Jennifer Taylor, who plays Charlie Sheen’s fiance Chelsea on the CBS hit series “Two and a Half Men”, is sharing her skin care and makeup favorites with us. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey and raised in Ft. Lauderdale since the age of ten, Jennifer discovered that she enjoyed acting after she landed a TV commercial. Following a successful modeling career, Jennifer made her film debut in “Wild Things” portraying Matt Dillon’s girlfriend. While living in Miami she was a series regular on the telenovela “Miami Sands” and appeared in the Adam Sandler comedy “Water Boy.” Since moving to Los Angeles she has guest-starred on numerous series such as “Ghost Whisperer” but her most propitious role transpired when she guest-starred on “Two and a Half Men”. The show’s executive producer, Chuck Lorre, was so impressed with Jennifer (she had also appeared on the pilot) that he brought her back for four different roles. After portraying Charlie Sheen’s fiancée last season they decided that the chemistry was so good between them they hired her as a series regular for this season.
Jennifer resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two young children. I caught up with Jennifer to ask her about her work on “Two and a Half Men” and to chat about her skin care and makeup favorites. Enjoy!
What’s your experience been like so far on “Two and a Half Men”?
My experience there has been amazing. I love going there every day. The guys are great. It really is like a dream come true, this job.
How has it been working opposite Charlie Sheen?
He’s wonderful. He’s kind and gentlemanly. I enjoy working with him. He doesn’t bring his personal life to work.
What are your skin care favorites?
Oh god, I’m all over the place. I’ll try anything that works. I really, really like Philosophy. I have their Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash and Purity. I like their Microdelivery Peel. I use Philosophy Hope in a Jar for a moisturizer. And I have a bunch of glycolic stuff from Jan Marini. I got it from Peggy Nichols, my makeup artist on “Two and a Half Men”. She turned me on to it. All of their products have glycolic acid in it, so it’s really nice. I have a couple of their cleansers. Their Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub is awesome. I use that and I feel smooth and twenty again.
What are your makeup favorites?
Again, I’ll try everything. I have Laura Mercier concealer, their little Camouflage pot. That’s really cool. I like gadgets too. I also use I.D. Minerals makeup for everyday. And Benefit Erase Paste for under eye concealer is awesome. I like Physicians Formula Plump Potion, Lip Pluming Cocktail. I’ll try anything once.
Do you have a “must have” product?
Yes, the Shu Uemura eyelash curler. I have really long lashes but without the curler they’re straight. So I can use that and not even wear mascara. I’ve tried every lash curler. This one just feels really secure and gets them the perfect shape.
What’s your favorite spa treatment?
A massage. It has to be a really good, hard massage. Because somebody just poking at my back is just a waste of time.
What’s in your purse?
I have a love/hate relationship with makeup. I love it when I have it on but when I don’t have to wear it, I don’t. When I leave the house, if I have makeup on, that’s it. If it comes off during the day, I’m SOL because I don’t carry any makeup with me. But I’ve always carried, even before I had kids, baby wipes. They are so handy! If you spill something on your clothes, which I do daily…obviously for the kids or if you’re just feeling hot and sweaty, you’ve got baby wipes. That’s all I have in there. I might have some Chapstick in there that my daughter likes to eat. (we both laugh). My daughter is 21 months and she’ll see me putting on makeup and she says “makeup” so I let her hold some Chapstick or lip balm and she puts some on, but then winds up eating it and I have to take it away.
Do you have any skin care favorites for your little one’s?
There’s only one thing, because I love the smell of it, is Johnson’s Baby Lotion. And actually my little girl is getting the short end of the stick because I actually love it for me for a body lotion. It just works really well and smells good. And I’ve tried other one’s and the smell just doesn’t compare, so I always go back to that.
Do you have any good tips or advice for skin care?
You know what’s really helpful is if you use a washcloth. A really cheap, rough washcloth. After you use your cleanser, just really scrubbing with a washcloth exfoliates a little bit more. My skin always feels cleaner after I use a washcloth. And I get a bunch of them so that I’m not reusing the same washcloth each day and I don’t have to do laundry every single day.