Christina Hendricks shares her beauty secrets and her campaign to help kids

Christina Hendricks, best known for her character Joan in the TV show Mad Men, has the porcelain skin, impeccable makeup, and phenomenal hair color that make you think, “I need to talk beauty with this woman.” I recently got this opportunity after meeting her (and seeing her incredible skin in person—it’s flawless) at a lunch kicking off the Latisse Wishes Challenge, for which she is the spokesperson. I asked the Emmy-nominated 36-year-old Prevention’s 5 DYA Questions. And it turns out, her secrets are actually just sticking to the basics: healthy facial skin care products and a great lipstick.

If we went back in time to visit you at age 10, what would you most likely be doing?
I always wanted to be an actress. I started doing community theater in my hometown when I was young, so that’s where you would have probably seen me back then – hanging around the theater!

What makes you feel youthful today?
Being passionate about whatever it is I’m working on makes me feel youthful. Being excited and dedicated.

What beauty product is always in your purse?
I like to bring attention to my lips because they are so expressive, so I always have lipstick. Specifically, Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Cosmopolitan ($30; It’s a vibrant coral color – perfect for spring and summer.

What’s your best tip for keeping your skin healthy and glowing?
I’m very fair, so I take special care of my skin by applying sunscreen daily. Not only on my face, but also on my arms and chest. It’s important to me have healthy, good-looking skin.

Who is your Defy Your Age icon?
Among many women I think of as defying their age, my icon is Sophia Loren. I believe she is among a group of women who are stunningly beautiful and defy the idea that youth equals beauty. Talent and strength of character, as well as external beauty, shine even brighter.

Tell us more about the Latisse Wishes Challenge.
This campaign was inspired by the tradition of blowing on an eyelash to make wishes come true. If you donate a minimum of $20 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at, Latisse will double your donation and you can receive a free Latisse trial certificate. Our goal this year is to raise $500,000 so a wish can be granted in every Make-A-Wish chapter across the country. I am really proud to be an ambassador for a brand that contributes to children.