Minka Kelly may be an actress by trade—Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, DirecTV's Full Circle—but the self-professed “product junkie” knows enough about beauty to make editor a viable second career. She took a break from filming Almost Human—Fox's upcoming JJ Abrams sci-fi drama—to talk to us about her detailed skincare routine, the mascara she swears by, and her most-memorable red carpet looks.
Kelly prefaced our interview with a warning, “I’m a total product junkie! I like to try everything.” That rang true in every category, especially skincare. After washing her face with Sanitas’ Glycolic Citrus Cleanser ($31) Kelly applies the brand’s Topical C ($48) treatment, followed by their Vita Rich Serum ($54) and Ayur-Medic’s Eye and Lip Correction Cream ($38). “Sometimes I just use Epicuren’s Colostrum Cream ($80) when I don’t want to go through my whole routine.”
When it comes to lips and nails, Kelly keeps it nude. “Sometime I try a red lip, but I always fail miserably,” she says. “A nude lip just suits me better. Tom Ford has this beautiful Lip Gloss ($45) called Rose Crush; it’s really gorgeous and natural.” You’ll also find the brand’s Nail Lacquer ($32) in Toasted Sugar on her nails.
Kelly doesn’t hesitate to name her most-memorable red carpet look. “When we presented at the Emmys a few years ago,” she says. “I wore this Dior lace dress and my hair and makeup just felt so ladylike and romantic.”
When we told Kelly that one of her favorite products, Lucas Papaw Ointment ($12), recently became available stateside she immediately got excited. “That’s amazing!” she says. “I’ve been ordering huge boxes of it from Australia! I put it on my lips, then rub the extra on my cuticles or anywhere that needs a little moisture.”
“I switch between different soaps from Whole Foods—lavender one day, something else the next,” Kelly says. Lotion, however, she keeps consistent: Kiehl’s Crème de Corps ($30).
You’ll find Le Labo’s Santal 33 ($160) in Kelly’s bathroom. “I have a bunch of different perfumes, but I always find myself going back to this.”
Kelly’s picked up her fair share of beauty tips on set, but none as impressive as applying fake eyelashes. “The trick is to put the mirror on your counter, so you’re looking down,” she says. “Then grab the individual lash with a pair of tweezers so you’re holding it straight and just drop it on.” Bonus tip: Try to rest it on your lashes.
Kelly gave her nude lips a break for the Met Gala earlier this year, a look she was hesitant about at first, but now counts as one of her favorites: “It ended up turning out great.”