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Packed schedules and beauty routines don't always go hand-in-hand — and Nora Lum, whom you likely know as Awkwafina, does not exactly have a clear calendar. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the actor, comedian, and rapper has steadily been working: She finished filming Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and next up is set to appear in Disney's live-action The Little Mermaid.On top of that, she has been shooting her Comedy Central sitcom, Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens.
Free time may be hard to come by, but Lum seems to enjoy, or at least tolerate, the rollercoaster ride. "It's insane. I'm [filming] every day and many weekends," Lum tells Allure in her cover story for our June/July 2021 issue. "But it fills the time up better when you're busy rather than kind of idle."
Those increasingly rare moments of downtime are when Lum finds an opening for self-care, which, if you ask her, means checking off her to-dos, hitting snooze as much as possible, and (at least every once in a while) indulging in some seriously luxurious skin-care products. Lum shared her favorite beauty routines, tips, and products with Allure, including her go-to sunscreen, favorite makeup colors, and maybe the strangest beauty hack we've ever heard.
Best beauty tip you’ve learned in the makeup chair: If you get mascara on your eyelid, wait 'till it dries to clean it off!
Best beauty tip you’ve learned anywhere: Disposable toilet seat covers (preferably unused) can be used for face blotting.
Three words you’d use to describe your current look: Fell Out Bed.
Last product you finished: Nars primer.
Nars Smooth and Protect Face Primer
Three makeup shades that you love: Taupe, maroon, gold.
Greatest beauty extravagance: Sisleÿa L'Integral eye cream!
Current obsession, period: The Circle on Netflix.
First thing you do when you wake up: Reset my alarm and go back to sleep.
Most used item in your shower: Probably the shower knob.
Sisley Paris Sisleÿa L'Integral Eye & Lip Contour Cream
Your skin-care routine is: Take off my makeup, wash my face, apply serum when my face is still slightly damp, then moisturize. (Also thank you, Michelle Lee, for literally teaching me what even a skin-care routine is a couple of years ago.)
Favorite sunscreen: Beautycounter Countersun.
If you got a [new] tattoo it would be a ____ on my _____ My cat as an astronaut, neck.
Favorite non-perfume smell: Sautéed garlic and olive oil.
I’m happiest when: I’ve completed a task I’ve put off that has also been stressing me out.
Favorite place to shop for beauty products online: Looking up what products you usually buy in person and seeing which place delivers fastest and is maybe at a sales price?
Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion
What self-care means to you: Self-care is attention to peace of mind and attention to the connection between mind and body.
Hair color/style you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t yet: Lilac pink.
My fantasy superpower would be: Mind reading.
My actual superpower is: Willing to humiliate myself enough to make people around me feel comfortable and happy.
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