Article taken from InStyle.

The actress and beauty campaign star shares the beauty products, secrets, and philosophies she leans on now.

You may already know that Viola Davis kills as Annalise Keating on ABCsHow to Get Away With Murder(sometimes literally!), looks amazing with a natural afro, and is the star of LOreals latest Age Perfect campaign. A lesser known fact about the actress? She cant stop collecting bottles of perfume (her latest acquisition, FYI, isByredos La Tulipe) or, well, beauty products in general, a passion she shared with us for our February issues Beauty Talk pages. Keep reading for her thoughts on rediscovering makeup in her fifties, whom she calls for beauty advice, and why having natural hair is actually like being in an AA group.

Youre thenew face of LOral ParisAge Perfect, which is for women over 50. When much of the beauty industry is focused on youth, how does it feel to be acknowledged by a major label?

Its like someone finally sees me. Many women get to a certain point in their lives and no one looks at them or values them anymore as if they are invisible, you know? The fact is that beauty is not something that can just be defined by youth.

Do you find your morning routine has gotten more or less complicated with age?

Im completely into everything from undereye moisturizer to all shades of lipstick, which is surprising because I never used any products in my twenties. Now I have about 30 bottles of perfume alone; each one is for a different occasion. I feel more girlish and buoyant in my fifties than I ever have before. Ive released my inner woman!

This is our Badass issue. Whats your most badass beauty moment?

When I wore a big Afro at the 2018 Golden Globes with my black [Brandon Maxwell] dress. I feltawesome. It was a throwback to all the characters I loved when I was younger, like Christie Love, played by Teresa Graves, who was my first hero. I felt like me, but my fantasy of me.

Over the past several years natural hair has become a signature for you. Why did you decide to make the switch?

Im at a period where I want to step into who I am. Ive spent too long not feeling pretty or feminine enough not feeling enough. And part of that was about my hair! Like any fear in life, I had to deal with it. So when I was nominated forThe Helpin 2012, I walked down the Oscars red carpet, one of the most public events known to mankind, with my natural hair. Its been great, though I do have my moments. I always say that when Black women who have gone natural get together, its like being in an AA group. The conversations are like, How long have you been natural? Oh, two months today. I have good days and bad days. But mostly good days. Sometimes I put a wig on; sometimes I take it off

Who do you call when youre having a hair or makeup crisis?

My friend [actress] Elisa Perry. She always knows the answer. She and my husband, Julius Tennon and my opinionated 9-year-old daughter, Genesis tell the truth in a helpful way. They say things like, That doesnt work because of how the light hits. Its often said that when you achieve a certain level of fame, youll be surrounded by yes people. But then sometimes people will also be mean to you and justify it by that statement. The key is to have confidantes who love you and are lovingly honest.

Speaking of Genesis, whats the most important beauty advice you hope to pass on to her?

Thats easy. I tell her that she is starting with the most beautiful palette imaginable herself. To never cover or erase who she is. I want her to know that she is enough.

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