Hi BeautyFrosting readers,
Yesterday my first column, “Primping with…”, was featured on Giuliana Rancic’s fabulous site, FabFitFun!
In “Primping with…”, I’ll be bringing you everything you ever wanted to know about primping with Hollywood celebrities, personalities, and everyday, glamorous ladies just like us!
For my inaugural “Primping with …” column, I couldn’t think of a better person to primp with than one of my best friends, and favorite actresses – Sarah Jane Morris. We met in Dallas 13 years ago, as college students/actresses on a movie set and were fast friends. I always say it was friendship at first sight!
Sarah is a television and film actress best known for her roles as Julia Walker on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, and most recently as EJ Barrett on CBS’s NCIS. She is also a wife, and a mother to a 2 ½-year-old son.
I chatted with Sarah as she primped for Healthy Child Healthy World’s “Date Night” annual fundraiser for which she was a chairperson.
BF: What’s your favorite color?
BF: Sarah, let’s start with an easy one. Shower or Bath?
SJM: Shower to bathe, bath to relax!
BF: How do you relax or rev-up while primping for a night out?
SJM: Shut the door to my bedroom and enjoy the peace and quiet.
BF: Ha! As a single girl, I sometimes take for granted how cherished that time can be! What are you wearing for the event?
SJM: I’m wearing an LBD (little black dress) I got in Montreal by designer secondhotel, blood-red platform Christian Louboutin heels I got at a consignment store, and a black woven clutch with a gold chain strap.
BF: Any special preparations for the night? Did you do your own hair and makeup or did you call in the experts?
SJM: I went to Dry Bar in West Hollywood to have my hair blown out but ended up throwing it back in a ponytail because it worked better that way with the structured neckline of the dress. And makeup artist Sarah Uslan did my makeup.
BF: Well, of course, we’re dying to know what Sarah did to make you even more gorgeous than usual! Spill it, sister.
SJM: She used Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Nude, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 4.5, Cle de Peau in Beige on top & tapped towards the temples, Dolce & Gabanna Perfect Concealer #1 on the inner corner, and finished with a dusting of Koh Gen Do translucent powder. She perked my cheeks up with Illamasqua Blush in Tremble on apples of the cheeks. To make my eyes pop, she used Armani Eyes To Kill in #9, 15, 16 (with #9 blended on the inner corner, 16 on the lid and 15 in the crease), Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeliner in #5 (rimming the upper and lower lash lines) and Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde. For my lips, it was my go-to lip routine – Jemma Kid Lip Liner MUS, MAC Hug Me lipstick and Cle de Peau lip gloss. I almost always wear false lashes to events but on a daily basis I love Lancome Hypnose mascara.
BF: Speaking of daily basis, what are your daily beauty staples when you’re getting ready yourself? We love this stuff! No detail is too small.
SJM: Like Sarah used on me for HCHW, I use Cle de Peau concealer in Beige (which you turned me onto for my wedding!), Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (nude or sand) and/or Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 4.5, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, NARS Orgasm blush, Chanel Silky Cheek Colour in Tea Rose, Jemma Kidd Makeup School Perfect Tan Bronzing Trio, Armani Fluid Sheer #4, Jemma Kidd MUS, MAC Hug Me and Cle de Peau gloss. I also wear Epicuren Zinc Oxice SPF 20 under my makeup.
BF: What’s your signature fragrance?
SJM: Stella McCartney eau de parfum or Bliss eau de toilette roll-on (something you gave me, for Christmas).
BF: Do you have a nightly beauty ritual? (As you know, I never miss my bath and book every night!)
SJM: I wish, but no, not really. I’m lucky if my face gets washed! I always brush my teeth, though!
BF: Well, that’s good!!! Brows – wax or tweeze?
SJM: I only tweeze and occasionally I get them tinted (and trimmed and shaped, but not waxed). The tinting mostly just fills them in more when I darken up the little tiny blonde brows, so I don’t have to fill them in with makeup. Looks more natural and frames the face nicely.
BF: What is your go-to everyday hairstyle?
SJM: My go-to everyday hairstyle is either “yesterday’s hair,” a ponytail or a little bun. Goody makes this corkscrew pin that does a perfect stay-put chignon! I switch it up for events, but I often end up with it down with a loose wave.
BF: You’ve always been in such amazing shape! How do you stay fit?
SJM: I’m sort of genetically predisposed to a fit figure, but I’m also a very active person, especially since I have a 2 1/2-year-old son who keeps me busy. I do love pilates, though, and occasionally I need some Kundalini yoga in my life, but generally I just take walks with the family, ride my bike with my son and eat just about everything in moderation.
BF: Ahhh-yes, eating! Since we all have to eat and try to figure out the best way to do that day of eating for you look like?
SJM: I always start my day with a cup of coffee followed by a light breakfast that usually includes fruit, wheat toast or cereal, and sometimes an egg or bacon (I love bacon!). I often need a snack mid-morning (yogurt, nuts, or a Mojo bar) because I don’t eat lunch usually until after I get my son to sleep for his nap. I don’t eat a huge lunch…sandwich, fruit, cucumbers and hummus, or whatever is quick. This often means I need another snack after my son wakes up, so we’ll share some popcorn or fruit or cheese and crackers. For dinner, we tend to do a protein of some sort and a couple of veggies (broccoli, kale chips, corn, potatoes, or whatever else is fresh from the farmer’s market). We don’t do a ton of sweets, but we also don’t usually go to bed without a few bites of ice cream or a little cookie or something!
BF: I did NOT know that you love bacon! How did I not know this? You can take the girl out of Memphis…but you can’t take the Memphis out of the girl. Nor can you take her bacon! Speaking of your hometown, what is the best advice you received from your mother?
SJM: What’s on the inside is what counts. But always wear mascara and lipstick.
BF: I love your mom. Always have. And I love her just a little bit more now! What is the best advice you’ve ever received from anyone?
SJM: “When a door closes, a window opens.” If I’m patient enough, I can usually see the truth in this when I’m bummed about something.
BF: When did you start wearing makeup? Do you feel that was too early, too late or just right?
SJM: I can’t remember the precise age, but I would say probably 8th grade? I had older sisters, so I would sneak into their makeup and practice and I just gradually started wearing it more and more. I think whatever age it was, it was appropriate. My southern mother wouldn’t let me do anything like that that she didn’t think wasn’t!
BF: Isn’t that the truth?! What’s one of your earliest beauty memories?
SJM: Ha! Well, one of my earliest MEMORIES is sneaking behind my mom’s bed with her little super-sharp sewing scissors and trying to cut my own hair. I had very long, blunt bangs that I thought I would just trim a little off the bottom like the hairdresser did. I got mixed up and cut above my fingers holding the hair instead of below and ended up with a huge hole in the middle of my bangs!
BF: Any beauty blunders you wish you could take back?
SJM: I got a perm in probably the 3rd grade that I thought was so cool because I really thought I looked like I had naturally curly hair. I wish I’d had the sense to realize no one else was buying it because my stick-straight bangs were the only thing natural happening on my head!
BF: What advice would you give to your 13-year-old self?
SJM: Be whoever you want to be. That might mean you try out being different people at different times, but eventually you will find who you really are and are not defined by what you do or who you surround yourself by in life.
BF: What advice would you give to your daughter, if you ever have one?
SJM: Don’t smoke! It makes your skin look bad, makes you feel bad, and will eventually kill you or someone else.
BF: Amen! Word. All that jazz. What are your top 5 beauty products?
SJM: Basic Organics E-Ointment, Epicuren Zinc Oxide Sunscreen, Dermalogica Cream Facial Cleanser, Caudelie Cleansing Water, Lancome Hypnose Mascara.
BF: Almost done! Give me one word that describes you right now?
BF: Word (there’s my inner hoodrat coming out again). What accomplishment are you most proud of?
SJM: My family… I have a wonderful, loving husband and amazing son.
BF: Yeah, you do! As you know, people in Hollywood (heck, people everwhere!) talk. What would you like to hear people say about you behind your back?
SJM: I would like people to say that I am super-confident, charismatic, and kind to everyone!
BF: And, BF & FFF readers, I can assure you that’s just exactly what they say. Thanks Sarah!! Mwah!
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Dawn McCoy is an entertainer, former celebrity personal shopper and creator/editor of www.BeautyFrosting.com, a beauty, baking and being blog. She lives in The Cupcake Palace (as her friends have cutely coined it) in Los Angeles with her Maltese, Miss Ellie and oodles of pink.
Happy weekend, beauties!!