News Orange Is the New Black's Resident Hairstylist (and Breakout Star) Laverne Cox Is Our New Beauty Idol By Katie Donbavand Katie Donbavand Instagram Twitter Katie Donbavand is an experienced, versatile editor and writer who has been creating content for digital audiences since 2007. As InStyle's BTS Editor, she speaks fluent ARMY and serves as their in-house Bangtan Sonyeondan (방탄소년단) expert covering fashion, new drops, and all else. She's also a Contributing Fashion Editor for PopSugar and has written for Sports Illustrated, the Chicago Tribune, and more. Additionally, she is an Audience Development Strategist and has worked with the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Martha Stewart Weddings, Barron's, MarketWatch, Daily Paws, and HelloGiggles. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on June 9, 2014 @ 05:05AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Getty Images We're ready to call it: Laverne Cox is our new beauty idol. One of the breakout stars of the critically acclaimed Orange Is the New Black, which had many of us binge-watching Season 2 episodes all weekend, has also been in the spotlight as the first transgendered person ever to land on the cover of Time. Through all her photo calls, red carpet appearances, and promotional interviews, Cox has consistently looked flawless. We've come to rely on the blonde glamazon for a heaping dose of gorgeous. Let's worship a bit, shall we? With her glowing skin, perfect pout, and a superhuman mastery of eyeliner, Cox's style is nothing short of sublime. When we asked her to spill her secrets, she delivered! The actress dished about her never-fail products, who her style inspiration is, and her DIY beauty secret (hint: it involves a black Sharpie!). Your skin is always glowing! What is your beautiful skin secret?I try to keep it all really simple. Years ago, this queen I worked with suggested I wash my face with baby shampoo. I have been using it ever since. I love makeup and wear lots of it but always wash it off at the end of the day with baby shampoo. What’s the one step in your beauty routine you never skip?When I want to wear makeup but not too much, the least I wear is pressed powder, L'Oréal True Match, and Revlon Grow Luscious mascara. Now that you’re a big TV star, have you picked up any new beauty tips or tricks from all your time spent on set?I am obsessed with contouring. My makeup artist, Deja Davenport, contours my face with a cream stick. Before we powder. I have always contoured with powder. They are both valid techniques, but she is pushing me to try new things which is great. I am also trying to learn her technique for applying lashes. I am good, but she gives me that Kevyn-Aucoin-arched-double-lash fantasy that's just ultra glam. On Orange is the New Black, your character Sophia keeps herself and her cellmates as glam as possible with little DIY beauty innovations. Do you have any DIY beauty hacks that would make Sophia proud?This is very DIY but I have used a black Sharpie to give dark roots to my wigs for a little ombré affect. But it works. Who’s your beauty icon?Beyoncé. All day, everyday. If pretty hurts she must be in a lot of pain. Want more? See Laverne Cox's top 5 beauty must-haves now!