Nicole Kidman: ‘I feel better inside when I decide to do my hair & put on a dress’


Nicole Kidman has a new sponsorship! She’s the face of SeraLabs’ SeraTopicals CBD line. Man, celebrities are really starting to lean into the CBD thing, right? Martha Stewart even has a whole-ass CBD gourmet-gummy line which I’m dying to try (okay, I ordered some already and I’m waiting for them to arrive). Nicole’s thing is more about “anti-inflammatory skincare,” which I guess I buy. I’ve heard that a lot of those good-quality CBD oils are great for arthritis, especially if you have sensitive skin too. Nicole is a pale redhead, of course she has sensitive skin. Nicole chatted with InStyle’s Beauty Issue to talk about this sponsorship and some of her beauty secrets and favorite style moments. Some highlights:

Beauty lessons inherited from her mom: “My mom [Janelle Kidman] is a feminist and also very feminine. She always smells good and looks good. I teach my daughters [to be] the same. I’m like, “You need to smell good, look good, take care of your skin, file your nails, and take care of your feet. Do it yourself; it’s your responsibility.” It’s not just about hygiene; it’s about how they enter the world. I try to make myself presentable in the morning. It’s so easy not to even bother in quarantine, and I’ve been through periods like that before. I feel better inside when I decide to do my hair and put on a dress — not just my same old sweatpants or jeans.

Her typical skincare routine: “I’m a five-minute girl in the morning and at night. I’ve got to put my kids to bed and spend time with my husband [Keith Urban]. I’m not going to sit there for an hour pampering myself. I don’t like dry, scaly skin. Who does? But that’s my skin’s tendency. The one thing I’ve leaned heavily on is the Seratopical Glow Facial Oil. I also apply Cancer Council Sunscreen all over my face and hands.

What she likes about CBD-based products: “I have sensitive skin that’s reactive at times, and CBD helps combat that. I use my body a lot and am on my feet working 14-hour days, so it really helps with my joints when it comes to easing inflammation. My whole body responds beautifully to it.

Missing the red carpets during the pandemic: “I do miss the glamour and the party aspect. Initially I thought, “Oh, this is a relief. We can just dress our top halves for Zoom and that’s it.” But now I miss getting dressed up and seeing other people dressed up. On the carpet, I’ve always been partial to a low chignon and a red lipstick like Giorgio Armani’s Red Fire. I look back at movies like The Great Gatsby, and I’m like, “Yes, that glamour is just exquisite.” Not the ostentatiousness or the gluttony of it, just the embracing of that aesthetic. It is so nice to look around a candlelit room full of people having fun and being festive.

[From InStyle]

“I feel better inside when I decide to do my hair and put on a dress — not just my same old sweatpants or jeans.” No disrespect to Nicole but she can go straight to hell with this bullsh-t. And WHO is even trying to wear HARD PANTS at all, nevermind a full-on dress? I mean, I’ve worn a few sack-nightgowns. But if I’m “getting dressed for work,” it’s still sweatpants. Y’all should count yourselves as lucky that I’m wearing a bra most of the time. But her mom sounds like my mom – you can do whatever you want, but you’ve got to be presentable, you’ve got to “put your face on” every morning. I feel like that’s such a generational thing. You’re not a bad person if you have dry elbows and unplucked eyebrows!


Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Backgrid and Nicole’s IG.

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  1. Darla says:

    hahaha, well, this will be unpopular but I agree with her. I still put on a pair of good, fitted jeans each day, with a decent top, and I always put on makeup. I don’t wear a lot, but you know I put it on

  2. DiegoInSF says:

    I actually am the same, when I just don’t make an effort, I feel crappy and I’m a millennial. Getting ready and dressing fancy and going out places with other people who also made an effort now that I’m fully vaccinated, it’s done wonders for my mental health. I tried a CBD milk by Paula’s choice and I love it, it actually smells really good too but due to the hemp because all her products are fragrance free.

    • Kessa says:

      Same. I can tell I’m getting depressed if I stop caring about dress/makeup. It really does make me feel better.

    • cassandra says:

      Yep yep yep.

      Sometimes the best self care is taking the time to make yourself feel put together-whatever that looks like for you.

  3. Jayna says:

    I agree with her. I don’t always follow it. LOL. But when I do, I feel better. My mom was this way. Not a sun dress, but nice soft, comfortable slacks or capris and a nice blouse. Hair always nice and some light makeup. No eye makeup. Her big beautiful blue eyes didn’t need it. But her day always began looking nice as a housewife and it really took minimal effort

  4. Claire says:

    I loathe jeans but I love a dress, it’s the easiest way to look “put together” since it’s just one piece. I also have my lash lift so I don’t even have to fuss with mascara and I’m good to go with my dress and tinted moisturizer

  5. nicegirl says:

    My skin is super reactive also, I’ve not considered cbd as a tx. Interesting!

    I definitely feel better when I look better, why the heck is that? Though my mom is a true hippie and has always skipped makeup, her mom- my fave grandma always ‘put her face on’ too, love that term. She would also ask, “Did I eat all my lipstick off?” Lol

    Off to research those Martha gummies, tyvm

  6. Ohlala says:

    I agree with her 100%. To dress a bit better, mak effort and to change into fancier bag makes wonder to my mental health. I know maybe for someone it sound shallow but I am very into clothes and style..I love when i am well dressed and put together. It gives me so much confidence and I am more productive.

  7. Penny Collins says:

    I’m curious how she advises her male children on being “presentable.” What BS.

  8. Teel says:

    Bahaha! “HARD PANTS”

  9. lunchcoma says:

    I kind of agree with her? That’s not saying that I want to dress up every day or that I think anyone else should feel the same way about clothing, but now that I’m vaccinated, I bought some pretty dresses and have been enjoying wearing them when I have a reason to leave the house.

    It’s not like she ever has to throw on hard pants and a cardigan and rush into the office in the morning in her line of work. Her sort of dressing up is the red carpet stuff that involves some self expression, and I can believe she enjoys it – she wears a lot of interesting things, even if they sometimes end up missing the mark and being ugly.

  10. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Way to support the patriarchy, Nicole, despite your claims to the contrary! Let’s make sure all women put on dresses and get pedicures to show their best selves to the man-made world!

    • bettyrose says:

      But at least she only has a casual 5 minute skin routine (on her completely rebuilt face)

  11. Lissdogmom02 says:

    I just learned about cbg it’s a good anti inflammatory too. Weed needs reclassified so they can properly study it. However what I read, cbd & cbg together are fabulous anti inflammatory, & antioxidant. I just started the cbg so I’ll let you know.

  12. Sof says:

    Oh, in my wordrobe there was never a pandemic, I still wear the same clothes (yes, hard pants and all) but I don’t care what others wear. Nicole sounds a bit judgy, specially on those who don’t have their feet done. You do you, people.
    First Gwyneth and now her. What is it about celebrities and their lack of understanding on skin protection? Sunscreen just on her face and hands sounds like she is applying it for antiage purposes.
    And, sorry, she is talking about The Great Gatsby when she worked on Moulin Rouge? I watched that movie before the Oscars and have to say, everyone in the ceremony looked underdressed in comparison.

  13. Amando says:

    I agree with her. I feel really good about myself when I put on my favorite jeans, a nice top, style my hair and put on a little make up. Definitely not a ball gown situation, but it does improve my self esteem.

  14. Lindstrom Lindstrom says:

    I feel good about myself all the time, no matter what I’m wearing, because my self esteem isn’t based on my appearance, but on my character. To each her own, Nicole.

  15. Lyds says:

    I think I feel great wearing lounge stuff and no makeup when I KNOW I’m going to be home all day. Freeing and amazing, especially curled up on my Netflix-and-chill bed.

    If I want a pick-me-up, yes, a slouchy but well-designed dress and some tinted lip balm does wonders. I totally get why the French are partial to a red lip and little else; it’s a sure-fire way to show you made some effort, without much effort. Also a simple dress w killer bags and shoes (that are cool but low-maintenance) can make my mood go from 0-100.

    But one thing is clear for me: I need my contacts. If I learned anything during this pandemic it’s that when I wear glasses all day, I somehow feel less fully awake. This is totally a me-specific thing as I know plenty of ppl who happily cruise through life wearing cool frames. For me, they just add to my sluggishness and the weight on my nose makes me feel heavy and drain all the sprite from me. Maybe I just need new glasses…