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TheHow to Get Away with Murderstar on wellness,masks, and wise emails from Meryl Streep.

A woman of substance, Viola Davis knows that its whats on the inside that counts.
Davis is a passionate advocate for better opportunities for black women. She is a spokesperson for theVaseline Healing Project. She is a mother and a mentor and already an icon to watchers of basic cable everywhere.

But, god, theHow to Get Away with Murderstar cant help it: She is a makeup and skincare obsessive.

You have to understand, she tells me when we meet to chat about her latest work for the emergencyrelief organization, that I fill gallon-sized Ziploc bags with products that I toss out and replenish every month. She revels in her latest findspotions and lotions and a new set of bath salts she picked up last month. She extolls the virtues of Vaseline, which she uses under her eyes to stave off invisible wrinkles. And she believes in the deep meditative properties of masks.

Having paused for a second to unstrap her heels, Davis rolled up her sleeves and spilled her tips and tricks and what she wishes she could tell women about themselves for

Given your love of makeup and skincare, what kind of beauty tips have you passed on to your daughter?

Oh, Ive done a really bad job with teaching her to put on makeup, but I have taught her how to put on lipstick.

Whats her favorite color?

Red, because you can see it! And Ive taught her to put on mascara, because she plays dress up. Oh, and to walk in heels, by the way. She likes doing it. She loves it. You know, shes fiveand a halfexcuse me.
But the biggest beauty advice Ive given her is every morning I say, Genesis, what are the two best parts of you? And she says my brain and my heart. And I say, Youve gotta remember that, Genesis. Youve gotta remember that youre not what you look like, you know? I think thats the best beauty advice I could give her.

Did someone teach that to you?

Not as much as I would have liked. Even though I think watching my mom gave me great inspiration, I wish that had been reinforced more verbally. It would have kept me from a lot of pain.
Are there women in your world now that have given you those lessons in confidence? Oh absolutely. Meryl [Streep] does it all the time. She does it all the time. I think she does it in a way that she doesnt even understand or think shes doing it. You know, she just sent me an email, and I was like, Thats perfect. She was like, Yes, Viola, now that youve just had your vow renewalthis is the best part of your life now. Theres not anything that you dont know anymore in terms of whats good and bad out there, so now you can just fly. Shes always imparting wisdom like that.

Since were on the topic now, was yourvow renewaleverything you dreamed it to be?

Oh my God, that dress! It was Carmen Marc Valvo and it was spectacular. And the venue! Everything was perfection. It was everything that I thought it would be, could be, should be. But, you know, I had three tries.
My first wedding was 15 people at our condo. The second was maybe about a hundred people at this fabulous casino. And you know what? I have almost no pictures of the second one, because I put disposable cameras on the tables, because everyone said, The best pictures are the most candid! The best pictures are the ones people just take! So, I put disposable cameras on the tables, and guess what? There were so many kids there that those cameras were stomped on. I had so many pictures of the floor, of peoples eyes, of someones finger. I did not get one picture I could possibly use. So this time, I said Im just gonna spare no expense and do what I really want. And thats the best thing about a vow renewalyou can do it exactly the way you want. And so, yes, it was beautiful.

On the not-quite-so-charmed days, what do you do to take care of yourself?

I go outside and listen to music. I sit in the Jacuzzi. I have a lot of spiritual books that I read that I really, really loveeverything from the Bible to Joseph Campbell, who I love. He wroteThe Hero of a Thousand Faces. Its about exploring what is heroic in you. It helps me a lot. And, you know, I play with my daughter, which always works.

Tell me about your morning and nighttime routines. What rituals do you stick tobeauty or otherwise?

I am addicted to any facial product thats anti-aging. Right now, Im usingLifeCell. Ive got the whole system. I love it. I like that and NaturaBisse. At night, Ill rinse my face in hot water to open my pores. And this is me as someone who, if you saw me in my regular life, you would say, Okay, Viola, you need a friend to tell you youre not living on the street, you know? But at night, I always wash it for 30 seconds to a minute, I massage my face, I rinse it and dry it off, and then I put on a mask, always. And, oh! I loveLiveUltimatethats another clay mask. Ill do it with my husband, too, which I cant even believe, because hes total a macho man. But he lets me play with his skin.

The couple that masks together, stays together.

We better! But, yes, in the morning,I am not a morning person, but I always work outalways. Now, a lot of people may be surprised at that, but Im very dedicated to working out. Usually, its running. It clears my mind, totally. I get on the treadmill, which I just bought, and I run on that for about 40-45 minutes. [I listen to] Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars, sometimes even Nina Simone and Adele. Whatever comes up, whatever floats my boat, whatever makes me tap into something in me to just decompressI listen to that. And then I take a shower and have to leave to go to work.

Do you think women are too hard on themselves?

I just look at women sometimes and I just want to ask them, Do you know how fabulous you are? I look back at pictures of myself and I remember thinking, I was so fat when I was growing up. I was 165 pounds when I graduated from high school. I was a mess. And then I look back at pictures of myself, and Im like, You were fabulous. I wish I would have known that then. I wish people had just kept telling me and telling me, beating me over the head and beating me over the head some more and more and more. I talk to women all the time and try to impart that wisdom.

We need it.

Listen, me too. I just came back from vacation and I ate everything. I mean Im sipping cocktails by the pool, thinking Im a size 2. And now, you know, my dress is tight. So, I need it, too. I always need to remind myself: Its okay.

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