Gabrielle Union doesn’t age. Though 14 years have passed since she played Kirsten Dunst’s rival cheer captain in Bring It On, we swear the now-41-year-old actress looks better (and younger) than ever. Her personal life and career are doing pretty well, too. Union is marrying NBA all-star Dwyane Wade later this summer and recently starred in the hit movie Think Like a Man Too. Plus, thanks to her gleaming smile, she’s now a spokesperson for Philips Sonicare.
At the launch of the brand’s new, pink DiamondClean toothbrush, we chatted with the actress about her skincare secrets, her upcoming wedding and more. Read on below, and click through above to shop her beauty essentials!
Lucky: You look amazing—it doesn’t seem like you ever age. Tell us all of your secrets!
Gabrielle Union: I’ve come to find that my oily skin is working as an embalming fluid that’s basically making me a vampire. [Laughs] It used to be the bane of my existence but I’m now realizing that my oily skin, along with drinking a gallon of water a day, is my secret anti-aging elixir.
What about skincare products? Are there any you swear by?
Any product with salicylic acid is my friend! Right now I have a couple little breakouts and I’m loving Neutrogena’s grapefruit cleanser. I’m a blemish picker…like a magnifying mirror surgeon, which always causes dark marks. To even out the spots I use Neutrogena’s Rapid Tone Repair.
You’re getting married this summer! How are you preparing for the big day?
I’m not! I’m eating cheeseburgers and drinking heavily! [Laughs] I’m kind of like the anti-bride. It should be fun, not stressful, so I’m keeping it light and not freaking out about it.
Have you decided on your hair and makeup for the wedding?
I’ve had a lot of red carpet moments so I’m probably going to go back through WireImage and find a look and roll with that. A note to all brides: Don’t come down the aisle looking like someone else. Be yourself…just maybe a cuter version! Whoever it is at the end of that aisle is going to love you no matter what.
You were in a lot of awesome teen movies in the ’90s and early ’00s. Are there any on-screen looks you’re particularly nostalgic about?
I loved all of my clothes from 10 Things I Hate About You. That was such a sweet and innocent time. In the movie I did right after that, I had such a power weave—it was so big and bad. A lot of those clothes looked like Easter gone wrong.
What do you love about the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush and how else do you keep your teeth so white?
It’s literally the Rolls-Royce of toothbrushes. You know that clean feeling you only get after you go to the dentist? You get that every time you use the toothbrush—no lie. There’s also a new in-office Zoom Whitening treatment that takes five minutes and it literally whitens your teeth up to five shades. I just did it yesterday and it’s definitely going to be my new obsession.