Rooney Mara Covers Allure, Talks Nipple Piercing and Shaving Head

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Rooney Mara on the January cover of Allure

It's official, folks. Between Vogue's respective Charlize Theron and Meryl Streep covers and Allure's January issue fronted by Rooney Mara, we can confirm that waves crashing against big rocks are THE must-have accessory for 2012.

Last seen rocking an Alexander McQueen headpiece for Dazed & Confused, Mara softens up with a fresh-faced cover that sees her sporting a black eyelet Vera Wang vest (and, um, makeup to conceal the hole left behind by her Lisbeth Salander-issue eyebrow stud).

But lest you think The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star has already lost her edge, Mara is happy to confirm that she's kept her character's nipple ring ("it's not something I ever want to get repierced"), was "really happy" to have her head shaved for her new role, and has toughened up her wardrobe.

“I used to wear a lot of girly, frilly things,” she tells the magazine. “Now I buy things that are more comfortable, and more utilitarian, and sort of boyish.”

For her fashion spread with lensman Michael Thompson, the actress hits the shore in a cream chiffon Vera Wang gown and a black Emilio Pucci silk cotton voile top and skirt, strategically styled to show off the results of her intense kickboxing workout regimen.

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All washed up: Mara makes waves in Allure.

Like Carey Mulligan in W, Mara has no airs about addressing her controversial nude scenes in the thriller.

“Nudity is such a huge part of the character in the book, so I never thought twice about it," she says.

"There was no time for hesitation. I didn’t have time to second-guess anything or be scared; I just showed up and was comfortable.”

She also opens up about her beauty routine, which is decidedly low-maintenance.

“I just put on a tinted moisturizer and concealer if I need it, and some powder," she reveals. "Probably Laura Mercier or Chanel. I use a Nars blush stick on my lips, too.”

And though Mara also cops to using Dermalogica, Tammy Fender, and Mariana Chicet skincare products, she's more into lying low than going glam these days.

"It's kind of great to look a way that makes people expect less of you, pay attention to you less," she admits.

Not when you wear Givenchy!

For more Rooney Mara, visit Allure online and pick up the January issue.