Elle met up with Perry at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles this week to hear about her latest scent, ‘Mad Potion’, and her secret ingredient. “Vanilla, they say, is an aphrodisiac” says Perry.
Perry always keeps the world wondering what’s next and here she talks all things beauty including tricks to use lipstick and a clever way to file your nails in a pinch.
What’s step one when you’re off-duty to get glowy skin?
Bronzers! I wear so little makeup when I’m not on stage. There’s a Covergirl Bronzer three-in-one called Clean Glow Bronzer that I use. Then it’s just mascara and brows.
So would you say that’s your typical beauty ritual?
It really depends! When I’m at home, I’m a lot more plebeian [pretty much means simple]. I love the summer and I love a little bit of Vitamin D. But when I’m on stage, it’s all about creating a character and being an exaggerated version of myself.
You create on-stage personas better than anyone in the business. What are a few of your favorites?
I feel like the world is my playing field and I especially love pulling from all sorts of different eras. Typically, I’ve always connected with a vintage pinup girl, but lately I’ve leaned more toward a tumbler rat or alternative grunge girl.
What’s the connection with it in your new fragrance Mad Potion?
Perfume to me is like a potion and can be very enchanting. Scents create these incredible memories. Think about it: Sometimes you’ll walk past someone in a hallway who is wearing a fragrance you used to spray when you were a teen. It transports you back to that time. I love that scents are so powerful!
Do you connect with any of the notes in this fragrance?
Yes! I have worn vanilla since I was a teenager and it’s always been so alluring especially to the opposite sex. As I got older my tastes kind of changed and I wanted something a little bit more androgynous, which pushed me more towards musks. The combination of those two made me feel like I’m wearing something that’s both. So I could attract anything or anyone, everything is fluid.
There are so many products out now that we want to work double duty. Do you use any in unintended ways?
I feel like you can take any lipstick and make it a blush. I use it like finger paint and you can put it on your eyes, too. When you’re using less of a matte and more of a cream lipstick, it moves better and gives you a gloss.
Do you have a face-washing routine after that?
I never sleep with my makeup on unless I’m, like, spending the night over at a guy’s house. Then I wake up an hour early to get that natch look! No, not anymore. I used to do that a lot when I was younger. Now I’m like, what you see is what you get.
You snag a nail on the go. How do you fix it?
Actually, I was looking for a nail file the other day and I didn’t have one so I just used a matchbook. Weird little tricks!