Giada's De Laurentiis' Beauty Obsessions

Heather Muir, Allure magazine

Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis is known for her ability to make cooking look effortless (no fair), not to mention, really hot (blue eyes, a flashy smile, and cleavage help). Cooking show host, reality show judge, author, and magazine cover girl, De Laurentiis is now adding beauty spokeswoman to her roster after signing with Clairol Natural Instincts. We sat down over her own chocolate-hazelnut drop cookies (they were so freaking good) and chatted beauty.

She was a late hair color bloomer.
"I actually never colored my hair until my thirties-I have medium brown hair-except for when I was eight and mixed lemon juice and water and sat in the sun. I'm a busy mom and don't have three hours to spend in the salon so I can use a box after I put my daughter to bed. It masks the grey, brightens my golden tones, and I fell in love with the conditioner, which makes my hair so soft."

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She showed up at her fortieth birthday party in a blonde wig.
"My friend had breast cancer and lost her hair, so we went and bought these beautiful wigs-mine was platinum blonde-and we both wore them to the party and no one recognized me."

She never brushes her hair.
"My hair's curly and growing up, I didn't do squat with it because I disliked it. My mom kept it super-short so until I was 12 and grew boobs, everyone thought I was a boy. I never brush my hair-if I did, it'd be out to here. I wear it curly when I'm not working, but wash and get a blowout once or twice a week when I'm shooting-or maybe more if I'm grilling. When I first wore it curly when filming, the producer said he could see holes in my hair and that the light kept coming through."

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She makes her own olive oil face treatment.
"I have a 20-minute skin regimen. I believe in exfoliating every night. I mix baking soda and olive oil and rub it on. And I take off every stitch of makeup-I can't sleep if I don't; I feel dirty. And I use Janet Sartin Cleansing Oil-I've been using it since I was 14. I wear SPF 30-50 sunblock everyday-rain or shine, and I always wear a hat. My daughter will watch me and learn that it makes a world of a difference."

She makes false lashes last over a week!
"For makeup, I like a tinted sunscreen, some individual false lashes with CoverGirl LashBlast mascara on top, Jouer blush, and Rosebud Salve. I can make my lashes last for 10 days-it's like a marathon; the mascara acts like glue, and I clean off my eye makeup with a Q-tip so I don't mess them up."

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Fans are obsessed with her nails.
"I'm known for my nails. I use Essie Ballet Slippers, three coats, so they're white. I think it complements my olive skin tone. It's clean, yet glamorous. When I was in Rome, all of the women had fire engine red nails so I got a red manicure and my fans freaked out on Twitter, saying 'you can't cook with those!'"

Her beauty icon is her grandmother.
"She was an actress in the 1950s and was perfectly manicured from head to toe."

She drives with her hands low.
"When I fly, I try not to sit by the window and when I drive, I keep my hands on the bottom of the steering wheel, so they're not exposed to the sun." (Great for the skin, maybe not the safest method, though.)


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