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Beauty and style secrets from the glamorous star
Vanessa Williams
ABC's "Desperate Housewives" stars Vanessa Williams as Renee Perry.
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From portraying an ultra-fashionable magazine editor on "Ugly Betty" to the gorgeous neighborhood vixen on "Desperate Housewives" – Vanessa Williams knows a thing or two about looking flawless, ageless and simply stunning. Lucky for us, she's opening up about her beauty and style secrets. Here's what she told us about aging, exercising, inner beauty, and the perfect foundation.

  • What's the one beauty product you can't live without?

    The beauty product I can't live without is Perfekt skin foundation. With just a few pumps of the tube patted on my face, it brings a healthy glow that looks like I have no makeup on and flawless natural skin.

  • What is your best diet tip?

    The best diet tip is elimination of white floured foods to drop weight. It works, but it's really hard for me since I love practically every pastry on the planet!

  • How do you start your day?

    My morning routine usually starts with waking my youngest daughter, Sasha , for school, making her a smoothie, getting the New York Times outside to start the crossword, and throwing on some workout clothes so I can get on the treadmill after I drop Sasha off to school.

  • What about at night?

    Bedtime routine is washing and moisturizing my face, catching up on my DVR'd programs and a prayer of thanks before I sleep.

  • Can you share your favorite anti-aging tip?

    I have a great skin care line that I've been using for nearly 18 years from Mila Moursi of Beverly Hills. That regimen and micro-current treatments keep me looking the best I can be.

  • What types of physical activity do you incorporate into your busy schedule?

    I have a yoga instructor that visits my home, Darin Candler, I have a trainer I go to, Harley Pasternak, and if nothing is scheduled I always find time for an hour on the treadmill.

  • What is your daily diet like?

    My diet is consistent when I shoot on TV. My meal delivery service is by Paola Petrella (Two Peas) I also love to cook for my family and really enjoy baking.

  • With all your years in Hollywood, what is your favorite health and beauty tip that you've learned and why?

    After all my years in show business, the best tip is to be yourself. There are a lot of different people involved in a career with many opinions on almost everything, but follow your heart and you won't have regrets. That applies to wardrobe, make up, hair styles and picking roles.

  • You have such great style. What inspires your look?

    I get inspiration for my style by paying attention to influences around me. Especially when I travel, I love to bring back jewelry, scarves, sandals, handbags that remind me of my travels, exotic culture I've just visited that make me feel unique.

  • How do you take your look from day to night?

    Day to night look means adding structure and sparkle. Adding a great blazer, sparkling earrings or scarf brings glamour and class with a great pair of heels to complete the look.

  • What do you tell your kids is the secret to feeling beautiful?

    My kids are beautiful, have great self esteem and a very supportive family unit. They see beauty all around them. I don't have to tell them a thing!

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