Matthew McConaughey may be getting a lot of press for his work on True Detective (oh, and that Oscar), but it's Michelle Monaghan's heavy-hitting performance that's made us die hard fans of the new HBO thriller. Alongside McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, the actress has been delivering can't-look-away scenes every single week. And it turns out, we're not the only ones tuning in.
вЂњYes, I'm watching, too!вЂќ she told us in a phone interview. вЂњIt's just such a beautiful show, I'm so proud of the extraordinary job everyone did.вЂќ Of course, we also had to ask her about all things beauty, including her cure for puffy eyes, her go-to fitness routine, and her must-have products. Click through our slideshow for all the details.
вЂњI try to go for products that are natural,вЂќ Monaghan says. вЂњI've learned that it's the best thing for me because my skin is sensitive.вЂќ That includes her daily skincare routine: she uses Tata Harper's Regenerating Cleanser ($75) and Hydrating Floral Essence ($65) before a light moisturizer she gets from her dermatologist. To keep her skin smooth, the actress gets a facial every six weeks and uses Dr. Lancer's Polish Exfoliator ($75) once a week to вЂњslough off all the dead skin.вЂќ
вЂњI'm so addicted to RMS' Lip Balm ($25). I have four or five going at any given time,вЂќ Monaghan says. вЂњI figure if I'm going to put something on my lips, it should be paraben-free and organic.вЂќ
Emotional scenes and early mornings quickly result in puffy eyes for an actress. Monaghan's trick? вЂњI wear these I eye pads from Koh Gen Do,вЂќ she says describing their Macro Vintage Stretch Eye Sheet ($60). вЂњThey're these little eye masks that make you feel like a super hero-but they really take down any puffiness.вЂќMichael Kovac/WireImage
Monaghan's experimented with numerous hair colors over the past few years. Her favorite? вЂњI loved being red,вЂќ she told us. вЂњIt was such a fun change.вЂќ
вЂњI try not to wash my hair very often; normally only two or three times a week,вЂќ Monaghan says. In the actress' shower you'll find John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo ($16) and Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner ($22). вЂњIt smells beautiful and the packaging is really nice,вЂќ she says. вЂњI'm such a girl about packaging.вЂќ
When it comes to exfoliating her body, Monaghan swears by St. Ives' Apricot Scrub ($4). вЂњI've been using it for years,вЂќ she says. Post-scrub, the actress uses RMS' Raw Coconut Cream ($18). вЂњThe smell reminds me of being on vacation,вЂќ she says. вЂњIt's really light and soaks in well.вЂќ
On a day off, Monaghan starts her routine with SuperGoop's Face Sunscreen Serum ($20). вЂњIt isn't greasy or white on your skin,вЂќ she says. Then she applies Stila's Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer ($34) and her favorite cover-up. вЂњI'm completely devoted to Cle de Peau's Concealer ($70),вЂќ she told us. вЂњI've been using it for years.вЂќJesse Grant/WireImage
вЂњI really love a bright poppy lip right now,вЂќ Monaghan says. Her go-to? Dior's Diorific Lipstick ($36) in Dolce Vita Red No. 14.
Monaghan's fragrance sums up her high-low beauty philosophy. вЂњI'm obsessed with Tom Ford's Lavender Palm ($210),вЂќ she says. вЂњI try to move away from it but I never can.вЂќ The only other scent that's earned a permanent place on her vanity is Pacifica's Persian Rose Perfume ($22). вЂњIt's really light and all-natural,вЂќ she says.
When asked about her nails, Monaghan is quick to reply: вЂњI love gels,вЂќ she says. When the actress' shooting schedule doesn't allows her to wear the same shade for two weeks, she favors Essie's Nail Polish ($9) in Wicked and Mademoiselle.
Monaghan's red carpet trick? вЂњWhenever my legs are exposed I apply Pretty Peaushun's Body Lotion ($39),вЂќ she says. вЂњIt's natural and gives you this really beautiful glow.вЂќJon Kopaloff/FilmMagic
вЂњI really like to change my hair,вЂќ Monaghan told us. вЂњIt's one of the privileges of being an actor and living in someone else's shoes for six months while filming. Plus, I think my husband likes it too.вЂќ
вЂњSoulcycle is my religion!вЂќ Monaghan told us. вЂњI started working out after I had my first daughter and I've really taken to it. I'm in better shape now than I was in my 20s!вЂќ Her weekly routine includes alternating spin classes, hiking, and jogging. вЂњI try to do something for at least 30 minutes every day, even if it's just going on a walk with my daughter,вЂќ the actress says.
Products and tricks aside, Monaghan stresses the importance of hydration. вЂњHonestly, my number one beauty thing is that I drink a lot of water,вЂќ she says. вЂњI find that the more I drink the better my skin looks.вЂќ
We like the Soma Water Filter ($49).