FTWD's Alycia Debnam-Carey talks about therapy, beauty standards and more. (2023)

Everyone has a beauty story. At Rose Inc.The profile, some of the hottest people in the world share theirs. In this series of intimate interviews, we (mostly) get up close and personal to explore her definitions of beauty, the path to self-confidence, and the power of femininity. With images taken through their own lens, The Profile presents these compelling personalities in a new light - a light that illuminates their own journeys, dreams and desires, while highlighting their unique relationship with beauty.

No one was quite sure how to handle the chaos that 2020 felt globally, except the actressAlycia Debnam-Carey(Which you may be familiar withThema The Walking Dead of The 100) return to his native Australia finally provided some relief from the lingering uncertainty. “Being away from Los Angeles for a while allowed me to see how pervasive and underlying everyday stress and anxiety are,” she says. “There are so many things that we go through and accept as normal…it has shown me that I want to refocus on what self-care really means to me.”

His specific path to peace includes a holistic approach to the beauty of mind and body, including swimming in the ocean and keeping a journal—and devoting time tofunnyback to beauty products. "I love talking to people about beauty products and digging into other people's beauty bags," she says. "It's so nice to see what other people have." Ahead, Debnam-Carey lets us explore her own bag of beauty and creative brains on her path to a more mindful 2021.

What started my journey to a better understanding of self-care was a conversation with a therapist. While therapy can be a wonderful, safe place to address specific mental health issues, you don't have to be going through a crisis to benefit from talking to a therapist. Having an objective point of reference that serves your best interests has been a very important part of my mental and emotional growth. Having an access point can enable you to get in touch with your deepest needs.


What kind of daily rituals have you created for yourself?


Taking care of the skin is really one of the first things I do. I take my coffee in the morning and light a candle. I am a big fan ofhookah light diptychthat's tobacco. I feel like my brain is constantly racing, so any moment that really refocuses me and calms my mind is really enjoying it. Taking care of the skin is really a calm, peaceful and quiet experience for my brain. It's almost a sacred space and that's why I enjoy it so much as a daily ritual to prepare myself for the rest of the day.


When I wake up in the morning I get somePeter Thomas RothHydra-Gel øjenplastrefrom the refrigerator and set them down. I've never seen anything work so well for puffing under the eyes and making it look like you're awake or like you missed a glass or two of wine the night before.

I use a detergentLaunch method: Done, this has always worked on my skin. I love himChanel Hydra schoonheidslotionand I'm obsessed with Glossier serums.Osuper shine brighterit is real,Realexcellent. I also loveDr. Barbara Sturm Glitterdruppelsbecause it gives me the most amazing shine. So I likeHeritage Store Rose Water Sprayyou get it at Whole Foods. My friends in Australia love it so much they ask me to take it with them when I get home.


How is your daily makeup?


I don't see any so I've done the bare minimum when it comes to makeup. I like to play around with beauty and makeup, but I like to keep it very simple and moist. I love himChanel Les Beiges Soleil Tan Brons Universeel. It's creamy and makes it look like you've been on vacation for two weeks. ISLANDTower 28 SuperDew illuminating balmit is really amazing: no shimmer, just a dewy glow. I use it on my cheekbones, cupid's bow, bridge of the nose and brow bone. I loveLightest boy eyebrowsand then i put on some mascara and if i really want to do some more i put a little bit of eyeliner right on the lash line.

The best eyeliner I've used isStila Stay All Day waterproof liquid eyelinerand I know because I bought a new phone in a store and there were three other girls there. One of them complimented the other on her eyeliner, saying, "Oh, that's Stila," and the other girl stepped in and said, "Oh my god, I'm wearing that too!" And I thought: 'well, I use this too'. So if three different girls in a phone shop talking about Stila eyeliner isn't a glowing review, I don't know what is!


Which beauty look appeals to you the most?


I've always loved the coquettish vibe of the 40's, 50's and 60's. These muted looks from Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly really resonate with me in terms of beauty and fashion, too. I think that's when I absolutely fell in love with the cat's eye.


What beauty looks are you inspired by and want to try?


I am very attracted to people who are unapologetically themselves and are very feisty, playful and creative in their appearance. I am really drawn to the fun and playful makeup looks and the amazing eye makeup when I lookEuphoria, but I never feel confident enough to do it myself... I have to commit to doing something with glitter one day.


What did you believe about beauty now that you didn't believe before?


I think we live in a time where beauty is much more accepted, which I think is really wonderful. Growing up, I didn't have the same access to even YouTube tutorials or the way magazines promote beauty and makeup now. Instead, it was more about seeing one path fit right into a stereotype.

For example, I grew up thinking you had to be brown and blonde and have glossy lips or something. It was always about self-tanning... Sometimes you actually want to keep going, but it was a big goal to fit in. Because there are so many people who share their own beauty, looks, and the way they express themselves, it's so liberating to see that this isn't a standardized pattern. I think it's really wonderful to know there's so much more room for self-expression, and it's so liberating to know you don't have to appease societal norms.


How do you discover your creativity?


Keeping a journal allows me to release an emotional perspective that I can control from my creative standpoint. If I feel like I need to write a few things to get something out of it, it usually goes to a creative space. Often this turns into something like writing a screenplay idea. It's a mix of the way I see the world, in colors and music for example. Maybe this will be a drawing. Drawing is very soothing to me because it refocuses my perspective.


Is there a direction your creative mind is taking now that you have more time for yourself?


I started writing a little bit, which I really enjoy and I think it was really exciting, but over the next five years I'm really looking forward to getting into directing as well. I think it's something I've always felt very connected to and could thrive in because I think my natural state seems pretty much in line with the direction... so I want to explore that further.

I've also been working on a show and a genre for a long time, so I'm really looking forward to continuing as well. I would really like to try something new like romantic comedies or period pieces – something very different from what I've been doing for a long time, so I think it's a really exciting new chapter for me, and it's really exciting for me. I hope.


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