Gabrielle Union
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skin before it is to late.

EBONY: Besides sunscreen what's your skin care routine in the summer?

GU: It depends; I am usually in Miami or LA, which have warmer weather climates, unless I am shooting somewhere where the weather is cold, where my routine will shift. I use a thicker moisturizer to make sure my skin does not get really dry, but other then that I use my Neutrogena Grapefruit Cleanser, because it smells good and the acid really helps my skin. If it’s that time of the month and I am having a break out, I might use, something that is more acne specific, but always with my clean pore astringent, along with my sunscreen.

EBONY: What is your go-to beauty product?

GU: In my own life, I really don’t use anything. The professionals use whatever they want on me. Otherwise I just pop on gloss and mascara and I keep it moving. Thank God my skin has stayed reasonably even, although I am approaching forty years old.

EBONY: In “Think Like A Man” you were shown with little to no make up on, who made that decision?

GU: I had to fight for that. The character was “geek-chic” and was not into wearing a lot of make up, but more so into her relationship, so she needed to look really natural. I kept saying, “I want to be able to see my freckles” and I thought I looked pretty good in the film. I didn’t understand why I would have on so much make up while rolling around on white sheets. Who wants to get foundation all over their sheets?

EBONY: Can speak share some details on your new BET show, "Being Mary Jane"?

GU: I actually just finished wrapping up a pilot tapping. "Being Mary Jane" is basically about a television host, who has her own show, and how she balances her life. Between wanting to talk about hard hitting news and other stories, she shuffles through her own personal morals. It’s about her trying to stand up for what she believes in but also keeping her ratings. She also struggles with the idea of being raised with the same morals, values and opportunities, throughout her family and being the only one to make it. How does that change the family dynamic? Her family comes from the upper-middle class, but she is the only one out of her siblings that is doing well. Her lack of a love life and the poor choices that she has made are also explored. I would probably say that the show will launch next fall or early winter, but who really knows, I just work there.

Geneva S. Thomas is the Style and Pop Culture Editor for EBONY.com. Follow her on Twitter @genevasthomas