I’m sure you’re all familiar with star actress Lucy Liu, famous first for her role in the TV show Ally McBeal and later in the movies Charlie’s Angels and Kill Bill, plus her recent role in the Kung Fu Panda franchise. Liu is probably the most recognizable Asian star in Hollywood and has really paved the way for more Asian stars in the industry. Now, at the age of 42, she’s dazzling western audiences with her still youthful appearance.
Let’s take a look at Lucy Liu’s beauty regime and see if we can’t learn something so we can all have the same lasting appeal as Liu.
LUCY LIU’S DIET, EXERCISE, AND SKINCARE
Liu sat down with InStyle magazine in 2007 and shared some of her secrets. For a Hollywood star, she seems to keep it simple. Liu doesn’t like fancy beauty treatments or plastic surgeries, saying she thinks “they damage your skin. People are getting peels and dermabrasion, and anything with the word “abrasion” doesn’t work for me. I also think a lot of plastic surgery hurts your skin.” Instead, she prefers to keep a healthy balanced diet and drink a lot of water. She also never drinks any coffee, believing that caffeine also is damaging to skin. She also takes a practical outlook when taking care of her skin, for example, she states that while she doesn’t always wear sunscreen, she “doesn’t sit out in the sun either”.
Liu claims acupuncture as a beauty and health secret, calling it a “preventative medicine”. Saying, “you go in once a month, and you get a little checkup so you’re regulated. It keeps you healthy. My parents used to get acupuncture. It has been a part of my culture and my life for a long time, and it really, really works. It can help you lose weight, it can help your skin stay young — and I’ve found it helps with jet lag. ” Acupuncture may seem a bit scary (all those needles …) for the uninitiated, but it’s actually a very calming experience. If you want to try acupuncture like Liu, I urge you to seek out a respectable and legitimate acupuncturist who keeps a very sanitary office. And remember that while Acupuncture has been around for hundreds of years and produced many positive results, it’s hardly a cure-all.
For exercise, may people think Liu must be into combat and martial arts – as she’s played fighting roles so convincingly over the years. However, Liu says that she only kicks butt when she’s training for a specific movie. Instead she enjoys outside activities like hiking when she’s at home in Los Angeles and biking when she’s filming in big city locations like New York City. “People can see me on the street — I’m not biking that fast. It’s just good exercise, and you get around quickly. It’s like being on a horse or a motorcycle because you’re outside.”
LUCY LIU’S MAKEUP ROUTINE
Liu’s day-to-day makeup routine is very simple: a clean face, concealer, and eyeliner. Her concealer is the ever-popular Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer, in Ocher, $70. She always keeps two eyeliners in her purse, a liquid and a pencil. “The liquid liner is for above the eye, and the pencil is for inside the eye. But I rarely use the pencil unless I’m going out. If you put liquid liner on during the day and then add pencil to the inner rims at night, it glams it up.” Lucy uses L’Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Liquid Liner, in Black, $8 at drugstores and MAC Eye Kohl, in Smolder, $14.50.
Liu often sports a more glamorous look for the red carpet, but she doesn’t wear a high-coverage foundation as to not cover up her adorable freckles. To let your freckles shine through, or to simply have a more natural look, try the lighter sibling to the celebrity favorite Giorgio Armani foundation: Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer, $59. Lucy always rocks a bronze glow, preferring to look fit and healthy as opposed to pale and delicate. To create this look try Nars’ famous bronzer, Laguna $33, and pair it with the illuminator version of Nars’ famous blush, Orgasm, $29. The illuminator will give you a lovely, dewy blush that looks more natural. Lucy usually tops of her look with a lovely smoky eye.
Lucy also lists Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $2 at drugstores, as one of her favorite products. She says “I use it for everything. It’s not too glossy, so I wear it when I do movies because it looks really natural. I always carry a mini with me. And if I fall, which I do a lot — I generally skid — I’ll put it on my [scrapes]. When I was shooting a movie in Montreal, it was freezing. If you take a little bit of Aquaphor and dab it on your face, it keeps your skin looking fresh. I dubbed it Aqua for Everything.” I can personally attest to the wonders of Aquaphor. I have one in practically all of my purses, it’s the best – and cheap too!
LUCY LIU’S HAIR ROUTINE
Lucy’s hair is probably her most famous feature and she takes care of it accordingly. She has never dyed her hair, preferring to keep it healthy as opposed to bleaching it then dying it. She alternates between natural products like Dr. Bonners All in One soap and Prawduct for shampoo and tries various brands, like Pantene, for conditioner. She rarely blow dries her hair, preferring to let it dry naturally, and adds Kerastase Vinyle Nutri-Sculpt cream $29 to tame frizz and flyaways.
And that’s how you can use diet, exercise, makeup, and hair styling to look just like Hollywood star Lucy Liu. Let us know what you think and if there are any other celebrities you’d like to learn more about!
* check out Lucy’s full interview with InStyle Magazine here