This article originally appeared on People
On the surface, we have very little … okay, maybe nothing in common with Nicole Kidman. She’s got awards galore, counts other Hollywood A-listers among her colleagues and friends, and likely gets serenaded by Keith Urban daily. But when it comes to the actress’s beauty routine, we can more than relate to her practical approach.
“I like anything that is low maintenance and quick, yet can still give me results,” says the actress. “I don’t have a lot of time, so I can’t need 100 things, just a small number of products I really love.”
So what will you spot in the star’s cosmetics bag?
Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine, which Kidman wore to The Upside premiere during the 2017 Toronto Film Festival (below).
The brand’s spokeswoman says the product is a staple in her purse because “it’s easy to apply, and when I put that on my lips and it just gives them a little color and moisture.” (It’s also a staple in Kerry Washington’s bag – she revealed that she and Kidman even wear the same shade sometimes!)
She also stocks up on Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes “because with them, I can be in a car or on a plane and I can take my makeup off,” she explains. Also ever-present: the brand’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream.
“I have really sensitive skin, but when I put on that cream, I’m like, ‘Okay!’ because it doesn’t cause dryness or redness, which can sometimes happen with retinol products.”
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But Kidman, who celebrated her 50th birthday in June, says that while she doesn’t mind a boost from a skin-smoothing cream, she’s on board with the movement to stop using the term “anti-aging.” “The cream is about helping you with wrinkles, it’s not about taking away your aging because aging gives you wisdom!” she says. “Women are having babies in their 40s and are wanting to continue their careers well into their 70s. They don’t want to be told, ‘No it’s over.’ We’re doing so much more. And I think we have helped that shift by all of us women banding together.'”
And the actress has done just that, teaming with Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz and more female forces to create the critically acclaimed HBO series Big Little Lies, which earned 16 Emmy nominations — and won eight trophies — in September. The ceremony capped off a whirlwind couple of months in which Kidman also promoted four separate projects at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and celebrated an Oscar nod for her role in Lion.
The star’s husband has a theory about her banner year.
“[Keith] calls me the tortoise from [the book] The Tortoise and the Hare. He goes, ‘You do your own thing and eventually people understand you. That’s your journey, I think. You know you and you know your nature [but] people are starting to know you now.’”
“I’m like, ‘I don’t know if I want to be a tortoise!’ but it’s a compliment. It’s taken a really long time, I’m not bounding out of here. But slow and steady, I suppose. And I hope I get to keep going,” says the star, who counts Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Shelley McClain and Jessica Tandy among her inspirations. “[Tandy] was on stage winning an Academy Award at 80, which is just awesome.”
And the moral is one she hopes to pass on to her daughters, Sunday Rose, 9, and Faith Margaret, 6.
“I love what I do, it’s that simple, and so I supposed I just stay committed to that, which is what I try to teach my girls: Sometimes things will work out and you’ll shine for a moment and sometimes they won’t but that slow and steady is a good way to approach life.”