Beauty Haul

Stay moisturised

Actress Katie Holmes is the global brand ambassador for haircare brand Alterna.
Actress Katie Holmes is the global brand ambassador for haircare brand Alterna.PHOTOS: ALTERNA, JO MALONE, OLAY, SK-II, TOM FORD

Katie Holmes, 36, actress

Over the years, her thick brunette mane has been fashioned into flattering styles that have kickstarted trends. There was a sharp bob, a pixie cut, a choppy chin-length crop and now, a tumble of curls. Fittingly, the actress is the global brand ambassador for haircare brand Alterna.

In an e-mail interview, the mother-of-one shares her beauty must-haves.

1. Jo Malone Orange Blossom Cologne

I use different fragrances all the time, but I always come back to this cologne. I have been using it for years. I just love the citrus undertones - it is simple, clean and elegant.

2. Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser

While I was growing up, all the women I looked up to used Olay, so it reminds me of timeless beauty. The brand is also based in my home state, Ohio, so I have a natural connection with it.

3. Alterna Haircare Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist

A stylist turned me to Alterna years ago. I was drawn to the brand because the formulas are free of harsh and synthetic chemicals. I am obsessed with the Oil Mist and carry it everywhere. It is great for touch-ups during the day and infuses my hair with moisture.

4. SK-II Mask

I got into these sheet masks when I started travelling more. I love wearing one on flights or when I am sleeping, to keep my skin nice and hydrated.

5. Tom Ford Blush

I always keep a powder blush in my purse. Tom Ford has some really beautiful shades. That is my little trick because you never know what the day is going to bring. And blush can wake you up and make you look presentable.

6. Purple eyeliner

While I like to keep my make-up natural and typically opt for brown and black, I have recently started to use purple eyeliner. It makes my eyes look greener.

7. Water

People always forget this. Staying hydrated is important and makes such a difference to the skin. I always drink lots of water and exercise to help take care of my skin and health.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 10, 2015, with the headline 'Stay moisturised'. Print Edition | Subscribe