blonde, and I am loving it. I don’t foresee going back to bright blonde. I think I’m going to, for a while, stick with my au naturel dirty, dirty, dirty blonde light brown.”

Chances are, Bell won’t have to change much about her everyday makeup routine if she decides to stick with a darker hair color, considering her everyday makeup routine is borderline nonexistent. “In daily life, I don’t really wear anything. Even if I do, it’ll always look like I’m not,” she says, citing Tata Harper’s Vitamin Infused Cream Blush, Charlotte Tilbury Hyaluronic Happikiss in Pillow Talk (she loves HA, that Kristen Bell), and brown mascara. Eyeliner doesn’t even make it into the equation.

Tata Harper Vitamin Infused Cream Blush

Charlotte Tilbury Hyaluronic Happikiss

“Eyeliners, and especially that inner ring of the eye — it’s not for me because my eyes are so small,” she says. “When I see myself in a red carpet picture where I’ve lined the inside of my eye, I’m like, ‘Girl. Girl. Was the mirror not working?’ Come on.”

If she ever gets the opportunity to play her hypothetical Broadway dream role, however, some intense eyeliner may be unavoidable. “I want Adina [Menzel] and I to do a musical version of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” she says of her Frozen costar. “I mean, wouldn’t that be epic? And we play like we just hate each other, be mean to each other in a fun way the whole musical. Maybe one day, in like 25 years, we’ll take that on.”

It pains me to think I’ll have to wait a quarter of a century to see that, but I’m happy to report that you don’t have to wait nearly as long to enjoy Bell’s latest project, Happy Dance Look Alive Face Moisturizer + CBD. It launches at Ulta Beauty for $29 on July 15.

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