Speaking to Zosia Mamet is nothing like a conversation with Girls' Shoshanna Shapiro would be. While we'd love to spend an evening hanging out with HBO's вЂњShosh,вЂќ Mamet is more like her old character's much-cooler older sister, if she had one. вЂњPlaying her is exciting because I get to do things that I would never do in real life,вЂќ Mamet told us. That includes Shoshanna's variety of kooky up-dos. вЂњHer styles are so elaborate,вЂќ Mamet says. вЂњHaving your hair super tight with a ton of pins after eight hours? I get headaches. You just want to rip your head off.вЂќ
Mamet may be more laid-back than her character, but she does understand a person's attachment to their locks, which made her recent chop a big decision. вЂњA woman's hair is such a powerful thing because it can influence how feminine you feel,вЂќ she told us. вЂњI was really nervous to cut it.вЂќ (More on that in our slideshow.) That risk-taking attitude influences the rest of her beauty aesthetic, too. She'll rock a makeup-free face and bedhead on the red carpet as often as her signature red lip and slicked-back bun. Did we mention she has a truly unique tattoo and wears a men's cologne called Mississippi Medicine? As we said, she's pretty cool.
вЂњI've wanted to cut my hair for a really long time,вЂќ Mamet says about chopping her long locks into the shortest style she's ever worn. вЂњI felt really inspired and just decided to do it.вЂќ Her hairstylist Alex Polillo was on the same page. вЂњHe walked in and said 'I don't know why, but I have this burning desire to cut your hair short today' before I even told him what I'd decided,вЂќ she says.Kiehl's Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo $18ShopKiehl's Smoothing Oil-Infused Conditioner $19Shop
Mamet prefaces our conversation about hair products with a warning: вЂњHonestly, I rarely wash my hair,вЂќ she says. When she does lather up, it's with Kiehl's Superbly Smoothing Argan Shampoo (discontinued) and Conditioner (discontinued). вЂњIt's my favorite,вЂќ she says.
вЂњI use dry shampoo a lot and I love Bumble and bumble's Surf Spray ($30), it gives my hair great texture,вЂќ Mamet says. вЂњI like to keep it simple, I don't let anyone use hairspray unless they really need it for the style, I just hate the sticky feeling.вЂќJemal Countess/Getty Images
This month isn't the only time Mamet's experimented with her locks: she spent her last hiatus from Girls as a blonde. вЂњIt's really fun being a blonde,вЂќ she says. вЂњI had to go back to brunette for the show, but I'm going to do it again soon.вЂќ
Mamet's makeup artist, Sarah Glick, turned her onto Santa Maria Novella's Orange Blossom Water ($38) to refresh her skin after a long night on set. вЂњIt's technically a room spray, but it's just natural essential oils, so I spray it on my face,вЂќ Mamet says. Then, to reduce puffiness and circles under her eyes, the actress applies Osea's Eye Lift Serum ($60).Cetaphil Daily Facial Wash $9Shop
Mamet gets facials every three weeks and keeps her home routine simple, washing with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($12) and using her Clarisonic three times a week.Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream $24Shop
After cleansing, Mamet uses Osea's Atmosphere Protection Cream ($48) and, when her skin is very dry, Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Cream ($24). вЂњI'm allergic to titanium dioxide a common ingredient is sunscreen and face makeup with SPF, so that's an interesting challenge for me,вЂќ she says. вЂњThere are some sunscreens out there with zinc instead."
When asked about her favorite beauty looks, Mamet is quick to name a campaign she did with ASOS (pictured), which is also where she met her go-to makeup artist, Glick. вЂњShe likes to have fun with makeup, but uses the least amount of makeup necessary,вЂќ she says. вЂњWhich is my jam.вЂќblinc Mascara $26ShopFlower Beauty Lash Warrior Mascara $10Shop
Mamet has incredibly sensitive eyes-she even keeps her eyes closed when having mascara applied because they water so much-so she's very picky about the formulas she uses. вЂњBlinc's Mascara ($30) coats your lashes instead of painting them, so it comes off without irritating your eyes,вЂќ she says. вЂњI also love Flower Beauty's Mascara ($10); that's a really beautiful line.вЂќ
More often than not, you'll find Mamet with a red lip on the red carpet. Her signature color is M.A.C.'s Lipstick in Russian Red ($19). And her favorite balm? вЂњI can't live without Palmer's Coco Butter Stick ($4),вЂќ she says.Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil $26Shop
вЂњI waxed my eyebrows when I was a teenager, and this woman got really excited and made them too thin,вЂќ Mamet says. вЂњThey're still growing back and a little splotchy.вЂќ To fill them in, the actress likes Kevyn Aucoin's The Precision Brow Pencil ($26).George Pimentel/WireImage
Mamet has a few tattoos, but it's her palm tattoo that's wowed us the most. вЂњI knew I wanted a simple heart tattoo, but that can look so cheesy,вЂќ Mamet says. вЂњI had just fallen in love and this kind of just came to me. And I like the sentiment that when you shake someone's hand it's with your heart.вЂќD.S. $ Durga Mississippi Medicine $175Shop
вЂњI went into Steven Alan for a fitting once and the artistic director was wearing this perfume,вЂќ she says about D.S. & Durga's Mississippi Medicine Cologne ($175). Now it's Mamet's signature scent as well.
Mamet uses coconut oil in place of body lotion, and in a pinch, will scrub her skin with other common kitchen ingredients. On a recent trip to London, she woke up feeling like her skin was dull and dry. Her solution? вЂњI ordered honey and sugar from room service and scrubbed my face,вЂќ she says.Essie Licorice Nail Varnish $9Shop
Mamet normally keeps her nails bare, except for special events. вЂњIt depends on the season, I like black nails right now,вЂќ she says. вЂњWhite is my favorite for the summer, both matte and shiny.вЂќ Try Essie's Nail Polish in Licorice ($9) and Marshmallow ($9) with the brand's Matte About You ($9).