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Chloe Fineman is doing interviews from the Bowery Hotel to mark the occasion of her first beauty campaign, which is for Pantene. The bubbly, blonde “SNL” star, known for her killer impressions both on “SNL” and Instagram, is, as it turns out, a perfect fit for a beauty campaign. She is clearly a total beauty junkie, rattling off favorites from brands like Tatcha, Hourglass, Kevyn Aucoin and Pat McGrath, among others, during our 20-minute Zoom conversation. Below, my chat with Chloe about what hair and makeup products she uses most, how wearing wigs every day impacts her hair and what goes down in her DMs.
What’s your desert island beauty product?
“From Pantene, it’s the Moisture Renewal conditioner, as somebody who has such dry hair. And also, I discovered the Augustinus Bader Rich Cream, and … whew! It’s just incredible.”
What’s the best hair tip you’ve gotten working on TV?
“It sounds gross, but that you don’t have to wash it every day. You can think like a little French lady — think French. Don’t wash it so much! Before, I was always like: wash, wash, hot — all the things! But now I’ve chilled out, and my hair’s a lot healthier.”
You also wear a lot more wigs than the average person. Is there anything you have to do for your hair because of that?
“Yes. Deep conditioning a lot, and I massage my skull a lot toward the front, because that’s where the wig cap is really tight.”
What’s the last beauty product you finished?
“There are two that I just ran out of: One is the Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil. I need that with me at all times for work, because it takes off all of your makeup and your false eyelash glue. It’s like if coconut oil was a face wash; it just melts everything off. And then I am obsessed with the Living Libations Seabuckthorn Oil, which is kind of similar. You can do the oil and then a hot towel. I go through that stuff quickly, because it smells so good.”
Why did you want to work with Pantene?
“Pantene was the first shampoo and conditioner I bought when I was … of age to finally buy what you want in the drugstore. And I thought it was so fancy and cool. I was sucked in by the commercials. And I still remember the very first time I washed my hair with it, being like, ‘I’ve never had silkier hair! It’s shocking!’ I don’t know what I was using before — like, Mr. Bubbles or something. But I was like, ‘Oh, my god.’ So I was so excited to do this — and also to be in an ad with Meg Stalter and people I think are so funny. I was like, ‘Oh, cool. They’re making it iconic.'”
Is there an intersection between hair and comedy that I haven’t thought about?
“Definitely, yeah! There are a lot more women in comedy, and so you’re gonna see a lot more fun hair.”
Who’s the last person you followed on social media?
“I’m addicted to ‘Yellowjackets,’ and I basically followed every person in the cast.”
Is there a meme that you feel describes your life right now?
“Ah … any of those memes that are like, ‘I’ll be there in a second.’ You know, and someone’s just, like, sleeping. Canceled plans memes.”
Who has been the coolest person to slide into your DMs?
“Just now the 49ers slid into my DMs — literally five minutes ago while I was peeing. And that’s exciting, because I’m from the Bay Area and they’re killing it. There have been some cool DMs … Jennifer Garner last week. She shared Elmo. I’ve always wanted to do an impression of her cooking videos, so that really was exciting.”
Also, [one day] I was asking for jaw massage recommendations, and Jonah Hill DMed me and said, “You should try Botox.” I appreciate him having a girl’s back.
What’s the last post you DMed to someone?
“My favorite account on Instagram is the woman Turtle Creek Lane who lives in Dallas, Texas. And she had a post recently where she was posting a female empowerment quote, but it was by Hannah Gadsby. And I was like, ‘There’s no way Turtle Creek Lane knows who Hannah Gadsby is.’ Hold on, I took a screenshot. It was like, ‘There’s nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.’”
Why do you love Turtle Creek Lane so much?
“Omg, I follow the whole family. I don’t know. I don’t know what it is. I think it’s like, a life I could have if I lived in Texas. It’s just so cozy. I’m just down this rabbit hole of cozy life in Dallas. New York is the opposite of Turtle Creek Lane. I watch everybody’s [Instagram Stories] before bed. I check in.”
Other than the Hannah Gadsby quote, what’s the last screenshot you took?
“You’re not gonna like this: Jamie Lynn Spears.”
Is that for work inspo?
“People have been saying I look like her, and I thought I did kinda in this picture.”
Is there someone on social who you wish was your best friend?
“I really do like Tinx. Her friend and my friend [Glenn Ellis] cut both our hair. Glenn gave me bangs, so we’re bonded by Glenn. And she’s really pimping out Glenn.
I think I’m like the Tinx of ‘SNL.’ I’m so girly. I’m so … not that she’s basic, but I’m just like, ‘This is what I love. Fight me.’ And that’s really who I am, and I’m in a job with all these … men, comics, Harvard guys. It’s not a place to talk about, like, pilates and a smoothie you love.
You mean you don’t exchange Pilates tips with Pete Davidson?
“No, but he does have the same [Sundae School] hoodie as Tinx. I just like a girl who likes to talk about a salad, and that’s who I am at my core. And I feel like I’m not smart enough for my job. So I like the Tinxes of the world. She’s unapologetically about things that I identify with, and I find it really refreshing.”
Other than salads and pilates, are there things you love that you don’t usually get to show the world?
“I’m a huge pop culture junkie. I’m figuring out how to share that on ‘SNL.’ I’m like, ‘Can we just do a ‘Housewives Of Salt Lake’ sketch?’ And, ‘Can’t I do my Julia Fox impression and talk about Kanye?’”
Where do you get beauty inspiration?
“I love Katie Jane Hughes on Instagram — that makeup artist. She’s the coolest. I also get it from my friend Marc Reagan. He does my makeup. He always has new pots and potions, and I’m like, “What’s that?” He’s taken me down the Hourglass rabbit hole, and today he was using Jones Road, which I didn’t realize was Bobbi Brown’s new brand. I think I’m going to order the creamy bronzer.”
Do you buy a lot of beauty products?
“Anytime my sister and I are in the same place, it’s like: [Let’s go to] Sephora! And we have to go and spend so much time and money. She’s more of an Ulta girl. She’s really into the contour sticks and all that KKW stuff.”
Shop some of Chloe’s favorites below: