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Gabrielle Union somehow looks like she's always glowing.

The actress was recently featured in People's Beautiful Issue sans makeup and it's safe to say that glow comes from within.

Still, any of her over 12 million Instagram followers would agree that Union is equally glowing when she rocks a full glam makeup look. A veteran of countless film and TV sets, the "Being Mary Jane" star knows her way around the beauty department and knows what works for her.

We got the chance to ask the new mom for some of her favorites and were pleasantly surprised by the affordable picks.

Read on for Union's favorite mascara and even more beauty favorites.

Gabrielle Union's Beauty Favorites

L’Oreal Voluminous Original Volume Building Curved Brush Mascara, $6, Amazon

"It’s a reasonably-priced product that I’ve been using for years. And it makes your lashes pop," said Union of this drugstore mascara.

Honest Beauty Magic Balm, $18, Amazon

"The lip balm is not goopy," said Union of pal Jessica Alba's recommendation. "Jess has managed to figure out a lip balm that absorbs and leaves your lips soft and supple. The woman knows her lip balm and I want kissable lips like Jessica Alba."

"She has outfitted me with everything from cleaning products to laundry detergent to skin care. And I am loving the lip balm and hand sanitizer," said Union.

Luzern Laboratories Pure Cleansing Creme, $60, Dermstore

"I’m really big fan of Luzern products. I love the entire line. It's what I've used for years," said Union.

Of course, Union isn't just raising her adorable daughter or writing a bestselling book. The queen of multi-tasking also has her own clothing line at New York & Company. All the pieces are affordable, stylish and size-inclusive. That's no happy accident.

"I want all women to slay," said Union. "To me, empowering clothing is something comfortable enough to allow you to take over the world. It’s hard to make it through the work day in clothes that feel like they’re attacking you and your finances. I want a price tag that won’t send you into debt. I want it made of material that lets you function. I want clothes that let you get dressed without someone helping you and clothes that let you go to the bathroom during the day."

At the end of the day, isn't that really what we all want?

A version of this article was originally published on Oct. 3, 2018.

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