Lea Michele nearly always looks clean and polished on the red carpet -- the "Scream Queens" actress recently turned serious heads in a sexy, ab-baring jumpsuit -- but she admits her effortless red carpet prowess wasn't always the case.
"There was one time I went to an upfront in New York for 'Glee', and I had this massive bun on the top of my head -- but it was all me. I told my old my hairdresser that I wanted to do it, and I look back, and it was a bun and a dark lip and a crazy dress."
As they say, you live and you learn. Lea, 29, has since discovered that "simplicity is best" -- a mantra that trickles down to nearly every aspect of her life, particularly her dedication to health and wellness. The star, who is a big fan of spinning, healthy cooking, hiking and has even tried cryotherapy, owes it all to her mother.
"She told me growing up that you're given one body, and your body is a temple, and you have to take the best care of it that you can. So it was always important to me to get as much sleep as I could, eat well and drink water," she said. "And now as an adult I've been able to grow it and expand it in my life."
It's for that reason that Lea places a lot of importance on taking care of her skin -- she admits she'll wash her face before brushing her teeth if she had to make the choice -- and she's obsessed with Burt's Bees products.
The actress recently teamed up with the natural skin care line for limited edition lip balms that benefit the disappearing bee crisis. Imagining a world without "b's", "_urt's _ee's" will donate 1,000 wildflower seeds for every purchase of their new balms and for every Instagram and Twitter post using the hashtag #BringBackTheBees.
"I think it's a really important issue that not a lot of people are aware of, so now we're just doing what we can to make people aware of the increasing issue and letting people know how they can get involved and help!" she said.
The lip balms are appropriately available in three flavors that wouldn't exist without the help of bees: Wild Cherry, Coconut & Pear -- and Lea's favorite, Pink Grapefruit.
Lea Michele throughout the years: