You exude an energy that contributes to your beauty. Where does it come from?
Lupita Nyong'o I feel most beautiful when I’m honest and gentle with myself. I think that comes from my upbringing. My parents in particular. They were very big on us embracing ourselves the way we were.
How do you take care of yourself and stay healthy?
LN I have a personal trainer, Ben Archer, who helps me reach my fitness goals with good humour. I also enjoy eating healthy foods—kale is my favourite green, for example. And I laugh. A lot.
How do you take care of your skin?
LN I’m gentle with my skin, keeping it hydrated and moisturised at all times. I make it a point not to touch my face unnecessarily during the course of a busy day. My routine consists of the occasional face and body scrub and regular moisturising.
Describe a typical day.
LN 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 shoots.
What’s your beauty secret?
LN The thing about a beauty secret is that if I share it, it’s no longer a secret—but one that’s worth sharing is Lancôme’s Génifique serum.
Where do you go to recharge your batteries?
LN I chase the sunshine to recharge. I like escaping to destinations like Mexico (above), Jamaica or Miraval in Tucson, Arizona. The sun is my first recharger. For a more accessible recharge, I like to escape to nearby spas and baths around New York.
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