Lela Loren may play a badass prosecutor on Starz crime drama Power, but in real life, she’s just like the rest of us beauty fanatics. She spends time perfecting her hair routine, appreciating the art of makeup, and, above all, experimenting with various DIY recipes. Trust us when we say her all-natural at-home face mask will be your ultimate summer pick-me-up. We recently chatted with the actress about all things beauty-related; from the under-eye concealer she can’t get enough of to the supplement she takes to prevent wrinkles.
Keep reading for Loren’s best-kept beauty secrets, plus shop her essentials below.
BYRDIE: What does your daily beauty routine consist of?
LELA LOREN: I would say on a day-to-day basis, it’s pretty simple. I really like Cetaphil Facial Cleanser ($11). I have really dry skin, and it doesn’t overdry it. From there, I really like SkinCeutical’s CE Ferulic Serum and Emollience moisturizer. There’s this company called In Fiore in San Francisco, and it makes this small-batch, high-end skin oil. There’s a really lovely one called Calendula, and I add a couple drops to my moisturizer sometimes.
BYRDIE: Which skincare products do you swear by?
LL: I love In Fiore for its oils. I also really love the SK-II moisturizing masks. What I like about SkinCeuticals is that there are nutrients built into the products, so it’s not just a name brand. You’re also getting vitamins and really good things that are restorative to your skin.
BYRDIE: If we were to empty your bag right now, which makeup essentials would we find?
LL: With my dry skin, a lot of concealers show up grainy on me, and I recently found Lancôme started making this long-lasting under-eye concealer that is fantastic. It’s waterproof and almost disappears into your skin. Tarte makes a really fantastic powder that disappears right into the skin as well: Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Setting Powder ($34). The other thing I’ve really been liking is Guerlain’s BB Cream. It has SPF 30, and it’s a tinted face cream that gives your skin a nice dewy sheen while protecting it at the same time. It smells great too. I have Kevyn Aucoin’s eyelash curler. I have big eyelashes, and what I like about his curler is that it goes really well with the shape of your eye, and it’s large enough to get all your lashes in there. I love Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palette. I like to look like I’m not wearing makeup when I’m wearing it. I love Tarte’s cheek stain as well; it’s a fun fresh look. I use Tom Ford’s Traceless Perfecting Foundation. My skin really likes it, and I don’t even need to set it with powder.
BYRDIE: Who are some of your ultimate beauty icons?
LL: I love Isabella Rossellini and Monica Bellucci. I love, love, love Marion Cotillard.
BYRDIE: You have such a gorgeous head of hair! What do you use to keep it so sleek and shiny?
LL: A couple of things. I really like Davines. Sometimes I’ll shift depending on the season. Right now, the company’s Love line is really great for giving me moisture, because my hair can run dry. Davines also has a scalp rejuvenator liquid that helps fortify the hair and prevent breakage. On the ends, I use the Kérastase moisture serum so that when I blow-dry, I don’t overprocess my hair. Another thing I’m aware of is that I have very fine hair, and it doesn’t need a lot of heat to obey. A lot of people tend to burn their hair because they put the iron or dryer too high. One of my hairdressers taught me that my hair curls great at medium heat. A little trick is that if you touch your hot-iron and it burns your skin, it’s going to burn your hair. Another thing I do is at the end of washing my hair, after I rinse out my conditioner, I’ll rinse my hair in cold water to close up the cuticle, and that also gives it a nice sheen.
BYRDIE: Which products could you never travel without?
LL: The Neutrogena makeup wipes, the cleansing towelettes, the night-calming ones. They really help get your makeup off, and that way you’re not stuck traveling with bottles of face wash. I couldn’t travel without my skin moisturizer. I also like Klorane’s under-eye masks. Kate Somerville has these little traveling exfoliation pads, and they’re fantastic because I need to exfoliate a lot since my skin gets dry. You just brush it on with the pads of your hands, and voilà—you have fresh skin.
BYRDIE: What are some of the best beauty hacks any makeup artist or hairstylist has ever shared with you?
LL: To line the waterline of my top eyelash so that it makes my eyelashes look really thick. My eyes are deep-set, so it helps define my eyes without looking like I have any makeup on. What I use is Stila’s Waterproof Liquid Liner ($22). Also, I have different-colored skin on my eyes, and a makeup artist taught me how to color-correct it first to pop it back out. Since my eyes are deep-set, I learned to only line three-quarters of my eye and not go all the way in so that I don’t sink my eye. The other thing that I was taught is that I have really sharp cheekbones, so I have learned how to contour them in the opposite direction, to soften them. The current trend is contouring, but I was taught to put the light underneath and put the bronzer on top so that it makes my look softer.
BYRDIE: Do know any great DIY tricks of the trade?
LL: Yes, one is a mask that a girlfriend told me about, where you get almond flower or garbanzo bean flower that you can get at a health food store, as well as cold-pressed avocado oil, turmeric, and buttermilk. You mix them together, and it creates this really fantastic face mask that’s brightening, and the turmeric is very restorative. The buttermilk works as lactic acid to exfoliate. You leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water in a circular motion. It really helps with skin blemishes and acne. They use it a lot in India to brighten skin over time. I really like it as a pick-me-up, and you can keep all the ingredients at home. Be careful, though, because it will stain your fingernails! Here are the proportions: one tablespoon of garbanzo bean flower, half a teaspoon of cold-pressed avocado oil or almond oil, half a teaspoon of turmeric powder (sometimes I add a full teaspoon just to get extra turmeric benefits in there). As for the buttermilk, add enough to make the concoction become a paste. Another thing you can do is run an ice cube across your face to close your pores after washing your face.
BYRDIE: How has your skincare routine changed in your 30s versus your 20s?
LL: In my 20s, I was a lot less meticulous in a way, because having the job I have now, I’m wearing a lot more makeup on a regular basis, so I’ve become more diligent about washing my face and getting it all off. I was pretty mindless about it in my 20s. In my 30s, I’m much more aware of internally feeding myself. All of the vitamins you put on your face, they only go so far because a third of our dermis is dead (the top layer). You really need to nourish your skin from the inside out, so that means not eating a lot of sugar, instead eating berries and antioxidants, getting appropriate minerals, and taking hyaluronic acid internally, not just externally, because your skin really loves it. Also, there’s a supplement called L-carnosine that helps prevent cross-linking, which creates wrinkles.
BYRDIE: How do you perceive anti-aging differently in your 30s versus your 20s?
LL: I’ve become much more aware of the aging process in my 30s, not simply for my own vanity, but in my line of work. I think I blend my scientific knowledge with advice I get from female friends and merge it all together.
Do you use any anti-aging products or take supplements to avoid wrinkles? Which items are your skincare essentials? Please tell us in the comments below!