Lana Condor Shares the No. 1 Self-Care Ritual She Practices Daily During Quarantine
Ever since To All The Boys I've Loved Before came into our lives (and hearts), Lana Condor has endeared herself to many. Though she's officially wrapped her role as Lara Jean Covey, we're happy to know that we'll still be seeing lots of her in upcoming projects (like her recently confirmed HBO Max movie with Cole Sprouse) and as a global ambassador for Neutrogena.
We caught up with the actress just after her win for Best Movie at the MTV Movie & TV Awards to discuss all things beauty and self-care over the past year of quarantine.
What is your favorite on-screen or red-carpet look that you’ve worn to date?
"I really loved the look I wore to the MTV Movie Awards. We did this graphic bold eyeliner and I haven’t worn a graphic eye, I don’t think ever, in public. It was especially refreshing to try after this past year, where I haven’t worn any makeup at all. To just go bold was fun."
What is the most useful beauty tip you’ve learned from working with so many makeup artists throughout the years?
"Brushing a [mascara] spoolie over a bar of clear soap and combing it through my brows to keep them tamed. That’s a little trick that Melissa Hernandez, my makeup artist, showed me that I use every single day. It's so simple and it works. I no longer need to use brow gel."
How have you been grounding yourself over this past year?
"I have been deeply prioritizing my self-care because there’s just been so much that we have to process with everything that’s going on in the world," says Condor. "There’s also a lot of pressure right now, as Asian women, to take our hearts and put it out there, to speak out and to protect and advocate for our community," she adds. [Condor is referencing the recent rise in anti-Asian hate crimes since the pandemic.]
"To do that, to be able to continually show up, you really have to take care of yourself because when you’re putting so much energy out, you need to recharge or you won’t have anything left to share. For me that's taking the time for a two-hour nightly self-care routine, which sounds aggressive, but it helps me wake up feeling more ready and confident to start each day," she explains.
"I run a bath, toss in a some CBD salts and a magnesium soak, I light all of my candles, and then I just soak it in and do some positive affirmations. I speak them out because I like to hear myself saying them out loud. I am very protective of my tub time routine," she adds. "We are all worthy of taking time to show love for ourselves."