52 Faces: Tiana Okoye

by Megan Beauchamp ; Updated September 28, 2017

Tiana Okoye is an LA-based actor who is currently playing Elsa in the live stage production of "Frozen" at Disney's California Adventure theme park. You may also recognize her from "Grease Live on Fox," "Carrie the Killer Musical" and HBO's "Silicon Valley," among others. She's kind, immensely talented, and beautiful both inside and out. Today, she shares her beauty secrets, including a nifty trick for spot treating blemishes and an easy-to-apply eyeliner you'll want to go out and buy immediately.

Tell us about your skin care regimen. What products do you use daily?

Using the deep pore facial cleanser from Alba with the ACURE toner at the start and end of my day has always worked best. The ACURE toner is my absolute favorite product to wake me up in the morning.

What's your everyday makeup routine?

For everyday wear, I use bare minerals Original Loose Powder Foundation, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in ebony and Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced.

How about for auditions or shows?

For auditions and shows, I use Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer and Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation as a base, using a beauty blender to apply. For contouring, I am in love with the Iman Luxury Contour Trio or the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit. After contouring, I usually blend using my bare minerals powder foundation. I finish with eyes, using my Smashbox Full Exposure Palatte. It pretty much has all natural tones I love with a little sparkle for when you're feeling sassy. ;) My favorite eyeliner by far is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. Eyeliner application has never been so easy... trust.

Are there any game-changing products you swear by?

ACURE's Brightening Facial Scrub. This stuff is incredible for immediate results. You'll feel the difference just washing the scrub off your face. It's amazing, especially when paired with ACURE's toner.

I've also been obsessed with using tea tree oil as a spot treatment. If I feel any blemishes coming on, I'll use the scrub, toner, then apply tea tree oil with a Q-tip on any pesky spots.

Tell us a little bit about your gig as Elsa! What's it like playing a beloved Disney character?

It's been amazing. I live for 3-year-olds belting "Let It Go" with me every day. I especially feel honored to be the one who has helped create diversity on the Disney stage. The cartoon character looks nothing like me, yet I identify with her so much. I know many little kids of all different ethnicities can relate, so it truly is a blessing to show kids that they CAN be whatever Disney princess their hearts' desire.

Have you learned any backstage beauty tips?

Yes! Always let the glue on your fake lashes dry a little before you apply, and put fake eyelashes on from the outside corners in! I also use tweezers to lightly press the lashes down to my real lashes.

Do you have a DIY treatment you love?

I love looking up DIY facial masks on Pinterest, but my favorite DIY beauty product I've made has been a brown sugar honey scrub. Made my skin feel super soft and smooth!

What's the last product you used until there was nothing left?

My facial toner. 😍

Who do you look to for beauty inspiration?

Always Beyoncé. Julianne Hough, and Jessie J.

When do you feel most beautiful?

Right after washing my face at night. :)

Be sure to follow Tiana on Instagram, and check back next week for our latest installment of 52 Faces, a weekly series that spotlights a real woman's beauty routine. If you missed last week's interview, we spoke with Kate Alvarado, an LA-based yoga instructor, model and actor. Here, she reveals her secret for getting perfect beachy waves. In the meantime, here are some helpful skin care tips for traveling.

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