Q & A with Academy Award nominated actress Nia Vardalos about how to look great in less time:
Nia: You're right – busy moms do have to pull an outfit together in little to no time! My best advice is to have at least one black piece (everyone looks great in black), add a bright-colored top and a great pair of heels can go a long way. And, if you hate pantyhose like I do, always moisturize or use a self-tanner on your legs.
Nia: For my daughter, we've started a "timer challenge." We started it at 17 minutes to see how quickly she could get ready, but now she's really good, so we've been taking off a minute to make it more fun!
I wish I could say I'm that fast – but for me, simplicity is key. The one thing you have to have is a great smile. I feel this way now especially since I'll be standing on the red carpet next to mega-smiler Julia Roberts for the Larry Crown premiere. So to get ready for this, I use PerioBalance, a new daily dental probiotic made specifically for oral health. So I'm feeling much more prepared now that I have a great looking smile! When I'm not getting ready for a premiere, my go-to products are a good stick of lipstick and a baseball cap.
Nia: This is an easy one. Stila Lip Stain will last through many a kissing scene, both on set and off. Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre will make you look like a million bucks, and you have to have a good fold out brush for your purse. It will always come in handy.
Nia: My first must-have is a black silk camisole because you can wear it out on the town, or in bed. I adore Wolford tights because they suck it all in for you! Lastly, everyone needs a great pair of platform shoes – anything from Steve Madden to Prada – they'll do wonders for you!
Nia: This won't be shocking, but I feel great in this simple blue silk sweater I picked up at H&M, and a sleeveless cotton shift dress from Theory, Wolford tights (I'd wear them year-round if I could) and a great pair of platform shoes.
Nia: She has her own personal style, which I admire. She also makes me feel like it is OK to dress like kooky Grey Gardens if I want to!
Nia: This is an easy one. I once wore denim jeans, a denim jacket and a denim hat to the premier of Seabiscuit. Yes, it looked as bad as it sounds, and yes, I was on all of the worst dressed lists the next day. You just have to go with it though – we all make fashion faux pas from time to time!
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