Life as we know it is constantly changing shape — from the places we call home to the experiences that fill us — and maybe that’s okay. Just ask legendary New Yorker Debi Mazar, now based in Tuscany, Italy. If you imagine Mazar, who has brought her signature New York flair to everything Goodfellas and LA law to entourage and Younger, in a rustic fantasy of Italian life, sipping prosecco and enjoying lazy days under the Tuscan sun, you would be wrong. “I’m just as busy here as I am in New York City,” says Mazar W. Between acting, attending a language school five days a week, preparing for the Italian driving test with two driving lessons a week, living as a mother and pet parent to puppies and maintaining their social life is the familiar bustle of the city remained reality.
“I [got a lot] of crap from moving from New York like, ‘Oh man you’re leaving us, what the hell Deb?’ And I’m like, ‘New York isn’t going anywhere. I can come back anytime,” says Mazar of her farewell at the end of an era. “I don’t feel like anything has changed significantly other than I have a lot more space, I’m surrounded by beauty, my quality of life is much better, I’m eating better and sleeping better. It’s exciting.” The star regularly returns to the city for work, and with the multiple social media platforms and opportunity to travel, staying connected with loved ones feels as easy as ever.
These days, Mazar’s priorities are shifting and she’s fully taking time for herself. “I don’t know, I’m trying to balance where I’m from and where I’m going and I just feel so much happier. I make myself. I’m learning to say no and do what’s important to me and take on projects that feel good to me in my current condition,” she says. “Everyone says, ‘Don’t move, it’s going to hurt you.’ I say, ‘No, it won’t hurt me. Relax. you worry about yourself I’ll worry about myself.'”
We caught up with Mazar about taking care of herself at this time of year and what her favorite end-of-the-day ritual was while filming the Mike Myers-led comedy series The Pentaverate— which debuts May 5 on Netflix.
In The PentaverateGetting into the role involved a strong makeup element — wearing a blonde lace front, 10-hour days with hazel contact lenses, and layers of film makeup that can be a lot on the skin. Was there a relaxing way to come out of character after filming?
I would take the wig off at work and rip out the contacts the minute they called Wrap, eh ready. We worked with a lot of ambient smoke, so our eyes got pretty dry. mike [Myers], who plays eight characters, also wore contact lenses. I felt like there was some kind of contact lens and wig camaraderie. It was a lot of fun.
My skin was really angry during this shoot so I just tried to get home and get in the hottest shower or big bath. i love to bathe There was a wonderful bathtub in the house I rented. I would just buy different types of natural bath salts and wash my face first, jump in the tub and just soak and steam. Put a washcloth over my face just to remove makeup from my skin.
Sometimes I bring my iPad and either play music or watch a show. I like to watch TV shows and films and documentaries. I just keep pouring more and more hot water into the tub. I’m blushing like a lobster but I feel like I’m sweating out toxins. I pull out the stuff of the day, the makeup. I relax my body, I relax my muscles. Then I take a quick shower. And that’s something that I actually have in my contracts, if I’m doing a movie or a TV series, I’m not going to stay in a house or hotel that doesn’t have a bathtub.
What TV shows do you watch?
Andy Warhol’s Diaries, gas lit, Maradonna: Blessed dream, The flight attendant, Russian doll.
What are you reading?
I’m a big reader! I’m full in Italian school…so I’m glued to my Italian textbooks! I read a few books just for pleasure: I was you once by Maria Hinojosa, The Florios of Sicily by Stefania Auci, Senoras de la Noche by Giuseppe Scaraffia Private life 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 some current go-to’s in your own beauty routine?
i love creams i love the dr Hauschka on my body after getting out of the bath. I love mixing oil with cream and Dr. Hauschka has this lavender oil called bog lavender. It’s so delicious and I mix it with every body lotion I have. Believe it or not, I am a huge supporter of the Nivea nutrient cream. It’s 48 hours, it’s the greasy one. I use it for my tattoos, I have it on my calves to give my legs a little shine.
I also keep a mini fridge in my bathroom because I love all those products that don’t have a shelf life and it keeps them fresh. I also always use a rose water spray, nothing fancy, I can get it at the health food store or wherever. I keep it in my bag in the summer just to refresh my skin. I can keep it moist and hydrated and cleansed of the city grime no matter where I go. It’s always in my bag, a spray bottle of water or rose water spray. Or just your typical Avène thermal water.
What are some other go-to makeup products that you enjoy using?
Kevyn Aucoins Eyebrow Precision Pen, Surratts Eyeliner Pencil in all Shades! Surratt liquid blush, smoky Surratt sticks that I smear in the crease of my eyelid. Laboratori Hur eye cream, Turkish rose serum, the 50 face cream and toner!
what about hair
I have a very specific hair routine. I have the waterspray and then I have this wonderful 1960’s hairspray called Splend’Or Lacca. I use that and I have some edge control or sometimes some three flower grease that I spray with lots of spray. I like it when my hair has a shine in the front. My mother pulled my hair back since I would say five or four, my hair was always tied in a ponytail on top of my head. I’m just really comfortable with it, so I still do these kinds of hairstyles, it just makes me feel good. Even if a pro takes me down, I’m like, “Okay, grab it back, find out.”
Are there any new changes in your routine that you find really refreshing?
I don’t do my acrylic paints anymore.
Oh my God. Why?
I know, I know. I’ve been working with acrylics for about 30 years and I just chose nature because everyone has those long nails and I’ve loved them my entire career. Unless I have to dress them for a character like I did The Pentaverate, I try to go natural. It feels kinda very chic, because not that I’m getting bored, I’m just trying to go in a different direction. I’m in the garden too. I love gardening with my husband. We grow flowers and vegetables and help [our] Puppies and all, I just feel more rustic and I don’t have time to think about the glue or the nails that are falling off or a broken nail, I don’t have the time. [Laughs.] It’s really refreshing. I love it. But there are certain things I won’t give up: I’m not going gray yet.
Do you have favorite places in Italy to find beauty gems?
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 melogran, that’s a pomegranate. It smells incredible. I use their tobacco soap in the shower. I’m a big fan of products and certain fragrances. They were the Medici pharmacy in the 15th century 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 room diffusers and oh I can’t wait. It’s like stepping into the Renaissance era when entering this building.