Casey Wilson’s Feminist’s Approach to Beauty and the Product She Would Never Use

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She was raised by a feminist mother, just had a baby herself and is one of those people who can somehow make skin care seem side-splittlingly funny; 35-year-old actress Casey Wilson (known for her comedic roles on Saturday Night Live and the cult-classic Happy Endings) is currently starring in The Meddler—a film that dives deep into the mother-daughter dynamic—and gives some very hilarious insight on how her own relationship with her mother shaped her views on beauty.

I wish I knew this about beauty before high school:
“My mom was a beautiful woman but very laid back in terms of her upkeep. She was a feminist leader in the ’80s, [resident of the National Women’s Political Caucus], so I think her work in the women’s movement perhaps shaped how she raised me with more of an emphasis on my brains than beauty, which was great. That said, would have loved to have known I should shave my legs in high school. Would have avoided some VERY RUDE teasing from Connor Morrison.”

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I am obsessed with:
“I’m not sure if anyone would be surprised, but I have an obsession with skin care, specifically sunscreen. I have been found to lather it on inside on a cloudy day and been heard to shout, ‘The rays can penetrate walls!!’ Not for skin cancer reasons (although that is very important!) but sadly, out of vanity. As Bette Midler sang in Beaches, ‘My face is my fortune.’”

I wish I could master:
“I wish I knew how to do my eyes. I try and try to learn. I watch YouTube videos and ask my makeup artists but can’t seem to get past a simple eye shadow (one color) and mascara. I try to line them and it’s a disaster.”

The one beauty thing I won’t do:
“I definitely would never do hair color out of the box. I would pretty much try anything short of any type of surgery. I love lasers and Limelight for my rosacea at my dermatologist’s office. Right now, my dear friend, actress Jessica St. Clair is trying to get me to wear Frownies—they are these sticky patches you wear at night to help frown lines—but I have a limit, and that’s if I am embarrassing myself in front of myself, I can’t do it.”

I don’t have time for:
“POST-BATH LOTION. Ugh. What am I, made of time? I just can’t take the time to throw a leg up on the side of the tub and lotion up every day so my skin is a little dry, but I have been putting Tata Harper’s Body Oil in the bath and C. Booth’s Oil on after which you slap on super quick and it hydrates your skin amazingly.”

The beauty ritual I love:
“Facials and how good my skin feels afterward, like I’ve really accomplished something. I also love a steam and a tingly mask. And, I used to be a nail biter, but I have been treating myself to weekly manicures and they keep me from biting. But, I also realized as a new mom and a working woman, it’s amazing how a manicure brightens your spirits and makes you feel pulled together.”

I’ve seen everyone on set use:
“A makeup artist just introduced me to Chantecaille Sunscreen. It’s pricey, but it goes on like a dream. I also love Kate Somerville products—especially her Exfoliating Pads and Line Release Eye Cream. Every actress I know adores Armani foundation because it goes on so sheer yet covers. And I love Tarte blushes and NARS anything. I am also a real fan of drugstore lip glosses; Maybelline especially for a quick pick-me-up and Charlotte Tilbury glosses are gorgeous as well.”

I’m not into:
“I am a ‘live and let live’ person, so anything anyone wants to do is great by me, but I have seen a few eyelash extensions gone wrong—where a friend slept face-first and her eyelashes looked like spider legs gone rogue.”

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