While King's in the position to play high-maintenance diva, she describes herself as an easy-maintenance girl prone to mixing lavish goods with a few drugstore faves. Most of the items in her makeup bag are recommendations, but once she discovers a product that works, she's loyal.
"I stick with tried and true," says King, 56, who's also editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine.
The lovely King shares with BlackVoices.com the five beauty staples that allow her to put her best self forward.
1. Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin scent
King's a longtime fan of Jo Malone's products, so it's no wonder she counts the Lime Basil & Mandarin Bath Oil ($25, jomalone.com), Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Lotion ($65, jomalone.com) and Lime Basil & Mandarin Home Candle ($65, jomalone.com) among her favorite things. "It's fresh and citrusy, not perfumy. I've been using them over 10 years," she says.
2. Anastasia Beverly Hills for brows
Whenever King is in Los Angeles, she makes a point of stopping at Anastasia Beverly Hills Salon (and In and Out and Sprinkles for cupcakes) to shape up her brows (prices start at $45, anastasia.net).
"I hate having mine done, but when I muster the courage, I go to Anastasia," King say of Anastasia Soare, eyebrow guru to the stars, including BFF Winfrey. Why does she dislike the process? The pain. "They're waxed and then tweezed. I always go as little as possible," King says. Don't have time to fly into L.A. to tame your caterpillars? Visit the Anastasia Brow Studio exclusively at Nordstrom.
3. Lanier Long Aloe Vera Supreme Lotion
King recently fell in love with Aloe Vera Supreme Lotion (available at lanierlong.com), handmade by her makeup artist, Lanier Long. And this product is 100% natural. Read: No artificial fragrances, dyes or fillers. "It's so natural, you have to shake it. It doesn't contain any mineral oil or petroleum -- only sweet almond oils, vitamin E and fresh aloe vera gel," says King, who loves how moisturized it leaves her skin.
4. Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color Collection
There's nothing like finding the right lipstick shade, especially one that doesn't require constant reapplication and doesn't dry out your lips. For King, that shade is warm sable and the brand is Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color Collection ($45, tomford.com). "They have great pigment and glide right on; they leave that luxurious feel," she says. "And their packaging is so pretty!"
5. Black Opal Oil-Absorbing Pressed Powder
Celebrity makeup artist Long also introduced King to drug store regular Black Opal Oil-Absorbing Pressed Powder in medium brown ($8.95, blackopalbeauty.com), a go-to during commercial breaks on 'The Gayle King Show.' "It's light and airy, and controls shine without that cakiness that some powders have," she says. Another benefit this pressed powder offers? "It comes in a sleek case that fits right in your evening clutch," King adds.
Have you tried any of Gayle's faves? Tell us which one you like and why!