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Viola Davis Finesses Her Lashes With a $9 Mascara

We spoke to the actor about her beauty routine, including her low-maintenance hair regimen.

4/12/2021 8:54:00 PM

We spoke to the actor about her beauty routine, including her low-maintenance hair regimen. violadavis

We spoke to the actor about her beauty routine, including her low-maintenance hair regimen.

Viola Davislash girl.And we're not talking about soft, fluttery lashes that shyly tremble when you bat your eyes. Davis is all about a bold, thick, lash — one that lets its presence be known. "I go to town on my lashes," Davis says, over the phone. I am on my couch in the corner of my just-moved-in apartment that's been set up for actual living. She, as I find out, is sitting in a room surrounded by her beauty products.

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Just call it the ways of a good brand ambassador. Davis is one of the celebrity faces for L'Oréal Paris and is gearing up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its fan-favorite. It's one that Davis uses when she's doing her makeup herself. "I've gotten very good with my makeup, which, let me tell you something, is a revelation," she says. "I was

notgood with makeup when I was younger."The actor prefers a maximalist approach when she's applying her mascara. "To lengthen them, I [swipe some on], look in the mirror, do it again, look back in the mirror. Then I do my bottom lashes going over and over until they are just

big," says Davis. "I feel like I almost have strip lashes on. I like bold eyes because I notice people's eyes. They say the eyes of the window into your soul."L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara$9Shop NowNot bad for a mascara that will cost you all of $9. But I shouldn't be surprised. L'Oréal Paris's Voluminous Mascara has been giving grown women those serious, I'm-a-lady-about-her-business lashes at a time when I was just starting to explore my mother's

makeup bag. It's no wonder it's been going strong for 30 years. And at such a milestone anniversary, it's only right to reflect. When I speak to Davis, we speak on how she's grown into herself, how she's come to appreciate what's in the mirror, and how her sense of self-worth has evolved over time.

Courtesy of brandALLURE: Let's talk a little bit about how your confidence in how you look has evolved as you grew older. What was that journey like?Viola Davis:Since I've experienced more success in my career, I've had to look at myself more. When I started doing

Doubt,Autumn [Moultrie]was doing my makeup, and I would look at pictures and I would go, "Wow. Okay. I look pretty good!" That gave me some comfort, confidence, and made me feel affirmed.I think that as you get older, you just get more confident in yourself. I don't know one woman who won't look at a picture of themselves when they were younger and go, "Man, I looked really good. Why didn't I think that at the time?" That really has been a lot of what's happened — I'm looking at the younger Viola, from the older Viola's perspective and wisdom.

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ALLURE: What are some beauty rituals that you've clung to during the pandemic?VD:Giving myself facials because I can't go to a spa now. I love spas. I do. I've done the whole thing — even splashing cold, cold water on my skin after I cleanse it. I also include my daughter. I'll say, "Genesis, let mommy give you a spa treatment tonight." I'll dim the lights in her bathroom. I'll put a snack that's probably too decadent up there for her. Something like Takis or chips, I put it in a nice little bowl.

I'll have these little affirmations that I put around her tub that say, "I am abundant, I am unique." I'll draw an affirmation saying, "Mommy loves you" and draw a little picture. I turn on her diffuser and I put bubble bath in her tub. It creates a whole spa experience for her.

ALLURE: This sounds lovely.VD:I [got the idea to do it from] an article — I literally looked it up — "How to Survive a Pandemic With a 10-Year-Old." That's one of the things that came up and I said, "Oh, I'm going to do that." Sometimes my daughter is like, "I love this, Mommy," And other times she's like, "I don't want to do that. I'm taking a shower." But I do that whole ritual for myself, too. It's all about finding your joy.

ALLURE: Which products are you using on spa day?VD:Let me tell you something: I'm a product [fanatic]. I'm not necessarily into clothes and the only shoes I love are my sneakers, of course, but [I love beauty products]. I have my acids, my peel pads. I use those, and then I have my essential oils. After I shower, I slather on lemongrass, lavender, or frankincense essential oils. I love perfume. I love my Hermès perfume. I love my Creed perfume — I spray that on even at night, 'cause it makes me feel pretty.

ALLURE:You know, I've been taking to wearing perfume to bed lately, too. It's nice, especially after a shower.VD:I love it. And I love that my husband wants to smell me, and hugs me. My husband's love and makes me feel pretty. When I say feel pretty, it just brings me a sense of comfort and joy.

ALLURE:Let's talk about hair care.VD:I leave my hair alone a lot. Right now it's braided up, but I have to be honest, Ireallyleave my hair alone. Sometimestooalone, you know? My husband sometimes is like, "V, OK, you got to do something with your hair."

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My hairstylist,Jamika Wilson, will braid it up or twist it. Sometimes I twist it, too, but still [end up leaving it alone]. What I find with natural hair, is it just needs moisture. I use the moisturizer I get for my daughter's hair — a six-in-one product I get from a beauty supply store. And then I use Tamar Braxton's

pomade that you use on your scalp and your edges. It works great.OMG You Grow Girl Grow & Glow Organic Hair Butter$20TPH by Taraji Master Cleanse$15If there's been anyaha! Read more: Allure »

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