Emilia Clarke Learned She Was Allergic to Self-Tanner the Hard Way


Daenerys may have been Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons, but post-Game of Thrones, Actress Emilia Clarke is now the skincare queen.

Last week, Clarke was announced as Clinique’s first global brand ambassador – a milestone for the company, which has never before officially made a celebrity the face of its brand.

“Clinique is such a universal, timeless brand that is incredibly trusted,” says Clarke when we call her in London, England. “My mother used them and I know a lot of people’s mothers used them, and they did for a generation [they’re] still being innovative in their work and feeling fresh and modern for everyone.”

Clarke is part of Clinique’s new “#iDYourself” campaign, which allows customers to choose from 20 different product combinations based on their personal skin type and needs.

Clarke is an avid advocate of twice-daily moisturizing and cleansing, but has dealt with dry skin in the past, particularly as a child. “I’ve always wanted to use the Clinique stuff my mom had, but I had to use clinical eczema cream,” explains Clarke. “And then as I got older I started to discover myself, and then if that’s so [opportunity] came by, it was a nice circle.”

One thing she won’t go for? self tanner. Clarke had an unpleasant experience on the game of Thrones Set: During filming for the first season, she used a mousse at home so Daenerys could get a tan. After a long day on set, she thought she was just sunburned. But when she woke up the next morning, an unknown allergy had revealed itself.

“I looked like trailer hitch! My lips looked like Daffy Duck’s, you couldn’t see my eyes, I had these red dots absolutely everywhere and I was sunburned,” she tells us. “It was so bad and I had to go to Malta to film. I’ve been on steroids which sort of calmed it down but I literally won’t go anywhere near tanning products now.

When it comes to luxurious skincare experiences, Clarke is a big fan of facials. “If I’m just at home, I do a facial at home,” she says. “I’ll get a nice sheet mask or overnight mask and just snuggle into it.”

Emilia Clarke Learned She Was Allergic to Self Tanner the Hard - Emilia Clarke Learned She Was Allergic to Self-Tanner the Hard Way

Clarke at a Clinique event in London, England in January 2020.

Despite game of Thrones After Clarke wrapped up his nine-season run last year, he probably won’t have much more time to mask. She says it was bittersweet moving on from that chapter in her life, but she’s ready to explore other avenues in the entertainment industry — one of which is starting her production company.

I’m going to pursue as many different things as possible and work with as many writers and filmmakers that I admire and respect as possible,” she tells us. “I’m just trying to get as much experience as possible.”

Another new experience for Clarke: being a dog owner. She announced on Instagram that she adopted a tiny long haired dachshund puppy, Ted. “Ted came home with me last Sunday and I’ve never felt so much love,” she tells us. “He’s the prettiest, sweetest, most perfect creature in the whole world.”

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He just can’t stop. He physically can’t stop being the WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL PUPPY. 😎 Erryone meets Ted. great teddy My new main squeeze. Light of my goddamn life. Ready to fill that Instagram feed to bursting while you still have room in a teacup. #goodbyesleepgoodbyecarpetsgoodbyeslippershellopoop #coshesworthit #🥰 #❤️#🕺 #🐶

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Self-care is Clarke’s priority. “In my experience, the secret to a beautiful life is work-life balance,” she tells us. “If you need to go out and get really drunk with your friends and sweat it out at a club… If you need to go to bed early, take a hot bath and read a good book, then that’s exactly what you need to do. [Doing] The things that are all yours, whatever brings you joy – whatever makes you feel safe and secure so that you then have energy for work – that is the most important thing.”

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