Life as we know it is constantly changing shape – from the places we call home to the experiences that fulfill us – and maybe that’s not a big deal. Just ask iconic New Yorker Debi Mazar, who now lives in Tuscany, Italy. If you imagine Mazar, which brought its New York pizzazz to everything from Freedmen and LA Law for Surroundings and Younger, in a rustic fantasy of Italian life, sipping Prosecco and enjoying deliciously slow days under the Tuscan sun, you are wrong. “I’m as busy here as I am in New York,” Mazar said. O. Between playing, attending a language school five days a week, preparing for her Italian driving test with driving lessons twice a week, being a mother and parent of puppies and maintaining her social life, this familiar bustle of the city is remained a reality.
“I [got a lot] shit about leaving New York like, ‘Oh man, you’re leaving us, what the fuck Deb?’ And I’m like, ‘New York isn’t going anywhere. I can always come back,” Mazar shares of leaving at the end of an era. “I don’t feel like anything has changed much except I have a lot more space, I’m surrounded by beauty, my quality of life is much better, I eat better , I sleep better . It’s exciting.” The star regularly returns to town for work and with the range of social media platforms and the ability to travel, staying in touch with loved ones seems accessible like never before.
These days, Mazar’s priorities change and she is fully accepting of taking time for herself. “I don’t know, I’m trying to balance where I’m from and where I’m going, and I feel so much happier. I’m doing me. I’m learning to say no and do what’s important to me, and take on projects that make me feel good now in my mindset,” she said. “Everybody says, ‘Don’t move, it’s going to hurt you.’ I’m like, ‘No, it’s not going to hurt me. Relax. You worry about yourself. I’ll worry about myself.'”
We caught up with Mazar to find out what it’s like to take care of herself in this season of her life and what her favorite end-of-workday ritual was while filming the Mike Myers-directed comedy series. The Pentaverate– which debuts on Netflix on May 5.
In The Pentaverate, getting into character included a strong makeup element — wearing a blonde lace front, 10-hour days in hazel contacts, and layers of movie makeup, which can be a lot on skin. Was there a relaxing way you liked to get out of character after filming?
I was taking the wig off at work and ripping the contacts off the minute they called wrap, like Finished. We were working with a lot of ambient smoke, so our eyes were getting quite dry. Mike [Myers], who plays eight characters, also wore contacts. I felt like there was some kind of camaraderie between contact lenses and wig. It was great fun.
My skin was really angry during this shoot, so I was just trying to get home and get into the hottest shower or a big bath. I love taking baths. In the house that I was renting, there was a magnificent bathtub. I would just buy different types of natural bath salts and wash my face first, jump in the tub, then soak and steam. Put a washcloth on my face just to get the makeup off my skin.
Sometimes I can bring my iPad and play some music or watch a show. I like to watch tv shows and movies and documentaries. I keep putting more and more hot water in the bath. I come out as red as a lobster, but I feel like I’m sweating toxins. I take out the stuff of the day, the make-up. I relax my body, I relax my muscles. I follow it up with a quick shower afterwards. And that’s something that I actually have in my contracts, when I’m going to do a movie or a TV series, I’m not going to stay in a house or a hotel that doesn’t have a bathtub.
What TV shows are you binging?
Andy Warhol’s Diaries, Gas lighting, Maradonna: Blessed Dream, The stewardess, Russian doll.
What are you reading right now?
I am a big reader! I’m in a total immersion Italian school… so I’m glued to my Italian textbooks! I read a few books just for fun: once i was you by Maria Hinojosa The Florios of Sicily by Stefania Auci, Senoras of the night by Giuseppe Scaraffia Private Lives in Renaissance Venice by Patricia Fortini Brown.
You have a very special history with makeup which includes being Madonna’s makeup artist early in her career. What are the current essentials of your own beauty routine?
I love creams. I love Dr. Hauschka on my body after getting out of the bath. I love putting on oil mixed with cream and Dr. Hauschka has this lavender oil called heathland lavender. It’s so delicious and I mix it with any body lotion I have. Believe it or not, I’m a big proponent of Nivea Nutrient Cream. It’s 48 hours, it’s fat. I use it on my tattoos, I have it on my calves so my legs have some shine.
I also have a small fridge in my bathroom because I love all those products that don’t have a shelf life and it keeps them cool. I also always use a rose water spray, nothing fancy, I get it at the health food store or wherever. I keep it in my bag in the summer just to cool my skin. I can keep it hydrated and hydrated and clean of city grime no matter where I go. It’s always in my bag, a spray bottle of water like water or a spray bottle of rose water. Or simply your typical thermal water from Avène.
What other must-have makeup products do you like to use?
Kevyn Aucoin’s precision retractable eyebrow pencil, Surratt’s eyeliner pen in all shades! Surratt liquid blush, Surratt smokey pencils that I spread in the crease of my eyelid. Hur Laboratories eye cream, turkish rose serum, face cream 50 and toner!
What about hair?
I have a very specific hair routine. I have the water spray and then I have this wonderful hairspray from the 60s, it’s called Splend’Or Lacca. I use this and have a little bit of edge control or sometimes Three Flowers grease that I put on with a lot of spray. I like my hair to shine in front. My mom has been pulling my hair out since I’d say five or four, my hair has always been pulled out in a ponytail on top of my head. I just feel very comfortable that way, so I always do those kinds of hairstyles, it feels good to me. Even if a professional does this to me, I’m like, “Okay, get it, find it.”
Are there any new changes to your routine that you find really refreshing?
I no longer do my acrylics.
Oh my God. Why?
I know I know. I’ve been doing acrylic for about 30 years and just decided to go natural because everyone has these long nails and I’ve loved them my whole career. Unless I have to put them on for a character like I did for The Pentaverate, I try to go natural. It’s a bit very classy because I don’t get boring, I just try to go in a different direction. I also garden. I love gardening with my husband. We grow flowers and vegetables and with [our] puppies and all i just feel like i’m more hardy and i don’t have time to think about glue or nails that are skipping or a fingernail chipping i don’t have time . [Laughs.] It’s really refreshing. I love it. There are some things I’m not giving up, though: I’m not getting gray yet.
Do you have any favorite places in Italy to find pearls of beauty?
I love the Santa Maria Novella. Santa Maria Novella is a pharmacy here and I use their hand soaps, some of their body creams. One of their body creams is a melograno, which is a pomegranate. It smells amazing. I use their tobacco soap in the shower. I’m big into specific products and fragrances. It was the pharmacy in the 1500s to the Medici and it’s still the same place, it’s magical. They have a talc free powder for the summer, I like talc free stuff. They also have candles and diffusers and oh can’t wait. It’s like stepping into the Renaissance period when you walk into this building.