Teen Vogue

Actress Krista Marie Yu, Shares Her Beauty Routine

On TV, Krista Marie Yu plays a your typical, text-happy American teenager on the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken. But in real life, she has a much more intense bio: dancer, singer, ice skater, and Carnegie Mellon University graduate (mic drop). And that’s not the only difference between Krista and Molly, the teen daughter in an Asian-American household, headed up by the titular Dr. Ken, played by comedian and writer Ken Jeong.

“Molly is probably a bit more dolled up than I am,” Krista tells us over the phone. The actress tends to wear copious amounts of makeup on-set as fresh-faced Molly (hey, a no-makeup, makeup look for TV takes a lot of effort), but off-duty, she takes a breather. “I don’t really do anything too crazy. I usually just try to keep it simple,” she says. “I will do a little foundation and a little blush and a little eye makeup. Natural is the way I would describe [my go-to makeup look].”

Of course, as many Asians know from experience (this writer included), snagging the perfectly matched foundation hue isn’t as straightforward as walking into your nearest Sephora. (Or perusing online, which can be even more risky). Not all brands have a diverse enough spectrum of colors or the ones that do aren’t always as easy to come across. But luckily for Krista, at work anyway, Dr. Ken makeup artist Elizabeth Smokler custom mixes hues to create the ideal foundation shade. And off-the-clock, the actress is really happy with Sothys Paris in the shade Beige 40.

Of course, limited foundation shade selection isn’t the only beauty issue that other Asian girls will relate to. “I wear eyeliner and it always smudges underneath,” Krista says. Dr. Jessie Cheung, director of the Jessie Cheung MD Dermatology & Laser Center, explains that mascara and eyeliner on an Asian monolid — especially for oil-prone skin — does tend to “smudge and run onto the lower eyelid.”

To avoid the unintentional smoky eye look altogether, Krista forgoes liner and just sticks to eyeshadow, but with backup. “I put Make Up For Ever High Definition Microfinish Powder on top [of the eyeshadow], so it seals it and therefore it doesn’t smudge,” Krista says.

Speaking of oil prone skin — to treat breakouts and conceal blemishes, the actress swears by BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Concealer. “It’s my absolute favorite,” she says. “It dries out a little zit and it’s a concealer at the same time.”

Krista has another beauty concern when it comes to her regimen. “I was having difficulty with every other lipstick because I get really chapped. [My makeup artist and I] went on this huge lip journey.” Through trial and error, the two discovered Maybelline’s Baby Lips tinted lip balms, in an assortment of shades, which — bonus! — are also under $5 each.

“They have them in all different colors and some have glitter in it,” Krista says. “I love it because it’s not just stain or lipstick — it’s a lip balm with color in it.” She also likes organic brand RMS for the Lip2Cheek tint in Curious.

Of course, daily maintenance is crucial to take care of skin and just stay healthy in general. “I drink probably two liters of water a day and I wear sunscreen everyday,” says the Los Angeles-based actress. Her favorite?

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer,” Krista says. “It’s a really high SPF. 70.” Essentially a universal shade for all skin tones.

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