“I’ve always been taught from a young age the importance of making sure that you take care of your skin,” says actor Lexi Underwood, who stars in season two of Hulu’s hit thriller Cruel Summer. “When you have layers and layers of makeup on every single day on set, it’s really easy for your skin to feel dry, oily, or have regular breakouts; so, even sometimes when I don’t feel like washing my face after a long night out, or, you know, long night on set, I always remember the importance of doing it.” Skin care begins with a TikTok find: Cosrx’s beloved snail mucin-enriched cleanser massaged in ahead of Dermalogica’s exfoliant, hydrating toner, and two Dior hydrators. To complete skin prep, a face rolling session, sunscreen, Topicals under-eye patches, and a swipe of Laneige’s sought-after lip mask seal the deal in tandem with a sequence of morning affirmations. “I love you,” the 19-year-old says to herself in the mirror. “Being an actor, it’s so easy to kind of like be hard on yourself, but I try not to be.”
Moving straight into her girls-night-out makeup look, Underwood locks her brows into place with gel. (The star admits that she was able to grow her brows with the help of castor oil after over-tweezing them as a teenager.) The star of her glam is a smoky eye—achieved through a mix of brown and red hues from a Pat McGrath Labs palette, before evening out her complexion with Giorgio Armani’s weightless foundation. “I am never a fan of a foundation that feels, like, super-heavy, or that even feels like you’re wearing foundation.” Fenty Beauty’s contour stick and Anastasia Beverly Hills’s powder sculpt her visage (pro tip: blend nose contour with your fingers for a natural look), while a NARS color corrector and Dior concealer brighten her dark circles. Turning to her final step—lips—she etches Makeup by Mario’s liner beneath lip oil. With that, she’s ready for a fun evening ahead. “I hope that you guys got some tips and tricks,” she says with a wave. “Bye y’all.”
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