Julie Bowen Shares Her Beauty and Style Secrets

Hey pretties! I recently had the opportunity to pick the brain of one of my favorite actresses, the fabulous Julie Bowen.  You probably already know Julie as the perfectly imperfect mom Claire Dunphy from ABC’s Modern Family.  But she is also one of the faces of Neutrogena and joined me via Skype to share some of her juiciest beauty and style secrets with us.

In our interview, Julie spilled her secret to younger looking hands (which I immediately stole!), talked skin care for women over 40, shared her must-have beauty products, explained to me why she refers to her everyday style as “Derelicte” (Zoolander fans rejoice!) and much, much more.  Tune in to check out our full interview below.


It’s Your Turn:  What was your favorite tip that Julie shared?  Tell me in the comments!

MOODSTRUCK 3D FIBER MASCARA GIVEAWAY

Speaking of makeup, have you girls tried 3D fiber mascara yet?  My friend Nicole sells Younique products and she recently got me hooked on their Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes.  When she asked me to try it, I turned her down at first because I have really sensitive eyes and can only wear certain brands of mascara.  The cool thing is you apply the 3D fibers over your regular mascara so they don’t irritate my eyes at all.  They add tons of thickness to my natural lashes.  Now I’m wearing them every day, even when I don’t leave the house!

Here’s a picture of Nicole wearing the 3D fiber mascara on one of her eyes.  Big difference!  P.S.  Isn’t she gorgeous? Nicole is giving away a starter set of Moodstruck 3D Fiber Mascara (a $29 value) to one lucky GYPO girl.  Just pick one of the ways to enter below.  A winner will be drawn next Wednesday.
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Registration for the Build Your Wardrobe Basics Challenge closes tomorrow night!  Cyndi and I would love to have you join us to build your capsule wardrobe and 21 days of outfits perfect for just about any occasion.   Sign up and get more information HERE.

I FEEL PRETTY

It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell us what made you feel pretty this week in the comments!

There are just a few simple rules:

1. Follow GYPO. (Bloglovin‘, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest)

2. Link up your pretty post.

3. Link back to my blog (using the button above or your own link).

4. Visit other pretties.

That’s it, now go have some fun!


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114 Comments

  1. Ada

    Ohh I love Julie Bowen on Modern Family. That is so cool you talked with her.

    Happy Pretty Wednesday, Ali!!

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    • Alison

      Happy Wednesday Ada. Isn’t she amazing?!

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  2. Jo-Lynne Shane

    I’ve heard tons of good things about those fiber lashes. Mine are already quite long so I haven’t felt the need to try them, but now I’m intrigued….

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  3. Blaire Bingham

    How lucky are you to get to interview Julie Bowen? How fun! Can’t wait to watch it, and thanks for the giveaway! Those lashes look amazing.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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    • Alison

      I was so excited and nervous the entire time! 🙂

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  4. Susan Jeffries

    I have been dying to try these moonstruck fiber lashes!! I can’t believe how they change the appearance of your eyelashes! Thanks for the fun give away! Susan

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  5. Shay Shull

    I love her!! How fun that you got to Skype!!!

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    • Alison

      The Skype interview went by so fast. She is so sweet!

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  6. Ashley

    I would love to try the Moonstruck 3D fiber mascara!

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    • Nicole

      Ashley,

      The mascara is amazing! You’re going to love!

      Reply
  7. Sheaffer

    Interviewing Julie Bowen? MY GOODNESS GIRL! You are BIG TIME! Soooooo cool!!!!!!

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    • Alison

      Why, thank you Sheaffer! It was SO fun!

      Reply
  8. KimW

    Thanks for sharing this interview! I love Julie Bowen! I am super impressed with the 3D fiber mascara result — holy wow!!

    Reply
    • Alison

      You’re welcome Kim!

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  9. Morgan

    What a GREAT interview! Loved it. You did a great job and she seems so down to earth.

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    • Alison

      Thank you! Got lots of help for the interview questions, thanks to the readers!

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  10. Laura

    i would LOVE to try the 3D mascara! And great interview 🙂 Thanks!

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  11. Susan

    Wow! An interview with gorgeous Julie Bowen! How awesome is that!

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    • Alison

      I still can’t believe it! 🙂

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  12. Gail Slagle

    Wow! Would love to win the starter kit and see what it is all about!!!! Thanks for the chance!

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  13. Donna

    I’ve noticed my lashes are thinning and not as long as they use to be. I haven’t had success with most mascaras in making them longer. I’d love to try the 3d mascara!

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  14. Michelle

    I would love to try the mascara! Thanks for the opportunity you’ve given for us to win one :-)!

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  15. kathy

    Love to try the 3D lashes.

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  16. Lori

    Just say NO to the crop top! Enjoyed her messy hair tips and youthful hands tricks.

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    • Alison

      I’m now using her youthful hand tricks everyday!! 🙂

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  17. Cynthia @ My Rose Colored Shades

    Great interview! Very helpful tips and it was just fun getting to know more of Julie Bowen’s beauty routine. Thanks for sharing! Have a great rest of the week, Alison. ~Cynthia

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    • Alison

      Have a great week Cynthia. I have been using her helpful tips that I haven’t tried before!

      Reply
  18. Nikki

    I’m hooked on the Monistat anti-chafing gel as foundation primer. Saw it on a video blog you posted a while back. How in the world did you discover that trick? I wasn’t going to spend a lot on a primer, but figured I was willing to spend $7 to give it a try. Well worth it!

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    • Alison

      SO glad you are using it Nikki! It’s my go-to primer!

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  19. Debbie

    Love Julie Bowen! My 84 year old mother-in-law with great skin uses Neutrogena products so maybe she’s onto something! Would love to try the Moodstruck lashes! My lashes seem to be disappearing as I get older 🙁

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    • Alison

      Hmm..I wonder what else I can find. I’m going to check out the other Neutrogena products. 🙂

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  20. Lisa Dunham

    Love Julie Bowen! Thank you for sharing this.

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    • Alison

      You’re welcome Lisa. Glad you stopped by!

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  21. Deb

    I’d love to try the moonstruck 3-D lashes!

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  22. Ann

    I have been wanting to try these lashes. I wear contacts and worry about them getting in my eyes.

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  23. Sandy S.

    Wow! Such a difference with the 3-D lashes! I’ve always lamented my short lashes so I would love to give these a try!

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  24. Bebe

    Awesome mascara! Would love to win it to try it before I buy! Thanks!

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  25. Karen

    I’ve hesitated trying the moonstruck mascara because of my sensitive skin. However, I’ll never know unless I try them!

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  26. Amy Ann

    How fun that you got to skype with her. You’re so fabulous Allison! I had the chance to try that mascara, and it really is amazing.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    • Alison

      You are too kind Amy Ann!

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  27. Deborah

    I would love to try the 3D mascara!

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  28. Marta C

    Great interview Alison, how exciting to interview Julie Bowen!! Love her tips and I really want to try these Neutrogena products now and that mascara! I’m a mascara-aholic and would love to even try the fibre lashes one day.
    Marta
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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    • Alison

      Thanks Marta!

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  29. Cindy C

    I’d love to try the 3D fiber lashes!

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  30. Chelsea

    I would love to try the Moodstruck Precision Eyeliner Pencils.

    -Chelsea

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  31. Sara L

    I’d love to try the 3D fiber lashes!

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  32. JJ

    I love trying new makeup products – especially since I am the mother of 2 teenage daughters that like to share my beauty secrets!

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  33. Melissa L.

    I’d love to try the 3D mascara. Thanks for the chance!

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  34. Michelle Russell

    I have puny lashes! I’ve been wanting to try the 3D mascara!

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  35. Jodie filogomo

    I’m going with the majority to try that mascara…who doesn’t want longer lashes?

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  36. sydney85

    I would love to try the 3D mascara. Thanks for introducing me to Younique products.

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  37. Amy J

    I also love Julie Bowen! I would like to try the 3D fiber lashes mascara and am glad to hear that it would work with sensitive eyes!

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  38. Kristen

    The 3D mascara would be my pick! I’ve never used false eyelashes before but this looks like it gives you that effect. I know someone who does lash extensions and they look great but this would be much more convenient!

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  39. Joanne

    I’ve heard about the 3D mascara and I really want to try that.

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  40. Leah B.

    I love Julie Bowen!! I have also wanted to try the 3D fiber mascara – I have been seeing it everywhere lately.
    Thanks – love your blog!

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    • Alison

      Thank you Leah!

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  41. Tammy

    I’ve been interested in trying the 3D lash mascara. Would love to win it!

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  42. Mary Wilson

    I’d love to try the 3D lashes…and the moonstruck precision eyeliner 🙂

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  43. Lana

    Great job on the interview! I’ve also been using the 3D lashes, and they really are amazing!

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    • Alison

      Thanks Lana!

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  44. Willfully Elegant

    Such an beautiful woman and the interview has so many secrets i really need to try! Hands are my number one priority now, they tend to wrinkle in cold so fast..gah !! thanks for this amazing interview Alison..Loved it!!

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    • Alison

      She is! I agree. Focusing on hands are important. 🙂

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  45. Jean

    I’d like to try the Moodstruck Glorious Face and eye primer!!!

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  46. Tracy

    I love that you interviewed Julie Bowen!

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    • Alison

      She is awesome!

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  47. MarthaC96

    Julie Bowen is so funny on Modern Family

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    • Alison

      I love her character on Modern Family!

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  48. Vanessa Roberts

    I have heard so many good thing about this 3d mascara! I would love to try it!

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  49. Bonnie

    I would love to try the 3D mascara, and will now be taking another look at Neutrogena :}

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  50. Stephanie

    Julie Bowen! Wow!

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  51. Amy

    I want to try the 3D mascara. I loved the interview!!

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  52. amy

    I’d love to the try that mascara!

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  53. Lori

    Would love to try this mascara. My daughter is getting married and I think I would like this better than false lashes.

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  54. Peggy Labuda

    I would love to win the 3D mascara and give it a try! : )

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  55. Steph Grimes

    I have yet to try dry shampoo. I would guess my hair is similar to Julie’s, so she may be the straw that broke the camel’s back for me to pick up a bottle!

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    • Alison

      You will love dry shampoo! Keep hair looking and feeling clean in between washes. 🙂 🙂

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    • Alison

      Glad you enjoyed it Riva! Have a great week.

      Reply
  56. Nicole

    The 3D fiber lashes look nice! I have looked at them before but haven’t tried them yet.

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  57. Susan T

    I would love to try 3D fiber mascara! 🙂

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  58. Julie

    Great interview!
    That 3D mascara looks amazing! Would love to see your before/after picture wearing it.

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    • Alison

      Thanks Julie!

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  59. Ginnie

    How cool that you got to interview Julie Bowen! I love her:) Great job!

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    • Alison

      Thank you GInnie! She is pretty amazing!!

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  60. maria

    Hope I win! I’ve been wanting to try this mascara for a while!

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  61. Alison

    I would love to try the 3-D mascara! And Julie Bowen ?! Awesome- great interview!

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    • Alison

      Thanks Alison! 🙂

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  62. Tammy Lewis

    Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes sounds and looks amazing!! Thank you for sharing the information and really enjoyed the interview!

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  63. Stephanie

    I enjoyed watching the interview! You did a great job! The sunscreen on the hands is a nice trick. I’ve been using Neutrogena sunscreen for years on my sensitive skin… it’s the best!

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    • Alison

      Thanks Stephanie. I never knew that until she told me about the trick!

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  64. Lisa Rademacher Johnson

    Love your blog and would love to try the 3D lashes mascara. I could use a little help in that area of my face. It seems as I get older my lashes look shorter and thinner. The 3D mascara looks like it would be a wonderful product.

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    • Alison

      Thanks Lisa. So glad that you found GYPO!

      Reply
  65. susan

    How cool is that? Lucky!
    I just linked up – was away and couldn’t yesterday. 😮 Hugs!

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  66. Jan

    Love your blog! I’ve been using the Younique lashes for a few weeks & really like them. They are great for helping my older eyes look refreshed!

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    • Alison

      Thanks Jan! So glad you are liking Younique!

      Reply
  67. Kerry Forristall

    Love Julie Bowen! I have been dying to try this mascara, in addition, the Sexy eyeshadow looks, well…sexy:)

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  68. Susanne

    I would love to try the presses powder foundation!

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  69. Detroit Duchess

    I’ve been wanting to check out Younique! I have a few favorites, but I still am on the hunt for the perfect mascara!

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  70. Sheila @ Sheila's Potpourri

    What a great interview! I have a question which I’m not sure you know the answer to. She had 4 Neutrogena products up there. Does she use all 4? Or just promoting them all? I had been wanting to try a product with retinol but didn’t know where to start. I’ve liked Neutrogena in the past so I’ll give them a try. Just wondering where to start. I’ll be sure to do the hand trick although when I look at my hands I realize it might be too late for that! (Maybe doing it will reverse the damage? Wouldn’t THAT be great!?)

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    • Alison

      Thanks Sheila! She uses the product with retinal. It’s supposed to be for face, but she does put the extra on her hands!

      Reply
  71. Sherri W.

    I would LOVE to try those 3D lashes! I have sparse thin lashes and think this could really make a difference! Thanks!

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  72. Andrea Darst

    I’d love to try the Uplift Eye Serum

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  73. Danielle

    The 3D Fiber Lashes look amazing! Maybe there’s hope for my puny Asian lashes? 🙂

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  74. Eydie

    The 3D fiber mascara and the face products look like really great products! Enjoyed the interview! 🙂

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    • Alison

      🙂 Thanks for watching the interview Eydie!

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  75. Laura Ryner

    That was so fun. Love both of you ladies.

    Off to curl my hair with a hot poker! I LOL’d.

    I’ve been using the Rapid Wrinkle Repair for a while. My skin has never looked better. Great products.

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    • Alison

      Thank you Laura for watching the interview!! So glad that you have been using the Rapid Wrinkle Repair! 🙂

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  76. Tia

    I am a lover of beautiful, full eyelashes. I have never been able to put bought lashes on nor have I had the desire to do so. The people I have seen with them, look like lashes that used to be on my dolls! http://www.chesilhurstgov.org/car-seat-installation/
    Thick and well, not natural looking. So, I started looking at Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes.

    Reply

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