The Secret to Regina King’s Great Skin Can Be Found at Any Drugstore

The actor fills us in on all her favorite things right now.

When Regina King has a rare day off, she does it right—you’ll catch her lounging poolside, with a margarita in one hand and a taco in the other. Any rest and relaxation King can get comes well deserved considering the Oscar (and Emmy and Golden Globe)-winning actor has been hard at work the last few years filming the critically beloved HBO series Watchmen and directing award-season favorite One Night in Miami…. (As well as, you know, being honored as a Glamour Woman of the Year.)

Next up: You’ll see her in The Harder They Fall, a Western for Netflix that premieres on November 3. After that, she’s gearing up to play Shirley Chisholm in a new biopic about the groundbreaking congresswoman—a project that’s sure to score King yet another round of award nominations. 

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Off screen, Regina King keeps her plate full as well. She recently became the face of the new Wells Fargo 2% Active Cash card—a partnership that King says she was drawn to because of the company’s commitment to make a $1 million donation to Kollab, a Los Angeles–based program that exposes underserved kids to career opportunities and encourages financial health. 

And with all of this going on, she still found time to talk to Glamour for our latest installment of Your Fave’s Faves. Find out the best money advice she’s ever gotten, the last great book she read, her favorite taco recipe, and more. Read on!

The best money advice I’ve gotten

My favorite cash tip would be from my mother: to pay my credit card off at the end of every month. Don’t let it roll over!

The last great book I read

Because I’m getting ready to play Shirley Chisholm [in the upcoming feature film Shirley], I’m going back and reading her book. So that’s just at the forefront of my mind right now. 

“Unbought and Unbossed” by Shirley Chisholm

$16.99AmazonBuy NowMy favorite thing in my closet

I’d say my personal style is…I want to say comfort because I am a real casual type of chick. But I will say I feel like I’m classic and funky at the same time. I don’t like shopping. I don’t like having to take off my clothes and try things on because I hate taking things back. So I won’t lie, I do online. I can do it in the comfort of my own home and send it back. 

Right now, today, my favorite thing in my closet are these pair of Jordans I just got. Red, black, and, white Chicago Bull ones. I’m not a Bulls fan, but I love those Jordans.

My go-to skin-care products

I’m a huge, huge, huge fan of Arcona. I’ve been faithful user of their products forever. They haven’t steered me wrong. But as of recent, I’ve been loving Pat McGrath’s lip pencils and glosses. The lip pencils just go on so smooth, like a fresh crayon to paper. You know that fresh, brand-new crayon that’s just sharpened, and you draw that first thing on the page? They just go. They just glide. That’s how her lip pencils glide. 

Pat McGrath Labs PermaGel Ultra Lip Pencil

$28SephoraBuy NowA beauty tip from my grandmother I’ve always loved

I’ve been using Vaseline all my life—a tip from my grandmother—because lotion sometimes can be watery. So I love the Vaseline Cocoa Radiant lotion that I put on, and then I put the O.G. Vaseline on top. I think it’s a win-win, especially in the winter. You don’t probably need the extra layer of the Vaseline on top in the summer, but in the winter that keeps me from…you know how people have the funky cracked heels and all of that? I’m able to keep all of that at bay and not have ashy skin in the winter.

Vaseline Essential Moisture Cocoa Radiant Lotion (3-Pack)

$11.77AmazonBuy NowMy signature scent

When I am not using the Cocoa Radiant lotion, because that’s a pretty strong scent itself, I love Jo Malone Red Roses. I actually mix it with another perfume: the original Chloé perfume. The one with the pink bow. The O.G. A squirt of the Red Roses and a squirt of that makes my Red Roses smell different.

Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne

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Chloé for Women Eau de Parfum

$69.63AmazonBuy NowHow I like to spend a day off

My favorite way to spend the day off is by the pool with tacos and margaritas. On the rocks, Casamigos, with maybe a little bit of agave and lime juice. And shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it. Put it in the glass. No salt on the rim.

I’m born and bred in L.A., so you have to know how to make a good taco, and you have to know where to go to get a good taco. I know how to make amazing tacos. I also know how to make vegetarian tacos and vegan tacos. I’ve really been into proving people wrong, who feel like they have to have meat in their tacos. I’ve been doing tacos with, in place of the meat, a mix of purple yam and zucchini. Delicious. And everyone who has tried them is like, “Oh, my God, I don’t ever have to have meat.” And I’m like, “See, I told you.”

Anna Moeslein is the deputy editor at Glamour.

This story originally appeared on: Glamour - Author:Condé Nast

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