Katie Holmes Reveals The Crucial Beauty Step That "Makes All the Difference"

From her earliest days on “Dawson’s Creek” to her reinvention as a full-fledged Hollywood star and style icon, Katie Holmes has amassed a legion of fans and captured the hearts of millions constantly waiting to see what’s next from the 37-year-old actress. Whether she’s photographed grabbing coffee or stunning on the red-carpet, Holmes seems to exude a combination of cool casual and chic elegance that always looks completely effortless. 

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How does she do it? Well, Holmes took a break from her jam-packed schedule—which includes a role reprisal as Jackie Kennedy in “The Kennedys After Camelot” and her directorial debut in the highly anticipated film, “All We Had”—to talk beauty and her simple approach to maintaining her youthful glow!

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NewBeauty: What's your daily beauty routine like?
Katie Holmes: Being a mother simplified some of my beauty routine; as a mom and with work and everything, you just want to be efficient. I like organic and natural products, but my routine is pretty simple: cleanser, moisturizer and SPF. If my skin is feeling a little dry, I love a good sheet mask!

In terms of hair, I love anything that will save me time. At the moment, I’m loving Alterna’s new Caviar Hydra-Gelee! It’s this lightweight treatment that adds so much moisture and shine to my hair and helps control frizz all day! I like to put this on my hair when it’s damp and let it air dry.

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NB: Is there any part of your routine that you absolutely won’t skip no matter what?
KH: I actually wash and condition my hair every day, especially with working out.

NB: What is your favorite part of your red carpet beauty routine?
KH: I love the creative collaboration between my makeup artist and hairstylist. We draw inspiration from a look or a dress and have a lot of fun bringing it to life.

NB: What are the beauty products you can’t go without?
KH: Alterna Haircare Bamboo Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist—I carry this with me everywhere! It’s great for controlling frizz and adding shine back into your hair. Chanel lip gloss—I always have lip gloss with me. And water—it’s super important to stay well-hydrated.

NB: Who is your beauty inspiration and why?
KH: My mom—she’s the one who instilled in me from a young age that real beauty comes from within. It’s more important that you feel confident and that you’re a good person. Now, it’s important for me to be a role model like my mother was for me.

NB: Any interesting makeup tricks or hacks you’ve learned?
KH: If you’re short on time, you can never go wrong with a little bit of blush! It’s so quick, but it makes such a big difference and can make you look so much more alive.

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NB: Do you have a secret beauty indulgence?
KH: I’m a big fan of regular facials and keeping my skin clean.

NB: What is your favorite workout routine? Any favorite songs on your workout playlist?
KH: I like to mix it up to keep it from getting boring. My favorites are yoga, spinning and running. [I work out to] anything and everything Beyoncé!

NB: What's your go-to healthy snack?
KH: I love a good smoothie or green juice

NB: And secret food indulgence?
KH: I don’t think it’s a secret, but I have a bit of a sweet tooth! Who can resist a good cookie?