Mandy Moore is on a (professional and personal) roll. Not only is the This is Us star gearing up for the Emmys (her show has five nominations), she’s eyeing a serious return to music (squeal!) and is in this midst of building a home with boyfriend of two years, Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. But she’s adding another sweet deal to her pretty full plate, partnering with Garnier as its new spokeswoman.
“I’m a fan of the brand, but I also like their philosophy about embracing individuality,” says Moore, who’ll first appear in ads for a Garnier Nutrisse hair color campaign, an experience the 33-year-old actress explains reinforced her appreciation for the partnership.
“They were very, very insistent on me being myself [during] the commercial and photo shoots. Nobody told me how to look or what to wear, or made me fit into any box. They even asked if I could bring one of my dogs. It was so much fun because I got to just be me.”
While Moore is “humbled” to have been chosen to be a voice for brand that champions self-expression, being a beauty risk-taker runs in her DNA. Growing up a “tall and kind of gangly” kid with “weird hair,” Moore says she loved to experiment with her hair and makeup. “I remember wanting to go to the grocery store and buy dye to color my hair at home. My mom let me get perms and highlights — nothing too crazy though!”
And her interest in switching up her hair and makeup has never waned. “At the start of my career in the late ’90s and early ’00s, I had this bright blonde hair and really glow-y makeup with lots of lip-gloss — it was very indicative of the time,” she says, laughing.
Though she launched onto the scene with “Candy”-blonde hair (see below), she eventually dyed her hair a much darker brunette hue – but nowadays, she says, “I’m transitioning to a warmer [tone] that’s much closer to my natural hair color, which I think is like a dirty dish water!”
She explains, “The power of transformation is something I’ve always sort of [embraced] in my life and I think the most acceptable way that I have found to do that and change my look is through hair color. But I feel like [my current color] is more compatible with my lifestyle now and how busy things are — and I feel most like myself.” (To keep her hair healthy, she swears by the brand’s Moisture Lock shampoo and conditioner.)
And Moore’s makeup mantra is also all about mixing it up. The star, who’s no stranger to bold lip and eye looks, takes advantage of every opportunity she gets to push boundaries.
“What’s better than a job that allows you to have the freedom and opportunity to keep expressing yourself? Like with the  Met Gala [where she wore a heavy wash of lavender shadow]: ‘Wow, this is an opportunity to really step outside myself and do something that I would never normally do on a red carpet. And there are a number of other opportunities, whether it be at the Emmys or other red carpet events, where it’s like, “Let’s push it a little bit and do like a dark brown lip gloss!’ I want to constantly have fun and change it up and express myself. You can’t take it all so seriously!'”