вЂњI wore so much more makeup in my twenties,вЂќ Kristen Bell told us last week in a phone interview. вЂњI'm not sure why, maybe I was overcompensating for insecurities? Now I like being fresh-faced on my days off.вЂќ Those insecurities are laughable to the actress now, including her eyes, which she jokes are вЂњferret-like.вЂќ Bell has learned tricks to make them look larger, but we'd guess it's her powerhouse career and two daughters that have made those old concerns unimportant. That is, a career that took a trip down memory lane with Veronica Mars, a film adaptation of theВ early-aughtsВ cult TV show of the same name and in which, Bell starred.
After a few attempts to give its fans a film, it finally happened thanks to Bell, Kickstarter, and a viral video. вЂњI knew we'd raise the money we needed,вЂќ Bell told us. вЂњBut I never thought we would raise it that fast.вЂќ In fact, fans "produced" the film by giving $2 million in under 12 hours-in exchange for things like movie tickets and signed posters-and ending the campaign with $5.7 million total to make the film.
You can catch Veronica Mars on Amazon Prime (in case you haven't already), but before you do, be sure to click through our slideshow for Bell's post-baby workout, how she quit picking her face, and all of her natural beauty secrets.
вЂњI get so many compliments on my perfume, I actually hand them out,вЂќ the actress says. Her scent? вЂњAn amber oil I buy at Whole Foods for about $5. I've worn it for six or seven years.вЂќ Head to Whole Foods, or try C.O. Bigelow's Amber Perfume Oil ($15).
Another thing you'll find in Bell's bag is her go-to hairbrush. вЂњI love the Mason Pearson brush,вЂќ she says. вЂњIt's so old school and feels great on your scalp.вЂќ Try the Handy Bristle Hair Brush ($275).
вЂњIt was my idea,вЂќ Bell says about matching her lipstick to her red dress at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. вЂњSometimes it's nice to be classy.вЂќ
вЂњI live by dry shampoo,вЂќ Bell says. вЂњI use Klorane's Dry Shampoo ($20) if I have time to go to the beauty supply store, but I also love the Suave Dry Shampoo ($13) from the drugstore.вЂќ
вЂњI genuinely like doing DIY beauty recipes at home,вЂќ Bell says. вЂњI'll make a scrub with brown sugar, honey, and olive oil and keep it in a Mason jar in my shower for a month. I also mix avocado and lemon and make it into a face mask.вЂќ
вЂњI used to pick my skin a lot,вЂќ Bell told us. вЂњIt was just so rewarding, but then I realized how much damage it causes.вЂќ Now the actress, who is the face of Neutrogena, swears by another method to keep her pores clear. вЂњUsing a hot washcloth gives me much better results.вЂќ
After her morning hot-compress, Bell applies Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Moisturizer ($16). вЂњI have a bit of eczema, and if I use something unnatural it will just sit on top of my skin,вЂќ she says. вЂњMy skin drinks this in immediately.вЂќ
вЂњMost people have great hair when they're pregnant, but I was the opposite,вЂќ Bell told us. вЂњMy skin was glowing but my hair was so brittle.вЂќ Her remedy? вЂњI love using coconut oil as a moisturizing hair mask,вЂќ she says. вЂњPlus it smells like a piГ±a colada!вЂќ Between treatments, she lathers up with Neutrogena Triple Moisture Shampoo ($9) and Conditioner ($5). Try Barlean's Organic Oils Organic Virgin Coconut Oil ($17).
Post wash, Bell reaches for Kevin Murphy Body Builder Volumizing Mousse ($31). вЂњIt's like a root booster and a dry shampoo in one,вЂќ she says. вЂњIt's a great one-step product to style my hair.вЂќDimitrios Kambouris/WireImage
вЂњI just throw on a bit of mascara and lip balm on my days off,вЂќ Bell says. вЂњBut I also love having fun with makeup.вЂќ Above, the actress attends the New York screening of her film Veronica Mars.
вЂњI have really small eyes, they're almost a little ferret-like,вЂќ Bell told us. Her beauty trick to make them appear larger? вЂњI've learned to put my mascara on with a fan brush, so it's darker at the roots and lighter at the ends, which opens up your eyes.вЂќ Try Make Up For Ever's 200 Eye Fan Brush ($22).
Bell also strategically applies her eyeliner and curls her lashes with Shu Ueumra's Lash Curler ($23). вЂњIf you put on your eyeliner just from the middle of your lid to the outside edge it helps to open your eyes,вЂќ Bell says. вЂњAnd whenever I'm on camera I'm always wearing individual lashes.вЂќ Try Ardell's DuraLash Flare ($6) in Medium Black.
Bell's love of DIY beauty products extends to her travel routine. вЂњI like to have a bit of fresh rose water with me,вЂќ she says. вЂњI just mix a little rose essential oil with water and keep it in a little bottle to spray on my face when I get off the plane. You can use peppermint or lavender essential oils, too.вЂќВ In her travel bag, you'll also find Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm and hand sanitizer. вЂњWhen you travel, you're around so many people-many of whoВ just had their fingers in their nose, вЂњ Bell says. вЂњSo it's nice to have a hand sanitizer around.вЂќMichael Buckner
вЂњI used to hate lipstick,вЂќ Bell says. вЂњBut over the last year have done a complete 180. I love anything bright-pink, red, and coral-it makes me feel like a lady.вЂќ
вЂњI just started doing pilates three months ago, and I've realized that all other forms of exercise are now irrelevant to me,вЂќ Bell says. вЂњMy goal was to lose my baby weight, but I also wanted to feel strong. It's way more attractive to be fit than waif-like.вЂќ Manduka ProLite Two-Tone Yoga Mat ($86), pictured.
Post-workout, Bell swears by a DIY salt bath. вЂњI love soaking in a bath with Epsom salts,вЂќ she says. вЂњIt's so soothing and makes sore muscles feel great again.вЂќ Try Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution ($7).C.O. Bigelow Amber Perfume Oil $15ShopMason Pearson Handy Bristle Hair Brush $275ShopKevin Murphy Body Builder Volumizing Mousse $31ShopSuave Dry Shampoo $13ShopKlorane Dry Shampoo $16ShopNeutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Moisturizer $16ShopShu Uemura Lash Curler $23Shop