By Angelique Serrano
Updated Aug 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am
Credit: Matthew Simmons/FilmMagic

Her voice, the long wavy hair, that body—when you think of the Colombian actress, you think of the whole package. Here, Sofia Vergara reveals her must-haves, her first beauty memories, and the secret to how she remains comfortable and confident in her own skin.

InStyle: What's your first beauty memory?

Sofia Vergara: I remember watching my mom and aunt get ready to go out, and falling in love with the process of putting on makeup and perfume. Beauty is something I take very seriously as a Latin woman. Growing up, I learned never to leave the house without mascara. I think all the Vergara women would agree it's important to look your best at all times.

IS: When do you feel most beautiful?

SV: What's most important is how you feel on the inside. And I feel beautiful when I'm with my husband and my family and friends. Don't get me wrong: I can assure you, during those moments I'll have some makeup on—and probably high heels.

IS: Were you always confident in your own skin?

SV: I was always a little confident, but it wasn't until I began finding success as an actress that I truly became comfortable. Being on a hit show opened the door to so much opportunity and allowed me to pursue passions outside of acting. I was able to have clothing lines, be the face of CoverGirl, and create three perfumes. I recently co-founded an underwear business EBY [Empowered by You, a subscription-based underwear line], and 10 percent of its sales goes to microfinance loans for women. I think that's what has made me feel the most confident: succeeding in business.

IS: What's your fitness routine like?

SV: I've been doing a lot of weight training the past few years; that along with Pilates works really well for my body. If I want my cake, I have to work for it.

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IS: Do you have a beauty icon?

SV: Sophia Loren. She was the epitome of glamour and still is. She had the body, the face—everything was just perfection.

IS: Which of these can you not live without: hair product, lipstick, skin cream, or high heels?

SV: I cannot believe you are asking me to choose. I can't!

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