Inside Her Makeup Bag: Kate del Castillo

You may recognize her from countless telenovelas. Now Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is coproducing and starring in her own online Web novela called Vidas Cruzadas on Castillo, 37, believes these Mexican soap operas are one of the country’s greatest contributions to American culture. She’s also joined the L’Oréal Paris girls club as its newest spokesperson. Growing up in Mexico City, “I was like a tomboy, riding bikes and going to parks,” Castillo says. She’s glammed up her game since; here, her star beauty picks.

“When I was younger in Mexico, I used to smash avocado, add almond oil and use it as a hair mask. It looks like guacamole, but it makes your hair beautiful and shiny.”

Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil Organic, $12,

“The first time I wore red lipstick was for the L’Oréal print ads. I was married to lighter colors on my lips, but now I love this red shade. I carry it with me all of the time.”

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Compact in Cerise, $12

“My skin is a little dry, so this night cream is very good. It has collagen in it, and it’s not expensive.”

L’Oréal Paris Collagen Moisture Filler Day/Night Cream, $17

“I hate sun in my face; I think it’s really dangerous. But if I’m going to be outside, I use this really thick sunscreen.”

Obagi Nu-Derm Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35 #6, $44,

“Someone gave me this when I was doing soap operas in Mexico 10 years ago. I still use it because it makes lips moisturized.”

Clinique All About Lips, $20, department stores nationwide