“I used to be born in Queens, New York. My mom has a really thick accent, and he or she’s third era Queens. I moved to Port Washington, Long Island, and that’s the place I used to be all through highschool. Then, I lived in New York City for faculty, and went to Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, learning drama. I keep in mind preventing my mother, saying, ‘I don’t must take driver’s ed! I’m going to dwell in New York City for my complete life and solely do theater and I’ll by no means must learn to drive a automotive.’

About two years after I graduated faculty and I used to be ready tables and doing off-Broadway and actually doing the ‘struggling artist’ factor, I received it in my head to strive Los Angeles, the place I must do my aspect hustle far much less. So I moved to LA at 25, and nonetheless had a aspect hustle for years, waitressing and babysitting and catering and private aiding, and each job I may get my arms on till Shonda Rhimes modified my life with Quinn Perkins and Scandal.”

Playing Quinn was unimaginable. Not solely was it unimaginable as a result of I set to work with Shonda Rhimes, who’s one of the crucial prolific, unimaginable writers of our time, but in addition, I received what all of us name the Scandal fam, the place actually with all my coronary heart and soul we’re a really, very, very shut solid. We textual content daily, we Zoom grasp, we go away on Scandal reunions… Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Bellamy Young—the opposite girls of Scandal—are pricey, pricey, pricey pals of mine. Even not simply the women—I used to be texting with Josh Melina, George Newbern, and Scott Foley yesterday. Tony Goldwyn and I are frequently in contact, Joe Morton and I constantly work collectively on theater. It is a real household. Not solely on digital camera was it a complete dream job, as a result of I received to play a really difficult, enjoyable position that modified a lot over the seven seasons, however off digital camera, I discovered a lot and made family and friends for my lifetime. Gladiators [Scandal fans] have been such an enormous half. We wouldn’t be capable to make the present with out the Gladiator followers. It’s form of like a particular language or membership or one thing. Whenever I meet somebody, they’re like, “No, I’m an OG Gladiator. I’ve been with Scandal since day one.” I’m like, “Okay, we’re already cool.” It’s simply an automated connection.

I’m very fortunate that I occur to work like 5 minutes from my home, which, for motherhood, is the most effective factor that ever occurred. I beloved my labor. I’ve a mother podcast referred to as Katie’s Crib, and we’ve a variety of being pregnant tales on it, and sure, there are some scary issues and scary experiences. But I at all times assume it’s vital to listen to. There are additionally a variety of girls who’ve a good time and who’re high quality, and every little thing goes nice, you already know? People actually wish to war-story about it, like, “I was in labor for fifty hours and then I had a C-section.” But I can’t let you know what number of tales I’ve in my head which might be simply reasonably boring. “I went in, I got induced, they did the pitocin, I took a nap, I woke up, contractions started, I got the epidural, I waited, they told me to start pushing, I pushed for thirty minutes, and the baby was here.” And that’s what you need. You need boring and nothing to jot down residence about—I went in, I conquered, I rocked it, I got here residence, and every little thing went high quality.

I do an entire regime from Biologique Recherche. I dwell by it, so a variety of my face merchandise are from there. I exploit P50 to take off my make-up at evening. Then, I exploit a serum from Future Cosmetics referred to as Beauty Drops. Then, I exploit their Extreme Cream in the course of the day and Biologique Rechere Placenta Cream at evening. Then, I exploit Strivectin Neck Cream. My eyes are actually delicate to something that has retinol or something in it, so I’m actually all pure in regards to the eye space. I normally go between Mario Badescu Olive Eye Cream or Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream. It’s thick and shimmery, and I’m all about preserving the realm hydrated. I preserve attempting totally different de-wrinkling eye cream, and it is likely to be okay for an evening, after which at day two or three, I’m like, “My eye is completely red and blown up.” I can’t do it.

I’m massive into my facialist, this girl Nousha (@rejuvenatewithnousha). She does one thing referred to as a Reiki facial. She additionally does aqua gold facials, which is a superb brightening pick-me-up for occasions. She’s wonderful. She has probably the most unimaginable face and physique oil referred to as Rejuvenate With Nousha that could be a large staple in my home. The Reset—oh my god. It’s unimaginable. I apply it to my physique if there’s any mosquito bites, as a result of there’s a variety of therapeutic properties in it, so if I’ve any mosquito bites or a small reduce or one thing, I put it in every single place. I exploit it most nights additionally as my final moisturizing layer earlier than I’m going to mattress and I apply it to my arms and stuff. She initially created it, I’m fairly certain, as a face oil for all of the nurses and frontline employees who needed to put on PPE. I keep in mind at first of the pandemic, they have been exhibiting how bruised their faces have been. It was initially for that, after which we have been all like, ‘This is incredible’.

Whenever I meet somebody, they’re like, “No, I’m an OG Gladiator. I’ve been with Scandal since day one.” I’m like, “Okay, we’re already cool.” It’s simply an automated connection.

I’m actually good about taking off my make-up. I believe in my early 20s, earlier than I used to be on Scandal, I’d have these nights of sleeping in make-up, and I’d be like, “Who cares?” Now, I’m type of a naturalist. If I’m not working, I by no means, ever put on make-up. If I do, it’s the Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in shade 4.5. It’s somewhat little bit of the Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer for contour, as a result of I had a child, and that helps round my cheekbones and beneath my jawline. It’s the blighlighter from Jamie Makeup on my cheeks, which is a combo between a highlighter and a cheek tint. I’m a traditional woman of the L’Oréal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara with the Shiseido eyelash roller. I’m a Burt’s Bees tinted chapstick individual. Very pure.

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I’m actually, actually cautious about placing warmth on my hair. Part of my job is to place a lot warmth on my hair, so every time I’m not working, I actually simply rock it pure and go days with out washing it and dwell by dry shampoo and ponytails and headscarves. I at all times sleep with my hair down as a result of I don’t need it damaged from any hair ties. I discovered from Kerry Washington to positively sleep on a silk pillowcase. My aunt Joan was at all times like, “Train yourself to sleep on your back! Train yourself to sleep on your back!” [Laughs] And I strive my hardest, but it surely’s fairly exhausting. From all of the dwell tweeting and all of the cellphone stuff we’re doing, I attempt to be very aware about how a lot I’m trying down, due to my neck.

When I wash my hair, I combine between Davines and Bioplex. I’m actually cautious as a result of I’ve to focus the shampoo on my scalp and head, and actually solely situation the ends. Someone simply taught me {that a} 12 months in the past—that you simply’re not imagined to situation your entire head. I couldn’t determine it out. I used to be like, “Why have I washed my hair and my roots are sort of greasy?” They have been like, “No, just shampoo your head at the scalp and then condition the ends and where your haircut ends.” I used to be like, “Oh, I’m not supposed to dump conditioner at my roots?” [Laughs] That’s simply what works for my hair, as a result of then I can go days with out [washing my hair]. I most likely solely wash my hair two occasions per week. I’m a giant air dry individual. I really like placing the Virtue Split Ends Serum on the information of my hair, and preserving the roots dry. I’m actually fortunate. My hair has this form of pure beachy wave factor, and I simply rock that.

My hair is horrific in my regrowth from being pregnant. I’ve these quick, horrible bangs within the corners of my head. It’s from all of the fallout from my hormones from having a child. I put my hair up in a messy bun and I pull these wisps and fucked up bangs—excuse my language—from the corners of my head down, they usually curl up they usually’re all bizarre, and I simply rock it with satisfaction. I’m like, no matter, it would come again. I received it again from my first child, and it’s coming again for my second. But each single pregnant girl I do know has misplaced their hair and had that second the place they appear within the bathe and it’s like a freaking toupee within the drain, they usually’re like, “Oh my god, I didn’t think this was going to happen to me.” [Laughs]

Even my physique this time round—I’m not on the quantity I wish to be at, not that numbers actually matter. But truthfully, my physique’s simply totally different, and I’m form of into it. I’m additionally fifteen months postpartum. I actually haven’t even began a exercise routine. I’m simply beginning to be like, “Oh, it feels good to walk. It feels good to hike.” My doula may be very strict, like, “Don’t workout for the first year. Heal. Go on walks. Do things that feel good.” Your physique’s going by way of a loopy time. It’s wonderful. Pregnancy is tough, and the tip is a particular type of hellscape. [Laughs] The finish is the freaking worst. What’s so loopy is that you simply really feel afraid of labor and you are feeling afraid of these issues, however you are feeling extra scared to proceed your life pregnant. So you’re like, “Please let this end.”

I’m going to mattress fully lotioned inside an inch of my life. My physique is caked on this stuff referred to as Kiki Cream, it’s a very pure, all natural shea butter. I began it all through my pregnancies too, on my stomach, but it surely’s meant on your entire physique. My nails are a catastrophe. My toes are a catastrophe. I ought to actually be doing higher at determining what I could possibly be placing on my cracked heels. I attempt to do the Kiki cream on my heels after which put on socks to mattress, and that’s at all times good, but it surely by no means occurs.

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I’m type of in between fragrances proper now. I exploit a variety of Eau de Orange Blossom from Coqui Coqui, however I’m additionally type of a hippy. During the chilly season, I’m into utilizing On Guard Protective Blend from Doterra. I’ve two little germ-filled youngsters who’re disgusting, they usually’re continuously battling colds and diarrhea, so I’m continuously sporting these items referred to as On Guard, which has somewhat little bit of a cinnamon scent, but it surely’s extra of an important oil. I really feel like I’m round lots of people in shut quarters at work, so I don’t wish to be too overly scented. I’m actually taking pictures a comedy scene at this time the place there’s six of us in a mattress rolling round. I simply don’t need individuals to be like, “Whoa… Katie… Calm down with the perfume.” I actually additionally like Lakshmi Fragrance Oil. I’m massive into that. It’s like, abundance and all that crap. [Laughs] It’s scrumptious. It’s so scrumptious. Also, equally, for Inventing Anna, we received to shoot in Morocco, on the resort the place my character was conned, in Marrakech, referred to as La Mamounia. It’s one of the crucial unique, fancy, elite resorts on the planet. They have their very own scent that they blast by way of the resort. We shot that two years in the past, and I purchased a few of the scent, and I simply spray it as a pick-me-up. It’s a reminder of the final place I traveled internationally pre-COVID.”

— As Told to ITG

Katie Lowes photographed by Katie Thompson in LA.