Digest’s annual salute to soaps’ most beautiful women.
We put eight of daytime’s loveliest ladies in the spotlight.
Who, beauty to icon? you, is “Elizabeth the ultimate Taylor. class and She beauty. had so She much exuded confidence and strength, and definitely had that old Hollywood glamour. My grandfather, Charles Lang, worked with her on many films as the cinematographer.” What’s been your biggest beauty blunder? “I got a perm when I was 18 and my hair fell out. I looked like a poodle. It was terrible!” What products/brands do you swear by? “I love Sonya Dakar products for my face. It’s all-natural. I love the creams and masks.” What is always in your makeup bag? “Make Up For Ever foundation, because it is light and sheer, and Lancôme pencil and mascara and blush. When I do my own makeup, I keep it pretty natural.” What is your skin-care regimen? “I wear sunscreen during the day. I get regular facials and microdermabrasion. I go to Sonya Dakar’s clinic so she can keep my face looking healthy and refreshed. I use her creams in the morning and at night.” What are your must-have hair products? “When my hair feels dry, I put coconut oil on my hair and let it sit for an hour and then wash it out.” What are your thoughts on plastic surgery? “To each their own. There are so many ways to look and stay younger nowadays: anti-aging diets, vitamins, skin care, health care. You must do what you can to stay healthy because in the end, that is what shines through. Also, be a kind, loving and giving person with a smile on your face. Beauty does shine from within.”
Who, to you, is the ultimate beauty icon? “Maya Angelou. Strange choice, I know, but I believe beauty comes from the inside out. Not only was Maya quite ‘classically’ beautiful in her youth, but I loved watching her face as she aged. She wore her life proudly. I hope I have the courage to do the same.” What’s been your biggest beauty blunder? “I’m not the type to question and micromanage a hair or makeup stylist, but there are some pictures I look back on and definitely wish I’d been more vocal. Because my features are naturally so defined, I don’t need a lot of makeup. When I do have on too much, I can veer into scary territory.” What is always in your makeup bag? “A good gloss. I like something that I can put over a lip liner to make it pop, and something that I can put on alone to wear with jeans and a T-shirt during the day.” What beauty lesson do you wish you had learned sooner? “Eyebrow plucking. Thanks for the heads-up, Mom. Not!” What is the best makeup tip you’ve picked up from the B&B artists? “A little bit of purple eyeshadow in the outer crease of the eyelid makes brown eyes pop.” What beauty brand would you love to win a gift bag from? “Mixed Chicks vegan and curly hair products. Plus, bronzers. I love a good bronzer.” What are your essential, must-have hair products? “Good conditioner, no question. I often don’t shampoo, I just rinse really well and condition. It helps curls stay hydrated. I love Devacurl conditioner for my curly hair.”
Who, to you, is the ultimate beauty icon? “The first person who comes to mind is Sophia Loren. She’s one of these women who continues to stay gorgeous.” Is there anything you wanted to change about your looks when you were younger? “Yes, my bushy eyebrows. Now I wish I wouldn’t have worried about them because it’s all about bushy eyebrows and I can’t get them to grow as bushy anymore. If you keep plucking them or waxing them, the hairs won’t grow back, and that’s what’s happened.” What’s the biggest beauty blunder you’ve ever made? “There have been lots of them! Glittery lip gloss, glittery eye shadow, frosty eyeshadow .... ” What products do you swear by? “Skin Nation, Michelle Stafford’s [Nina, GH] products. She’s a dear friend of mine, and I actually really love her stuff. She’s given me tons of stuff to try, and it’s all really impressive, clean and organic, and at a great price point. I really like the body cream called Miracle Potion. I used it through both pregnancies. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it, but I didn’t get a single stretch mark on my body, before or after.” What is always in your makeup bag? “There’s a lip gloss I always wear on the show and I always wear in real life. There’s nothing else I wear, and I just learned they’ve discontinued it, and it’s breaking my heart. It’s from Urban Decay’s Naked line and it’s called Walk of Shame. I also like M.A.C Blot Film. It’s a product that takes the shine away from your face.”
Who, to you, is the ultimate beauty icon? “Right now, I would have to say Meghan Markle. She’s very easy and all about the natural beauty from within and taking care of yourself, and that’s who I am.” What’s the biggest beauty blunder you’ve ever made? “Wearing too much makeup. When I was younger, I would just pile it on. I never really needed to do that. I didn’t struggle with skin issues. It was just being in my 20s and thinking you had to have all this makeup on to be considered beautiful.” Which celebrity’s closet would you most want to raid? “I love how Charlize Theron dresses, from her red carpet looks to everyday jeans, blazer and a cute pair of heels.” What is your biggest splurge when it comes to beauty? “My facials. They get expensive. If you’re going every month, it adds up. I do believe in this industry, where you wear makeup so much and it’s clogging up your pores, you need to get facials.” How long do you spend on your beauty routine on the average day? “It’s really quick, 10 minutes at the most. I wash my face, put on my day serum and sunblock, and am pretty much done. If I’m going to be out meeting friends, I’ll put on a tinted moisturizer, a little bit of mascara, blush, lip pencil, do my eyebrows and go.” What beauty treatment are you dying to try? “I keep hearing about this vampire facial. It’s something where they take blood platelets and give you a facial with it.”
When do you feel most beautiful? “When I get out of the shower. I’m always really feeling myself when I get out of the shower — barefaced, squeaky clean, that’s when I feel my most beautiful.”
How did you get into makeup? “In my teens, I used to go out dancing a lot; I would just find parties outside of my school that I could go to. That’s when I really started to play with glitter, concealer, colored hair gels. I’m currently in a period of my life where I’m really enjoying my barefaced phase. I still love makeup and
I love getting glammed — it’s just a lot of work!”
What is your favorite beauty product? “The daily exfoliant by Dermalogica — feel free to send me a case, guys!
I’ve been using it for years. I used to work at a beauty bar, a Dermalogica bar, and I fell in love with that product. It’s a chemical exfoliant that’s gentler than a mechanical exfoliant with beads, and you can use it on your body, as well. I swear by it.”
What is your biggest beauty splurge? “Getting laser hair removal on my body and my face. That was a big splurge, and it helped me feel so much more comfortable in my body as a trans woman.”
What’s the best thing about getting your makeup done at GH? “My makeup artist there puts individual lashes on me. That’s a luxury that I really don’t have time for in my real life.” Who are your own beauty icons? “The amazing humans within my beautiful transgender community. The ability to walk out the door and shine every day as who you are, despite all the adversity that we still face today, I think that is inspiring and makes all of my trans brothers and sisters absolutely beautiful.”
What beauty tool could you not do without? “I love using my ice roller in the morning. It was like $15 on Amazon. They say to wash your face with warm water and then splash your pores with cold water to close the pores up nice and tight so that the makeup doesn’t get in. That’s essentially what an ice roller does; it makes your pores really small and tight. It has a firming effect and it decreases swelling and puffiness. Also, when I do it on my way to work, I feel like the makeup they put on me lays really well.” When you were younger, was there a celebrity whose looks you admired? “When I was in high school, I thought that Buffy the Vampire Slayer was so freaking cute. I wanted to look like Sarah Michelle Gellar.” What’s your go-to nail color? “Big Apple Red by OPI. I have to do gels so they don’t chip at work. But I have to admit, I’ve been in a nail downward spiral this year. I don’t know what happened; I just stopped getting manicures!” How do you take care of your blonde hair color? “I use a purple shampoo once a week, to stop it from getting brassy; my hair always pulls a little brassy, with an orangey hue. I’ve tried a bunch of different brands and really, I don’t think it matters: Just use a purple shampoo and you’re good.” What beauty message do you hope to impart to your daughter? “In terms of beauty and self-expression through makeup and hair and clothing, I want her to know that it is a form of self-expression, that you can be crazy and silly with it, and I don’t want her to feel like she has to tame that for anyone else.”
Who is your beauty icon? “I really love Cate Blanchett. She has fair skin like me and she’s aging like a champ. Her look is so timeless and unique at the same time. She’s so ethereal. She’s classically beautiful, yet there’s something different there that makes you unable to stop looking at her.” When you were younger, was there anything you wanted to change about your looks? “I really didn’t like my teeth, but I didn’t want to take the time to do braces. I eventually got them fixed and it made a really big difference.” What’s always in your makeup bag? “Foundation. Since I don’t have great skin, I’ve got to cover it sometimes. The foundation I use is by Fenty Beauty. In fact, there are a lot of Fenty products that are calling my name.” What is your take on plastic surgery? “If you want to change something, that’s fine, but make sure you’re not trying to look like a different person. Do what makes you happy, but be sure it’s for the right reason and try not to go overboard.” What product do you swear by? “Rodan + Fields Lip Renewing Serum, which keeps my lips super-hydrated. They come in little capsules that you just pop open and use on your lips. When I’m traveling, I just throw a few into my toiletry bag.” When do you feel the most beautiful? “After I’ve accomplished something incredibly physical. I was just in Kauai, where I kayaked and hiked for miles. I felt so strong and capable afterward. Adventuring makes me happiest in my soul and that’s when I feel the most beautiful.”
When do you feel the most beautiful? “I think that there are two different types of beautiful. When I’m at home without makeup, my fiancé always telling me that I look beautiful doesn’t hurt. But I do think that when I get all dressed, I feel more confident.” What beauty product do you always have with you? “Lip gloss. I’m stuck in the ’90s with lip gloss. I don’t have a favorite brand, just any and all pink lip glosses.” What’s the best beauty advice that you got from your mother? “Well, I didn’t listen to my mom when I was younger and she told me to wear sunblock every day. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned the importance of avoiding skin damage and protecting yourself from skin cancer, so I’m very adamant about applying sunblock several times on a daily basis.” What do you wish you could change about your looks? “In the summer, I get freckles all over my face. I’m superinsecure about them and hate them, but I don’t really know why. I just don’t want to be kissed by the sun.” Which current movie star do you think is beautiful? “Jennifer Lawrence. I just love her.” What are your favorite hair products? “I love anything from Drybar. Whenever I use their products on my hair, my fiancé tells me I smell good.” What was your biggest beauty blunder? “Self-tanner with sparkles.”
What do you do on a bad hair day? “I blow-dry the bangs, then throw the rest up in a ratty bun. As long as the front looks good, I’m fine.”