Lea Michele might have had a rough 2013, but the actress has gone on to release a debut album, Louder, write her first book, a collection of beauty secrets titled Brunette Ambition, and got married. "It's really hard to not swear when I talk about this album,вЂќ she says. вЂњBecause I am so fucking excited! It's a beautiful, personal thing.вЂќ To celebrate her projects we chatted with the actress and singer about the beauty secrets you'll find in her book and her eclectic beauty routine.В @LeaMichele
Michele favors natural ingredients, which is why you're more likely to find her at a health food store than a makeup counter. вЂњMy bathroom looks like a Whole Foods!вЂќ she says. Her shower holds Dr. Bronner's Eucalyptus Liquid Soap ($16) and Dr. Hauschka's Lavender Bath ($30). вЂњThis soap makes my skin smell good all day,вЂќ she says.В @leamichele
To say Michele is dedicated to exfoliation would be an understatement. She starts by dry brushing her skin, then uses a homemade scrub and hand mitts in the shower. вЂњI have a whole basket of concoctions I've made in my bathroom,вЂќ she says. вЂњI'll mix coconut oil and brown sugar or sea salt and olive oil, and put them in little containers.вЂќ Try Garden of Life's Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ($14) with brown sugar after using Aromatherapy Associates' Polishing Body Brush ($32).
It's hard to believe that Michele once had skin problems: she battled acne for years. вЂњI went on Accutane twice,вЂќ she says. Now she keeps her skin in shape with prescription products from her dermatologist and La Mer's The Moisturizing Soft Cream ($85) when her skin is dry.
For Elle's December 2013 cover, hairstylist Harry Josh slicked Michele's naturally-curly locks back. вЂњHarry used coconut oil to create the slicked-back effect,вЂќ Michele says. вЂњSo I got a nice conditioning treatment all day on set!вЂќ The trick is a Byrdie editor favorite too.YSL Rouge Pur Couture Satin Lipstick $38ShopFresh Sugar Lip Treatment $24Shop
Michele lets her location dictate her lip color. вЂњIn New York, I'll wear one of YSL's red lipsticks,вЂќ she says, but while at home in L.A. she sticks to Fresh's tinted Sugar Lip TreatmentsВ ($23).
When not working, Michele keeps her locks in good health with L'Oreal products, for which she's a spokesperson. вЂњI feel so bad for my hair because it goes through so much on set, but L'Oreal's damage repair line totally saves my hair,вЂќ she says. After lathering up with Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo ($5) and Conditioner she applies the brand's Ever Everstyle Smooth and Shine Serum ($7) and wraps her hair into a high bun to dry.Chloe Chloe Eau de Parfum $105ShopHermes Bel Ami Eau de Toilette $140Shop
When it comes to scent, Michele switches between Chloe's Eau de Parfum Spray ($105) and a few of Hermes' men's colognes. Try the brand's Bel Ami Eau de Toilette ($140).В @leamichele
вЂњI'm a really big fan of a smoky eye for the red carpet,вЂќ Michele says. Try Smashbox's Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Double Tap ($22) to get her look.Evian BrumisateurВ® Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray $14Shop
When traveling, Michele keeps her skin hydrated with a mist of Evian's Mineral Water Spray To Go ($14) followed by a quirky tip to avoid catching a cold mid-flight. вЂњI put Neosporin ($8) in my nose because I've heard it blocks the germs when you travel,вЂќ she says.Essie Ballet Slippers $9ShopEssie She's Pampered $9Shop
Michele stays loyal to nail polish shades as well, using Essie's Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers ($9) on her fingers and She's Pampered ($9) on her toes. вЂњI keep these two in my purse for touch-ups,вЂќ she says.
вЂњI do yoga every single day in my backyard and I go on a long hike every week,вЂќ Michele says. вЂњI'm not a big gym person.вЂќ