This month Julie Benz is sharing her skin care and makeup favorites with us. Best known for her role as Rita Bennett on Showtime’s multiple award-winning series “Dexter”, Julie recently spiced things up on “Desperate Housewives” as Robin Gallagher, a former stripper. She was a fabulous addition to Wisteria Lane. Julie radiates beauty in every film and television series that she’s in. I loved Julie’s unforgettable performance as the receptionist in “As Good As It Gets”, opposite Jack Nicholson. Julie bounced off the screen with the line “How do you write women so well?”, to which Jack Nicholson famously replied, “I think of a man and I take away reason and accountability.”
I happen to be a huge fan of “Dexter” and I loved Julie in the role of Rita. She was perfectly cast as the title character’s, Michael C. Hall, beloved wife. (Spoiler Alert: You might want to skip ahead to my chat about skin care with Julie if you’re not caught up on all episodes of “Dexter”.) Every “Dexter” fan, myself included, was shocked by the death of Julie’s character last season. I was very disappointed to see her departure from the show. Before we started chatting about skin care, I had to ask Julie about “Dexter”. I told her how shocked I was by Rita’s death. As Julie responded, I could hear some disappointment in her voice…
“It was shocking for me as well. By no means was I asking to get off the show. But I’m also a fan of the show and I know there’s nobody else they could have killed that would have had that impact. Nobody saw it coming. Especially me. I found out only a couple days before I filmed it. It was very surreal. I did have that moment of defending Rita’s life. A lot of people think it’s not real. It is real! When fans see me, they want a hug. They need me to tell them it’s okay.”
Julie’s performance on “Dexter” was fantastic and I truly enjoyed her work in every episode.
How was the jump from “Dexter” to “Desperate Housewives”?
It’s been amazing. I’m a huge fan of “Desperate Housewives”. So, for me to be able to work with these women who have inspired my work for years is great.
Julie Benz is the absolute perfect example of the kind of woman that I LOVE to talk skin care with. She’s a total skin care princess and I absolutely adore that. I was in heaven through our entire chat. Her list of skin care and makeup favorites is miles long and I love her picks. She has amazing taste and being as beautiful as she is… I was all ears.
What are your skin care favorites?
What aren’t mine?! It’s my obsession (she laughs). It’s a very long list! I love Revive Cellular Repair Cream SPF 15 during the day and at night I use Revive Moisturizing Renewal Cream. I love Leaf & Rusher Active Serum. And I also have the Leaf & Rusher Tx Roller you roll over your face.
I had to stop Julie mid-list to have a quick chat about Leaf & Rusher and tell her how excited I am that she’s a fan, being a huge Leaf & Rusher fan myself.
Other skin care faves?
Sonya Dekar Omega-3 Repair Complex. Also, I have a tendency to break out and Herbal Compound from Arcona really helps with that. It’s organic. For eye cream I use Shu Uemura Phyto-Black Lift Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Contour Cream. I also love Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Creme and Flawless Skin Eye Creme. And I love M Lab. My skin is very reactive. I’m allergic to lavender so I have to be careful of skin care products that have a lot of floral essences in them because my skin has a tendency to get irritated and break out.
I’m addicted to gadgets and tools. I love the blue light and red light treatments. While my hair is getting done in the hair/makeup trailer…I use a light treatment on my face. I get great results! I love the DermaWand and I also like NuFace and Clarisonic. I’m obsessed with gadgets!
You have such great taste! What are your makeup favorites?
I have every Buxom lip loss. I love them! I also love Christian Dior Addict Lip Glow. It enhances your natural lip color. I throw that on with some mascara and I’m good to go. I love makeup. I would probably be a makeup artist if I wasn’t an actress. I love Urban Decay Eye Pencils. I have every color. I love playing with different colors a lot. For foundations I use Shu Uemura Face Architect Remodeling Cream Foundation SPF 10 for coverage. I love that for a heavier coverage. I use Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream To Powder Foundation for daytime. It gives a natural coverage. I love La Mer The Radiant Concealer SPF 25 for under eyes. And, of course, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. As far as powder, I use MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. I love playing with makeup. I also like Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder and Clinique Almost Lipstick in “Black Honey”. And I like Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer.
Do you have a favorite spa?
I love Ole Henriksen for microdermabrasion. They have an amazing spa in West Hollywood. I really stick to Ole Henriksen for facials. Over the holidays I went to the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa and to Bacara in Santa Barbara. They’re both exquisite. I needed a spa vacation. So we went up to Ojai for two days and then spent three days at Bacara. At Bacara you don’t ever want to leave. And now you can take your dogs there. That’s the best thing.
What’s your favorite spa treatment?
I always try to get the longest massage possible that they offer. Two hour deep tissue massage! I work out very hard and I get a lot of tension and I find that deep tissue is the only thing that works.
I’m sure this question is going be difficult for you because you have so many favorites…but if you had to pick a “must have” product what would it be?
Revive Moisturizing Renewal Cream at night. That really helps with my breakouts. It has glycolic acid in it which is really helpful. It helps keep my skin fresh and new. It’s also very moisturizing and soothing.
What’s in your purse?
I carry a very tiny purse. I don’t carry a lot of things. I have a Buxom Lip Gloss in there. I have Christian Dior Lip Glow, and I have Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in “Rock Star”. I have the Cle de Peau concealer and I also have the Make Up For Ever face powder in my purse.
Do you have any good makeup tips that you can share with us?
I have a tip I use to diminish under-eye bags that I learned from a makeup artist. You want to use an eye shadow color that’s almost skin tone for this. I use the Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad in “Teddy Bear”. It’s my favorite palette. Swipe the eye shadow under your eyes, just under the eye lashes. Put it a little bit lower than where your eyeliner goes so that the eye shadow just barely creeps a little bit below your eyeliner. It really helps with the way light hits your face and helps to hide those under-eye bags. It’s a great trick. Especially in photos!
Julie was a true delight to chat with…