Lupita Nyong'o Tells 'Glamour' Mag: 'I Don't Ever Want To Depend On Makeup To Feel Beautiful'

Beauty & Style | Bené Viera | 02/13/2014 | 12:10 PM EST

The Oscar-nominated actress shares her beauty secrets with 'Glamour' magazine

Lupita, Lupita, Lupita. Give us more! Hollywood has taken a liking to (more like obsession) with the talented Lupita Nyong’o since her debut in 12 Years A Slave. And once you’re the Hollywood “It Girl,” there’s no turning back.

Glamour magazine was able to get the 30-year-old Yale graduate to divulge on her beauty secrets for the March issue. That flawless skin? Her red carpet stunning look? All achievable with her tips.

When it comes to her beautiful skin the actress said, “I love using natural oils. I use avocado oil and Hawaiian kukui oil on my face. I like to keep things natural, simple, and straightforward.”

One of our favorite Hollywood chicks is in a national glossy talking about how she uses Avocado and Hawaiian kukui oil on her face! This.girl.is.everything.

As far as the red carpet looks that have left us all salivating she said, “I love color. I’m enjoying trying all different shades. Makeup isn’t something I’ve worn a lot of in my life. So it’s good to work with someone like [makeup artist] Nick Barose, who is inspired by my complexion and knows how to work with it.”

Makeup is not something Lupita needs to feel beautiful, it’s more like an accessory.

“If a girl wants to wear makeup to boost confidence, why not? [But] I’ve worked hard to feel beautiful in my natural skin. Personally, I don’t ever want to depend on makeup to feel beautiful.”

Take that all you guys who think women are deceiving you with their glued on eyelashes and concealer touches.

Her makeup beginnings have quite the interesting story dating back to an all-boys school.

“They had these archaic rules: For example, girls couldn’t wear makeup,” she told Glamour. “I found it so outrageous that an all-boys school could tell girls to not wear makeup! So I went on a campaign. I got a petition signed and everything.”

While we oogle over the Oscar-nominated actress because she’s a breath of fresh air in Hollywood, the fame hasn’t been easy for her to adjust to. In an interview with New York magazine she said she now lived in a bubble.

“I don’t know who they were waiting for, but they definitely chased me down, which is a startling, disturbing experience. I did not expect it. I went into flight mode. ...There are so many highlights that are no longer highlights. I’m living a very swollen life.

I’ve been in a bubble. I haven’t been out much. I haven’t gotten used to being recognized. More than that, I was blissfully ignorant of the magnitude of the project I was in or what it was going to mean for the world.”


(Photo: Glamour Magazine, March 2014)

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