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Claire Danes Puts Her Best Face Forward, With and Without Makeup

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For a red-carpet regular who counts Zac Posen and Narciso Rodriguez as her favorite designers, Claire Danes is actually pretty low-key. “I don’t typically wear makeup during the day,” the actress told PEOPLE. “I’m so accustomed to wearing makeup in my work—it’s probably the reason why I am less inclined to wear makeup in life.” The actress, whose role as the new face of the eyelash-growing product Latisse was recently announced, admitted to PEOPLE, “I’m pretty low-maintenance, which is another reason why Latisse is so great, I can afford to be lazier—it does all the work for me.” In fact, with her new eyebrow-grazing lashes, the 31-year-old, whose basic beauty routine is now pared down to a light foundation, lip balm and a little shimmer, reveals that when it comes to prepping for a big event, she’d be lost without her glam squad. “I’ve worked with such skillful makeup artists and hairdressers that, ironically, I’m that much more ignorant about how to apply makeup myself,” said the actress, who’s been filming ads with fellow Latisse spokesperson Brooke Shields–whom she calls her “lashmate.” “We’re doing these shots where our faces were very close and we’re literally giving eachother butterfly kisses,” says Danes, who jokes that she reserves the sign of affection for a very select few. “Only Brooke Shields…and my husband [Hugh Dancy].” For more from Claire, check out this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now. —Marissa Patlingrao Cooley; reporting by Jackie Fields