Ever wonder what an A-list actress depends on to keep herself looking beautiful at all times? We caught up with Gillian Anderson to get the scoop on what she can’t be without, how she deals with the effects of aging and her secret to that incredible body!
Skin-Care Savior: “Even with all the fancy creams I’ve been gifted over the years, once I started seeing that my skin was suffering, I began to pay more attention to it. I started using a mixture over the years of Clinique and Estée Lauder. It’s not a huge part of my life, but I’ve began making an attempt to use some of the stuff that’s out there. And you know, I think it works. I think my skin definitely feels better.”
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Color Confession: “My hair usually gets dyed depending on which character I’m playing. Lately I’ve been blond. It’s been a long time since I was a redhead. I don’t think when I was a redhead (back in the day) that I felt particularly sexy. I don’t and can’t do my hair myself. I’ve never been able to use irons or hairdryers or anything. If I want it to look nice in any way, shape or form, I go somewhere and have somebody else do it.”
Moisture Must-Have: “There’s a Clinique Moisture Surge Gel, which is kind of extraordinary for application in the afternoon, if you’re starting to feel like you’re drying up and need some hydration.”
Beauty Staple: “I’m pretty dependent on Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer—I rely on it—that’s a staple. It feels natural, moisturizing, smooth and silky and gives great coverage without making it feel like I’m wearing anything. That’s a pretty big statement for me.”
My Biggest Beauty Mistake: “When I haven’t really paid attention to what my hair and makeup people are doing and the car is waiting outside and I don’t really have time to fix it at the last minute. That’s happened plenty of times.”
Worst Habit: “There are tons of them. Choosing to not exercise or meditate on any particular day is not good for me. I often opt to stay busy instead of doing these things. And, drinking Coca-Cola—I know it’s not good for me, but I drink it anyway.”
I Feel Good About Myself When…: “I’m doing all the things I know are good for self-care. When I get enough sleep, meditate, eat healthfully and have a balance in my life between work, family and friends and have cultural intellectual stimulation—it’s a lot to ask. But, when that balance is right, I probably feel the most fulfilled and the happiest.”
Morning Ritual: “I start my day with meditation. Even just waking up a few minutes before my kids wake up to center my head. It makes a big difference.”
Diet Debate: “I’ve always been interested in the raw food diet but I’ve been told by a couple people that it’s not particularly good for women. I like the idea of eating that clean; that appeals to me. But, I’ve never been brave enough to actually try it for any period of time. When it comes to my diet, I usually stay away from high carbs. I also do occasional yoga.”
For more of Gillian’s beauty secrets, pick up the latest issue of NewBeauty, on stands June 28.