Thandie Newton has a "low maintenance" beauty routine.

The stunning actress has minimal time to get ready in the mornings because she takes her two daughters Ripley, 10 and Nico, six, to school every day so Thandie insists the few products she does use are effective.

She said: "If you're low-maintenance, it's really important that the stuff you do use really works. It's all about multi-tasking. The kids have to be at school by 8.30 every day and I don't want to look like I've just got out of bed so I wash my face and I put on Olay's Total Effects Touch of Foundation."

Although Thandie is famed for her gorgeous complexion, she admitted her skin dries out very easily so she has used moisturiser every day for as long as she can remember.

She said: "There's a truth in that old 'black don't crack' thing. But dark skin like mine gets very dry - you get these ashy deposits on your legs, so I've used moisturiser since the day I could walk."

Thandie also has a laid back approach to food and revealed she doesn't waste her time on fad diets.

She told Britain's InStyle magazine: "If I go away for Christmas and eat too much, I don't get stressed about it. If I need to lose weight, I eat less pasta."