Madelaine Petsch Can’t Live Without Nail Art and Her Dog

On Riverdale, the only rule seems to be that there are no rules (we’re talking about a show that had an entire season revolve around a demented board game). The one constant is Madelaine Petsch’s masterful portrayal of mean girl Cheryl Blossom, whose razor-sharp insults and classic red lipstick have become one of the most iconic parts of the series. 

While she excels at playing the villain onscreen, in real life—or at least over the phone—she couldn’t be sweeter as we discuss self-care, TikTok, and of course, skin care. As someone who’s struggled with acne in the past, Petsch takes her skin care seriously, and her current partnership with Bliss is proof. “I just love Bliss,” she tells Glamour. “They have clean products and they’re very transparent about what’s inside of their products so that you can actually feel comfortable with what you’re putting on your skin.” 

We caught up with Petsch for a round of Big Beauty Questions. Read on for her answers. 

Glamour: Is there a beauty trend you’re obsessed with right now?

Madelaine Petsch: I love always having my nails done, which is hard as an actor, because a lot of roles don’t call for that. I usually do nail art, even on the show. As long as I incorporate red, I’m allowed to have whatever I want. My nail lady and I have come up with some fun stuff. For one of my favorite sets, she did this bright red base with purple squiggly lines on the center. I’m also really enjoying not wearing makeup on my days off, if that’s a trend.

What’s a beauty rule that you swear by?

Washing your face every evening before bed. You will never catch me falling asleep with a full face of makeup on, even at 3 a.m.

Fill in the blank. I love my hair…

When my hairstylist Marc Mena does it.

What do you always have in your bag when you’re on set?

My dog and her dog bag. I have my wallet in case I need some coffee or matcha. I have my skin-care products so that I can wash my face and get my face all ready for bed when I’m done with work. And I have my gua sha.

You can use only three beauty products for the rest of your life. What are they and why?

Okay. One is my gua sha, because it automatically drains my face. I see such a big difference using that every day. Then the Youth Got This Pure Retinol Serum and Youth Got This Pure Retinol Moisturizer. I’m not going to talk about my age, but I think it’s really important to find the ingredients that will work toward what your targets are, and it helps maintain youthful skin, which I think we all want. Retinol is something that I’ve been looking for in all of my products. It protects against signs of aging and prevents the appearance of fine lines, which is very helpful for me. And I actually notice the difference in my skin when I use it, and I feel like that I notice a difference in my pores. I have big pores, so that helps me. Also, I find that when I use products that are meant to work together, like using the serum and the moisturizer together. I see more of a difference than if I try to put together a bunch of products.

Mount Lai Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool

Bliss Youth Got This Serum

Bliss Youth Got This Moisturizer

What’s your go-to getting ready music?

Probably Still Woozy’s new album.

You and some of the other Riverdale girls have been pretty open about your struggles with acne on social media. What made you decide to share this? 

I mean, I don’t think it should ever feel like lifting up a heavy secret that I used to struggle with acne. It’s such a normal human thing to have skin fluctuation. But I think it’s nice for people who do watch what I do to feel like they’re not alone in that, because it definitely can feel isolating. It made me feel less confident when I had that, so I think when people that you look up to open up about that kind of stuff, it makes you feel like, “Oh, if they can deal with it, I can deal with it.”

What’s your favorite way to take a moment for yourself?

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