Katie Lowe’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 faculty, and went to Tisch College of the Arts at NYU, learning drama. I keep in mind preventing my mother, saying, ‘I don’t must take driver’s ed! I’m going to stay in New York Metropolis for my complete life and solely do theater and I’ll by no means should discover ways to drive a automotive.’

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 obtained it in my head to strive 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 helping, and each job I might get my arms on till Shonda Rhimes modified my life with Quinn Perkins and Scandal.”

Taking part in Quinn was unbelievable. Not solely was it unbelievable as a result of I set to work with Shonda Rhimes, who’s some of the prolific, unbelievable writers of our time, but additionally, I obtained 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 day by day, we Zoom dangle, we go away on Scandal reunions… Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Bellamy Younger—the opposite girls of Scandal—are pricey, pricey, pricey pals 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 recurrently 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 obtained to play a really sophisticated, enjoyable position 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 be capable to make the present with out the Gladiator followers. It’s type of like a particular language or membership or one thing. At any time when 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 one of the best factor that ever occurred. I liked my labor. I’ve a mother podcast known as Katie’s Crib, and we have now numerous being pregnant tales on it, and sure, there are some scary issues and scary experiences. However I all the time suppose it’s necessary to listen to. There are additionally numerous ladies who’ve a good time and who’re effective, and all the things goes nice, you recognize? 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 inform you what number of tales I’ve in my head which might be simply quite boring. “I went in, I obtained induced, they did the pitocin, I took a nap, I wakened, contractions began, I obtained the epidural, I waited, they informed me to start out pushing, I pushed for thirty minutes, and the child was right here.” And that’s what you need. You need boring and nothing to jot down residence about—I went in, I conquered, I rocked it, I got here residence, and all the things went effective.

I do an entire regime from Biologique Recherche. I stay by it, so numerous my face merchandise are from there. I take advantage of P50 to take off my make-up at night time. Then, I take advantage of a serum from Future Cosmetics known as Magnificence Drops. Then, I take advantage of their Excessive Cream throughout the day and Biologique Rechere Placenta Cream at night time. Then, I take advantage of Strivectin Neck Cream. My eyes are actually delicate to something that has retinol or something in it, so I’m actually all pure in regards to the eye space. I often go between Mario Badescu Olive Eye Cream or Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream. It’s thick and shimmery, and I’m all about conserving the realm hydrated. I maintain 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 massive 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 good brightening pick-me-up for occasions. She’s superb. She has probably the most unbelievable face and physique oil known as Rejuvenate With Nousha that could be a huge staple in my home. The Reset—oh my god. It’s unbelievable. I apply it to my physique if there’s any mosquito bites, as a result of there’s numerous therapeutic properties in it, so if I’ve any mosquito bites or a small reduce or one thing, I put it in every single place. I take advantage of it most nights additionally as my final moisturizing layer earlier than I’m going to mattress and I apply it to my arms and stuff. She initially created it, I’m fairly certain, as a face oil for all of the nurses and frontline staff who needed to put on PPE. I keep in mind to start with of the pandemic, they had been exhibiting how bruised their faces had been. It was initially for that, after which we had been all like, ‘That is unbelievable’.

At any time when 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 might have these nights of sleeping in make-up, and I’d be like, “Who cares?” Now, I’m sort 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 just a little 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 traditional lady 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 at any time when I’m not working, I actually simply rock it pure and go days with out washing it and stay 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, “Practice your self to sleep in your again! Practice your self to sleep in your again!” [Laughs] And I strive my hardest, nevertheless it’s fairly onerous. From all of the stay tweeting and all of the telephone stuff we’re doing, I attempt to be very acutely aware about how a lot I’m trying down, due to my neck.

After 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} yr in the past—that you just’re not presupposed 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 presupposed 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 really like placing the Advantage Cut up Ends Serum on the ideas of my hair, and conserving 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 satisfaction. I’m like, no matter, it can come again. I obtained 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 suppose this was going to occur to me.” [Laughs]

Even my physique this time round—I’m not on the quantity I wish 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 yr. Heal. Go on walks. Do issues that really feel good.” Your physique’s going via a loopy time. It’s superb. Being pregnant is difficult, and the tip is a particular sort of hellscape. [Laughs] The tip is the freaking worst. What’s so loopy is that you just really feel petrified of labor and you’re feeling petrified of these issues, however you’re feeling extra scared to proceed your life pregnant. So that you’re like, “Please let this finish.”

I’m 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, nevertheless it’s meant in your complete physique. My nails are a catastrophe. My ft are a catastrophe. I ought to actually be doing higher at determining what I may very well 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, nevertheless it by no means occurs.

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I’m sort of in between fragrances proper now. I take advantage of numerous Eau de Orange Blossom from Coqui Coqui, however I’m additionally sort 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 continually battling colds and diarrhea, so I’m continually sporting these items known as On Guard, which has just a little little bit of a cinnamon scent, nevertheless it’s extra of an important oil. I really feel like I’m round lots of people in shut quarters at work, so I don’t wish to be too overly scented. I’m actually taking pictures a comedy scene right now the place there’s six of us in a mattress rolling round. I simply don’t need folks to be like, “Whoa… Katie… Relax with the fragrance.” I actually additionally like Lakshmi Perfume Oil. I’m massive into that. It’s like, abundance and all that crap. [Laughs] It’s scrumptious. It’s so scrumptious. Additionally, equally, for Inventing Anna, we obtained to shoot in Morocco, on the resort the place my character was conned, in Marrakech, known as La Mamounia. It’s some of the unique, fancy, elite inns on the planet. They’ve their very own scent that they blast via the resort. We shot that two years in the past, and I purchased a number 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 Lowe photographed by Katie Thompson in LA.

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