Q&A with ... Leighton Meester

updated 07/26/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/26/2010 01:00AM

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?

On the red carpet I'm playing a part, so I love wearing a red lip. It makes a statement. In real life I've learned to love not wearing any makeup whatsoever, and I'm super low-maintenance when it comes to my hair. I also like being a bit vulnerable, a little chip-in-your-nail polish kind of thing. I appreciate that more than ever.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A HAIR HANG-UP?

I always change my hair, but I don't like haircuts! Any time I've ever cut my hair short, I'm like, "Why did I do that?" because it takes away so many possibilities.

WHO IS YOUR BEAUTY INSPIRATION?

I look up to my mom. She's a beautiful woman. She's had questionable styles, like the '80s big perm, but I've always really admired her.

HOW DO YOU PAMPER YOURSELF?

I love Mandarin Oriental spas. They're really special. They wash your feet in rose water and give you hot tea. Once I spent 12 hours at the one in Miami. I really like to lie down and be rubbed.

LEIGHTON'S LUST LIST: EVERYTHING UNDER $20!

"I don't shy away from the drugstore," says Meester. And when it comes to fragrance, she custom-blends her own. "Everyone's always like, 'What are you wearing?' And I'm like, 'Meest!'"

PALMER'S Cocoa Butter Formula Jar, $5.30; at drugstores

FRAGRANCE SHOP NEW YORK INC Custom Scent, .25 oz., $16.50; 212-254-8950

L'OREAL PARIS Bare Naturale Mascara in Black, $9.95; at drugstores

M.A.C Lipstick in Russian Red, $14; maccosmetics.com

HERBAL ESSENCES Hydralicious Featherweight Shampoo, $2.99; at drugstores

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