Actress Julie Bowen Dishes on Driving Gloves, Her Desert-Island Beauty Products, and Having It All

The Modern Family matriarch isn't afraid to share what she really thinks about being a working mom. Learn how she manages her career and family, along with the tips and drugstore secret weapons that keep her fit, happy, and flawless.

Q: What advice do you have for busy working moms who want to "have it all" but are struggling to make everything click?

A: There is no having it all. I love my life and I'm so lucky, but you've got to lower your standards. You're not going to be able to make cookies for the bake sale and have a perfect blowout. You've got to make some choices, and if you have kids, you're going to put their needs first, so some stuff goes by the wayside. If home-cooked meals are a priority, then you make them. But for me, they roast chickens at Whole Foods. They're literally roasting them right there. I got a rice cooker. It changed my life. I was like, "Wait a minute, you don't have to burn rice?" I'm happy to take those kinds of shortcuts wherever I can, because I can't take a shortcut on homework time or work. I have to prioritize those.

Q: How do you find balance?

A: Some people say "Happy mom, happy home." I don't know that I'd go quite that far, but if you don't make any time to do something that you love, you're going to be miserable. You've got to build a little of it in there somewhere, and it doesn't have to look like anybody else's "me time." I have so many friends who love to go to the spa. I'm not a spa girl. I like to get stuff done. For me, it's going for a run or getting some exercise. I like to download a book on Audible and go for a run and I'm like, "I just read and ran." Download books! Listen to them when you work out or drive. It's not cheating. It counts."

Q: How do you streamline your beauty routine so you look and feel great on the go?

A: I'm pretty lucky that when I show up at work I've got incredibly talented makeup artists, but I have to give them a good palette to start with. I wear a lot of sunscreen, use Neutrogena's Rapid Wrinkle Repair, and I get a lot of exercise and sleep because it's like you're constantly running a marathon working, spending time with the kids, doing carpool dropoffs -- it never stops, so it doesn't do anybody any good to be exhausted.

Q: You work with a cast of beautiful women on <em>Modern Family</em>. What's the best beauty trick you've learned from them?

A: Sofia Vergara likes to do her own makeup for the most part, and she's incredible at it. She's amazing at putting on false eyelashes, and I've gotten really good at it, too. I do love some eyelashes -- I'm not afraid to admit it. Sarah Hyland is so young and beautiful. So is Ariel Winter, so you just can't really compare. They've got that dewy, wonderful, skin, and I'm just always mothering them and telling them to put on sunscreen.

Learn how Sofia Vergara gets ready here. 

Q: What anti-aging tips or tricks have helped you the most?

A: Sunscreen is so important. I have tried to stay out of the sun religiously, but in southern California it's almost impossible. I'm not afraid to wear gloves when I drive my car -- that's right, you heard me. It's a little like Grace Kelly, but it saves you from getting that crazy freckled left arm and hand. 

Q: What beauty products would you want if you were stranded on a desert island?

A: Every kind of sunscreen Neutrogena makes. I like Beach Defense, and the Ultra Sheer Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 pretty much blocks out the entire world. I'm also obsessed with Sally Hansen's Cuticle Cream -- it's always with me. 


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