Katie Lowes’s Magnificence Routine | Into The Gloss

“I used to be born in Queens, New York. My mom has a really thick accent, and she or he’s third era Queens. I moved to Port Washington, Lengthy Island, and that’s the place I used to be all through highschool. Then, I lived in New York Metropolis for school, and went to Tisch College of the Arts at NYU, learning drama. I bear in mind combating my mother, saying, ‘I don’t have to take driver’s ed! I’m going to dwell in New York Metropolis for my whole life and solely do theater and I’ll by no means should learn to drive a automobile.’

About two years after I graduated school and I used to be ready tables and doing off-Broadway and actually doing the ‘struggling artist’ factor, I received it in my head to attempt Los Angeles, the place I must do my facet hustle far much less. So I moved to LA at 25, and nonetheless had a facet hustle for years, waitressing and babysitting and catering and private aiding, and each job I may get my fingers on till Shonda Rhimes modified my life with Quinn Perkins and Scandal.”

Enjoying Quinn was unimaginable. Not solely was it unimaginable as a result of I set to work with Shonda Rhimes, who’s one of the prolific, unimaginable writers of our time, but in addition, I received what all of us name the Scandal fam, the place really with all my coronary heart and soul we’re a really, very, very shut forged. We textual content on daily basis, we Zoom hold, we go away on Scandal reunions… Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Bellamy Younger—the opposite girls of Scandal—are expensive, expensive, expensive associates of mine. Even not simply the women—I used to be texting with Josh Melina, George Newbern, and Scott Foley yesterday. Tony Goldwyn and I are repeatedly in contact, Joe Morton and I constantly work collectively on theater. It’s a true household. Not solely on digicam was it a complete dream job, as a result of I received to play a really sophisticated, enjoyable function that modified a lot over the seven seasons, however off digicam, I discovered a lot and made family and friends for my lifetime. Gladiators [Scandal fans] had been such an enormous half. We wouldn’t have the ability to make the present with out the Gladiator followers. It’s type of like a particular language or membership or one thing. Every time I meet somebody, they’re like, “No, I’m an OG Gladiator. I’ve been with Scandal since day one.” I’m like, “Okay, we’re already cool.” It’s simply an computerized connection.

I’m very fortunate that I occur to work like 5 minutes from my home, which, for motherhood, is the most effective factor that ever occurred. I liked my labor. I’ve a mother podcast known as Katie’s Crib, and we now have lots of being pregnant tales on it, and sure, there are some scary issues and scary experiences. However I all the time assume it’s vital to listen to. There are additionally lots of ladies who’ve a good time and who’re positive, and all the pieces goes nice, you understand? Folks actually prefer to war-story about it, like, “I used to be in labor for 50 hours after which I had a C-section.” However I can’t let you know what number of tales I’ve in my head which might be simply somewhat boring. “I went in, I received induced, they did the pitocin, I took a nap, I awoke, contractions began, I received the epidural, I waited, they instructed me to start out pushing, I pushed for thirty minutes, and the infant was right here.” And that’s what you need. You need boring and nothing to put in writing dwelling about—I went in, I conquered, I rocked it, I got here dwelling, and all the pieces went positive.

I do an entire regime from Biologique Recherche. I dwell by it, so lots of my face merchandise are from there. I exploit P50 to take off my make-up at evening. Then, I exploit a serum from Future Cosmetics known as Magnificence Drops. Then, I exploit their Excessive Cream throughout the day and Biologique Rechere Placenta Cream at evening. Then, I exploit Strivectin Neck Cream. My eyes are actually delicate to something that has retinol or something in it, so I’m actually all pure concerning the eye space. I normally go between Mario Badescu Olive Eye Cream or Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream. It’s thick and shimmery, and I’m all about maintaining the world hydrated. I preserve attempting completely different de-wrinkling eye cream, and it is perhaps okay for an evening, after which at day two or three, I’m like, “My eye is totally pink and blown up.” I can’t do it.

I’m huge into my facialist, this girl Nousha (@rejuvenatewithnousha). She does one thing known as a Reiki facial. She additionally does aqua gold facials, which is a superb brightening pick-me-up for occasions. She’s wonderful. She has essentially the most unimaginable face and physique oil known as Rejuvenate With Nousha that may be a huge staple in my home. The Reset—oh my god. It’s unimaginable. I apply it to my physique if there’s any mosquito bites, as a result of there’s lots of therapeutic properties in it, so if I’ve any mosquito bites or a small minimize or one thing, I put it in all places. I exploit it most nights additionally as my final moisturizing layer earlier than I am going to mattress and I apply it to my fingers and stuff. She initially created it, I’m fairly positive, as a face oil for all of the nurses and frontline staff who needed to put on PPE. I bear in mind to start with of the pandemic, they had been displaying how bruised their faces had been. It was initially for that, after which we had been all like, ‘That is unimaginable’.

Every time I meet somebody, they’re like, “No, I’m an OG Gladiator. I’ve been with Scandal since day one.” I’m like, “Okay, we’re already cool.” It’s simply an computerized connection.

I’m actually good about taking off my make-up. I believe in my early 20s, earlier than I used to be on Scandal, I’d have these nights of sleeping in make-up, and I’d be like, “Who cares?” Now, I’m type of a naturalist. If I’m not working, I by no means, ever put on make-up. If I do, it’s the Profit Gimme Forehead Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in shade 4.5. It’s somewhat little bit of the Profit Hoola Matte Bronzer for contour, as a result of I had a child, and that helps round my cheekbones and beneath my jawline. It’s the blighlighter from Jamie Make-up on my cheeks, which is a combo between a highlighter and a cheek tint. I’m a basic woman of the L’Oréal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara with the Shiseido eyelash roller. I’m a Burt’s Bees tinted chapstick particular person. Very pure.

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I’m actually, actually cautious about placing warmth on my hair. A part of my job is to place a lot warmth on my hair, so every time I’m not working, I actually simply rock it pure and go days with out washing it and dwell by dry shampoo and ponytails and headscarves. I all the time sleep with my hair down as a result of I don’t need it damaged from any hair ties. I discovered from Kerry Washington to positively sleep on a silk pillowcase. My aunt Joan was all the time like, “Prepare your self to sleep in your again! Prepare your self to sleep in your again!” [Laughs] And I attempt my hardest, however it’s fairly arduous. From all of the dwell tweeting and all of the telephone stuff we’re doing, I attempt to be very aware about how a lot I’m wanting down, due to my neck.

Once I wash my hair, I combine between Davines and Bioplex. I’m actually cautious as a result of I’ve to focus the shampoo on my scalp and head, and actually solely situation the ends. Somebody simply taught me {that a} 12 months in the past—that you simply’re not alleged to situation your complete head. I couldn’t determine it out. I used to be like, “Why have I washed my hair and my roots are type of greasy?” They had been like, “No, simply shampoo your head on the scalp after which situation the ends and the place your haircut ends.” I used to be like, “Oh, I’m not alleged to dump conditioner at my roots?” [Laughs] That’s simply what works for my hair, as a result of then I can go days with out [washing my hair]. I most likely solely wash my hair two instances every week. I’m a giant air dry particular person. I like placing the Advantage Break up Ends Serum on the information of my hair, and maintaining the roots dry. I’m actually fortunate. My hair has this type of pure beachy wave factor, and I simply rock that.

My hair is horrific in my regrowth from being pregnant. I’ve these quick, horrible bangs within the corners of my head. It’s from all of the fallout from my hormones from having a child. I put my hair up in a messy bun and I pull these wisps and fucked up bangs—excuse my language—from the corners of my head down, they usually curl up they usually’re all bizarre, and I simply rock it with delight. I’m like, no matter, it would come again. I received it again from my first child, and it’s coming again for my second. However each single pregnant girl I do know has misplaced their hair and had that second the place they give the impression of being within the bathe and it’s like a freaking toupee within the drain, they usually’re like, “Oh my god, I didn’t assume this was going to occur to me.” [Laughs]

Even my physique this time round—I’m not on the quantity I need to be at, not that numbers actually matter. However truthfully, my physique’s simply completely different, and I’m type of into it. I’m additionally fifteen months postpartum. I actually haven’t even began a exercise routine. I’m simply beginning to be like, “Oh, it feels good to stroll. It feels good to hike.” My doula could be very strict, like, “Don’t exercise for the primary 12 months. Heal. Go on walks. Do issues that really feel good.” Your physique’s going by way of a loopy time. It’s wonderful. Being pregnant is tough, and the top is a particular type of hellscape. [Laughs] The top is the freaking worst. What’s so loopy is that you simply really feel fearful of labor and you are feeling fearful of these issues, however you are feeling extra scared to proceed your life pregnant. So that you’re like, “Please let this finish.”

I am going to mattress utterly lotioned inside an inch of my life. My physique is caked on this stuff known as Kiki Cream, it’s a very pure, all natural shea butter. I began it all through my pregnancies too, on my stomach, however it’s meant on your complete physique. My nails are a catastrophe. My ft are a catastrophe. I ought to actually be doing higher at determining what I might be placing on my cracked heels. I attempt to do the Kiki cream on my heels after which put on socks to mattress, and that’s all the time good, however it by no means occurs.

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I’m type of in between fragrances proper now. I exploit lots of Eau de Orange Blossom from Coqui Coqui, however I’m additionally type of a hippy. In the course of the chilly season, I’m into utilizing On Guard Protecting Mix from Doterra. I’ve two little germ-filled kids who’re disgusting, they usually’re consistently battling colds and diarrhea, so I’m consistently carrying these items known as On Guard, which has somewhat little bit of a cinnamon scent, however it’s extra of a vital oil. I really feel like I’m round lots of people in shut quarters at work, so I don’t need to be too overly scented. I’m actually taking pictures a comedy scene at this time the place there’s six of us in a mattress rolling round. I simply don’t need individuals to be like, “Whoa… Katie… Relax with the fragrance.” I actually additionally like Lakshmi Perfume Oil. I’m huge into that. It’s like, abundance and all that crap. [Laughs] It’s scrumptious. It’s so scrumptious. Additionally, equally, for Inventing Anna, we received to shoot in Morocco, on the lodge the place my character was conned, in Marrakech, known as La Mamounia. It’s one of the unique, fancy, elite lodges on the earth. They’ve their very own scent that they blast by way of the lodge. We shot that two years in the past, and I purchased a few of the scent, and I simply spray it as a pick-me-up. It’s a reminder of the final place I traveled internationally pre-COVID.”

— As Informed to ITG

Katie Lowes photographed by Katie Thompson in LA.

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