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Personal Best: Q&A With Katharine McPhee

The "Smash" star discusses health, stress, and her work on eradicating malaria.

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How do you keep healthy on the road and on the set?

"Life's daily anxieties cause stress. Having a few close friends and your family helps keep you accountable -- that's how I stay balanced. Meditation and prayer give me a way to process things."

What three makeup items do you never leave home without when you're traveling (or every day)?

"I don't want to look too done -- plus, that's too much work. I use Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm and I'm into Bobbi Brown red lipstick now and her blush for a pinch of cheek color. I use a little Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils' Mascara in burgundy. I apply a bit of under-eye concealer and Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint for nice coverage -- it doesn't feel heavy. Also, I feel best with some texture in my hair."

What do you always keep in your purse? 

"I keep Arnica pellets, because I feel like they help with muscle aches, swelling, and injuries. I'm so active -- dancing, talking, and singing so much on set. I think Arnica may help keep my vocal chords from swelling, too."

If you could visit any one place on Earth, where would you go and why?

"I'd love to go to the Cannes International Film festival in the South of France -- for an actual movie role! I'd want to rent a yacht for a night."

What's the best life/skin care/fitness/health advice you ever got?

"Partying too much takes a toll on your skin. Get as much sleep as you can -- it really helps keep skin looking fresh. And moisturize, moisturize, moisturize -- I use tons and I like La Mer."

What cause is near and dear to you?

"I like to support causes that feel attainable. McPhee Outreach supports Malaria No More, which is determined to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015 -- and I'm also a spokesperson. Earlier this year, I went to Africa and helped distribute mosquito nets. Net usage among the most vulnerable groups, like pregnant women and young children, has increased so much. Malaria, which is preventable and treatable, also affects the country's economy when parents can't go to work and then can't support their children. We also helped build a preschool in Africa's Burkina Faso, one of the world's poorest countries with one of the highest illiteracy rates."

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Reviewed on February 26, 2013

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