If you’re anything like me, you’re fascinated with how celebrities seem to do it all. Yes, they have teams and assistants and all of that, but it just seems like they magically just *poof* and all of their to-do lists are done, allowing them time to just… exist. Talking with actress Alycia Denbnam-Carey, I couldn’t help but feel envious of her Australian coolness—the easy-breezy way of going through life. As the face of philosophy‘s amazing grace fragrance, it’s no surprise that she manages to do it all with, you guessed it, some amazing grace. For nearly six years, Debnam-Carey has starred on Fear the Walking Dead, and she takes the opposite of a zombie-like approach to her daily routine.
We here at GRAZIA asked her to break down everything she does from dawn to dusk, so you can envy her, too.
What time do you wake up on an average day, and what’s the first thing you do?
Every day is quite different for me, so my wake-up time varies depending on what I’m doing that day, especially if I’m working. However, I am not a morning person, so if I get the chance to sleep in, I will be sleeping in. I try to get out of bed before 9:00AM but I’d be lying if I didn’t say it’s more likely around 10:30AM. The first thing I do is look at my phone, regrettably, brush my teeth and then go make coffee.
Can you walk us through your morning skincare routine?
I first use The Method: Lancer Cleanser in the morning and towel dry, followed by a spritz of Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I next apply Glossier’s Super Glow vitamin C + magnesium serum and Dior’s Plump Filler serum for the hyaluronic acid. I finish with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream moisturizer and Glossier’s Bubblewrap eye cream. I massage everything into my face with a jade roller I’ve kept in the fridge, which gets everything nice and sculpted. Finally, a daily sunscreen – right now I have been trying the Sonrei 50 SPF daily sunscreen. It’s reef safe and smells so good.
Can you walk us through your typical morning makeup and hair routine?
My makeup routine is pretty simple if I’m not working. I use the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer everywhere I need it, Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Contour Skinstick in Amber, Benefit HOOLA Lite bronzer, eyebrows with Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Glossier’s Boy Brow in clear. I use Tower 28 clear highlighter on all the high points of the face, then I use Glossier’s Lash Slick mascara, and finish with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and a slick of Fenty Pro Kiss’r Balm. Super glowy, simple, and fresh. Hair is simple for me too. I use a heat curling iron every five or so days, which tames it and holds a nice shape if I’m using dry shampoo, which for me is Klorane.
What is your go-to fragrance and why?
philosophy amazing grace is my go-to fragrance whenever I want something super clean, fresh and feminine. It always refreshes and resets me during the day. I even take it to set so I can reset during a long day of work. The amazing grace fragrance is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, which is so wonderful and a testament to how versatile and enduring philosophy’s products are.
How do you apply your fragrance?
I’m someone who applies fragrance consistently throughout the day. My objective is to always smell good. But one trick I love is spraying my fragrance on fresh, out-of-the-dryer laundry. So when I spray philosophy amazing grace on my bedsheets, everything smells so clean and fresh.
How long does it usually take you to get dressed in the A.M.? Walk us through the process.
It’s either a 2-minute routine or a 2-hour routine. I’ve realized I’m a girl of extremes. I either throw on vintage Levi’s, sneakers, and a white tank, or I’m trying to find a whole look to go with a mood. I do love a feminine dress and a mule. But ultimately it is all about what makes me feel good, confident and comfortable.
What’s your favorite wardrobe essential right now?
Robert and Fraud sunglasses and a baseball cap.
Any other morning rituals that are important to you?
Because my life is quite different day-to-day, it is important for me to keep some consistent routines in the morning. I try and exercise or stretch most mornings if I can. I’ve been doing an online Pilates class, which always gets the endorphins going and sets me up for a good day. And lighting a candle while I have a shower and get ready – I know that sounds so simple but there’s something about it that makes me feel more connected and mindful of my morning routine.
Is there such a thing as an “average” day in your life? If so, what are you doing? If not, can you touch on what you’ve been up to these days?
I don’t really have an average day, which is something I really love, but usually it involves work, and emails replies in the morning, exercise, and then I’m either working on set or I am learning lines for an audition or putting something down on tape. I’ve started some work on some of my own projects, but currently I am shadowing our director on set. Learning from your directors during preparation and shooting with the intention of directing an episode myself is a process. It’s super challenging and exciting and something I’ve been interested in doing for a while now.
Where are you currently based? What’s one of your favorite things to do or places nearby?
I’m based in LA, but I’m so often not there, so when I do get to be there, my favorite thing is just to have dinner parties with friends. But some of my favorite things to do are going to the Melrose Place Farmers Market for fresh flowers and produce on a Sunday morning or going to the beach. It always makes me feel closer to home.
What is your favorite television show, book, podcast, or movie of the moment?
At the moment I have been watching Mythic Quest. My friend Charlotte is in it and I’m absolutely obsessed. I also started watching The Nanny for the 90s outfits and brainless fun, but of course now I’m invested in the cat and mouse relationship between Mr. Sheffield and Nanny Fine! I’ve been listening to How To Save A Planet Podcast, which is a brilliant and somewhat hopeful and pragmatic approach to Climate Change. I’m also reading Bill Gates’ new book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster. There’s a theme here.
What time do you usually go to sleep? Any products that help you catch your zzz’s?
I’m a night owl so I usually go to sleep quite late, but I’m trying to change this habit. I do love a peppermint tea in the evening or melatonin to help me sleep. If I have the time, I love a bath too.