SE­CRETS TO SUC­CESS

Os­car win­ner Lupita Ny­ong’o bal­ances big city life by chas­ing the sun and eat­ing a healthy rain­bow diet

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Lupita Ny­ong’o shares her beauty favourites

She made her mark on the world as Pat­sey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a

Slave, win­ning an Academy Award for best sup­port­ing ac­tress. She gave an other-worldly per­for­mance in

Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens, and now, she has New York the­atre-go­ers Eclipsed in her cur­rent role on Broad­way.

Lupita Ny­ong’o isn’t one to watch, she’s the def­i­ni­tion of a lead­ing lady. The 33-year-old has been named one of the faces of Lancôme’s new sk­in­care line, Én­ergie de Vie, and she un­doubt­edly has the per­sona to match. She tells us how she finds bal­ance in the Big Ap­ple and keeps her well­be­ing top of mind.

Since your Os­car win two years ago, your life has changed dra­mat­i­cally. Could you de­scribe a typ­i­cal day?

I work a lot. But I spend a lot of time try­ing to cre­ate bal­ance in my life. I like to spend time qui­etly on my own at the start of the day, be­fore I get busy with re­hearsals, meet­ings, per­for­mances and shoots. I love to curl up on a sofa with my close friends, drink­ing tea and hav­ing a good laugh.

How do you cope with the de­mands of New York City life?

I am a worka­holic by na­ture. It is very hard for me to feel like I have earned a day off, but I also know that I must rest, whether I be­lieve I de­serve it or not.

I am a bet­ter per­son when I take reg­u­lar time off, so for me, New York City means al­ways chas­ing af­ter my rest pe­riod. I love the en­ergy of the city; I love the fact that you can get a freshly squeezed juice at just about any time of day if you re­ally want it. But when I get home, I leave the en­ergy of the city out­side my door and en­joy my trop­i­cal, calm space.

Where do you go to recharge your bat­ter­ies?

I chase the sun­shine to recharge. I like es­cap­ing to des­ti­na­tions like Mex­ico, Jamaica, or Mi­raval in Tus­con, Ari­zona. The sun is my first recharger. For a more ac­ces­si­ble recharge, I go to nearby spas and baths around New York City.

How do you take care of your skin?

I am gen­tle with my skin, keep­ing it hy­drated and mois­turised at all times. I make a point not to touch my face un­nec­es­sar­ily, too, dur­ing the course of a busy day. I spend any­where from 10 min­utes to half an hour in the bath­room. I like a low-main­te­nance rou­tine, which con­sists of the oc­ca­sional fa­cial and body scrub, ton­ing and reg­u­lar mois­tur­is­ing.

What prod­ucts could you not live with­out?

Lancôme’s new sk­in­care line, Én­ergie De Vie, es­pe­cially The Liq­uid Care. You can re­ally feel how it re­plen­ishes and nour­ishes the skin. It’s a cool­ing lo­tion, a heal­ing serum and a hy­drat­ing cream – all in one bot­tle. So easy to use.

Én­ergie De Vie has been de­scribed as a su­per­food for the skin. Do you pay at­ten­tion to the nu­tri­ents in your food?

Most def­i­nitely. I love know­ing the nu­tri­tional con­tent of the food I con­sume. Food is medicine, so when I eat right, I feel right. Pay­ing at­ten­tion to what you eat can be te­dious, but my mother taught me a di­etary short­cut early on: when you are choos­ing what to eat in a meal, make sure you have the rain­bow on your plate. Some­thing red, yel­low, green and brown. The dif­fer­ent colours of­fer dif­fer­ent nu­tri­ents. Hav­ing nat­u­ral mul­ti­ple colours of food is one way to have a healthy diet when you don’t have time to re­search the nu­tri­ent con­tent.

FROM TOP: Guinot Gom­mage Or­ange Peel Skin Body Scrub, $49. Lancôme Én­ergie De Vie The Liq­uid Care, $70. Clar­ins Multi-Ac­tive Day Cream for Nor­mal to Com­bi­na­tion Skin, $79.

Oa­sis Beauty Berry Tonic Toner, $34.90.

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