We first fell in love with Niecy Nash as Deputy Raineesha Williams, the saucy, man-bashing cop on Comedy Central's Reno 911. Since then, the California-born actor, model, and producer has taken on countless iconic roles - as civil rights activist Richie Jean Jackson in 2014's Selma; as Scream Queen's special agent Denise Hemphill; and as hospice nurse DiDi on the bittersweet HBO comedy Getting On. This summer, Nash returns to the small screen for the Rashida Jones-produced Claws, a series chronicling the lives of five manicurists working at a South Florida salon-slash-money laundering operation. Nash stars as shop owner, mother hen, and "mafia queenpin" Desna Simms. Here, one of our favorite funny ladies spills her best beauty secrets.
"I live and die by my steamer. That's my good get. I come from a long line of vain women, and I remember one time that I couldn't get my steamer to work. My mother was like, 'Go in there and boil a pot of water. Go get a towel and put your head under it!' She's trained me to be resourceful."
CONAIR TRUE GLOW WARM STEAM/COOL MIST FACIAL SAUNA, $59.99, CONAIR-STORE.COM
KLORANE EYE PATCHES
"I had my birthday on set and the girls decorated my trailer pink and covered it with pictures of my favorite actress Lola Falana. I was crying so much my eyes got swollen. But honey, one monkey don't stop no show, so I used those Klorane eye patches and they snapped me right back up."
SMOOTHING AND RELAXING PATCHES WITH SOOTHING CORNFLOWER, $24 FOR 7 SETS OF 2, KLORANEUSA.COM
TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA
KEVYN AUCOIN THE VOLUME MASCARA
"Is it weird that I use one on the top and one on the bottom? Too Faced is great but the wand is really thick. Kevyn Aucoin has this skinny applicator that can grab those bottom lashes and pull 'em down so they look like spiders laying underneath my eyes."
KAEPOP LIP GLOSS
"One of my Claws cast members, Karrueche Tran, has this makeup line that I love - and it's not just because I work with her. My character on the show wears a lot of bold matte lip colors, but in my personal life, I like a little shine - I make less of a mess when I steal a little kiss from my husband."
KARRUECHE X COLOURPOP ULTRA GLOSSY LIP IN LYCHEE ME, $6, COLOURPOP.COM
By Aly Comingore
This article originally appeared in the June/July 2017 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!
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