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When Emmy Rossum gets glam, she leaves nothing to chance. The Shameless star, 24, opens up about her date night rituals, hair-and-makeup superstitions and primping pet peeve. Surprise: She even gets her cat in on the action!

For Emmy, the most essential ingredient in a beauty regimen is self-esteem.

“When a girl walks into a room and smiles and is sure of herself  – you think of women like Katharine Hepburn, Angelina Jolie or Julianne Moore – and I think they had so much confidence,” she tells me during The Suave Challenge held this week in NYC. “Even Cleopatra. So much confidence!”

The divorced beauty, who has dated Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz, shares her dating rituals.

“I always put perfume behind my ears, a shine spray on my hair, lip balm and a smoky eye,” she reveals. “But no lipstick because I want a kiss at the end.”

She swears by the oil Zuzu’s Petals.

“It’s all natural. It’s a little roll-on. You can even travel with it on a plane.”

One thing men will never catch her wearing?

“No red lips on a first date!”

Another thing we’ll never see her do is bust out a comb.

“My pet peeve is people who brush their hair in public,” she confesses. “It seems inappropriate.”

Still, her locks are hugely important to her.

“I’m superstitious about cutting my hair. It makes me nervous. I had a bad haircut when I was five. It was about two inches long, and super curly. It was not cute, so I get nervous when the scissors come out.”

Wait, so she hasn’t had a bad haircut since she was five?

“No, because I really haven’t … I’ve only trimmed.”

Emmy’s primping habits also extend to her new cat, Fiona, which is named after the character she plays on her racy Showtime comedy Shameless.

“She likes to curl up in my fireplace when it’s off, so she gets a lot of sooty ashes on her, and she’s half white, so I give her baths,” she says. “A nice shampoo. She doesn’t like it, but she gets a bath every week or two. She gets pretty sooty. I have to try and find a way to keep her out of the fireplace.”

Cats hate baths!

“She’s sweet, but she’s a little aggressive.”

Well, little Fiona could bond with dog Cinnamon, but they don’t get along.

“She doesn’t; they don’t. I mean, he wants to embrace her, and she really wants to punch him in the face.”

Through good hair days and bad hair days, Emmy’s pets are always there for her.

“It’s a sense of coming home to something that loves you unconditionally,” she says. “I do the same for them.”

Thanks to Suave, bad hair days are a thing of the past.

“When Suave approached me and said they reformulated their whole line, and it was different from the products I remember in the drugstore when I was as a kid, I had them send me the products. I tried them out, and really, really loved them. I thought the quality was just as good as the really expensive stuff that I had in my bathroom at the time, so I switched everything out.”

Here’s my pic with Emmy:

Emmy Rossum, Valerie Nome

Emmy can’t tell the difference between the new Suave Professionals and top salon brands. Take the challenge at canyoutell.com.

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