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23rd of March 2018


Sonequa Martin-Green Shows Us How an Intergalactic Space Heroine Kick-Starts Her Day

Sonequa Martin-Green has a knack for placing herself in bizarre situations. Last year, after five seasons on AMC’s The Walking Dead, the actress swapped postapocalyptic zombie shelters for something equally otherworldly. In CBS All Access’s Star Trek: Discovery, she stars as First Officer Michael Burnham. “They were adamant about finding a black woman to lead the show,” says the Alabama native, 32. When she’s not racing between galaxies, Martin-Green’s dashing through her L.A. home in leopard-print Michael Kors slippers with her husband (Walking Dead actor Kenric Green) and their three-year-old son, Kenric Justin, aka K2. Tag along!

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Rise and Shine

“I’m woken up by the iPhone’s Apex alarm at 6:30 a.m. I snooze twice in five-minute increments. My husband’s snoozing, too. I can hear his alarm, and he hears mine. We’re delaying the inevitable.”

On the Move

“I take K2 to day care around 8:30 in my low-top, white Kenneth Cole slip-on sneakers. They’re understated but still fly. I’ll carry a fully stocked Dune London leather satchel—and I would not be Sonequa if I didn’t forget my phone.”

Pearly Whites

“I drop my son off before I brush my teeth—don’t judge! I use a Philips Sonicare toothbrush and a Waterpik flosser. It shoots out a water stream, so you don’t have to worry about microtears in your gums from flossing. Then I use a metal tongue scraper and an alkaline mouthwash.”

Martin-Green as Michael Burnham in Star Trek: Discovery

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Quick Rinse

“I prefer quick showers—in and out!—around four minutes. If I shave my legs in the morning, it’s a sacrifice, because I have to double my shower time. [Laughs] I always shave with coconut oil or grape-seed oil. It makes your skin so soft. You’ll never go back.”

Hair Care

“If I’m wearing a curly ’fro, I’ll put it up into a ‘pineapple’ at night, which is piling it on top of my head and wrapping it in a silk scarf. [For the shower] I’ll just put on a shower cap, and when I come out, I tease it down and scrunch it with warm water.”

Face First

“I wash my face in the shower with Dermalogica’s Dermal Clay Cleanser, and when I get out, I spritz it with their Antioxidant Hydramist and a mix of their Oil Free Matte SPF 30 sunscreen and Active Moist moisturizer. Then I have a three-minute face I’ve perfected: I love the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil, Sisley Paris mascara, and a spot of Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat concealer under my eyes. I use a little bit of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit to highlight my cheekbones and the bridge and tip of my nose, and then I’ll use a bold Ofra liquid lipstick.”

All episodes of Star Trek: Discovery's first season are now available to watch on CBS All Access.

Courtesy of the brands

1. Dune London suede cross-body bag, $99; SHOP

2. Michael Kors calf-hair slide, $130; SHOP

3. Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil, $24; SHOP

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sun Dipped, $40; SHOP

5. Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Touche Éclat, $42; SHOP

This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of ELLE.


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