Mary J. Blige no longer feels like she has to wear a full face of make-up every day.
The R&B singer/ actress always pulls out all of the stops whenever she hits the red carpet, opting for perfectly coiffed tresses and glamorous gowns.
However, Blige has now shared that she opts for a minimal beauty regime when off-duty.
“In my everyday life, I barely have anything on. I wear a lip, an eyeliner, and I kind of darken my eyebrows, but I don’t have any foundation on,” she told Refinery29, adding that she will keep her look simple when doing interviews or events. “I tell my make-up artist, please don’t remake my face – just enhance what I have. I’m happy with what I have.”
Along with finding success with her 1990s albums What’s the 411? and My Life, Blige also built up a reputation for her boundary breaking make-up looks, such as the black lipstick she sported in the video for her 1996 single Not Gon’ Cry.
However, the Mudbound star is adamant she has long moved on from such dramatic statements.
“On the What’s the 411? album, I was hiding. You couldn’t see my eyes, and I had a hat on. I always wanted to wear dark lipstick or anything that hid me – glasses, a hood, whatever it was. I never believed in my own beauty,” the 48-year-old recalled. “Black lipstick was armour for me. Every time you’d see me, I had a lot of stuff on because I was hiding. I’m not hiding anymore.”
Most of the time, Blige opts for pink or nude lip colours, and has just collaborated with MAC Cosmetics on a limited-edition lipstick for the new Love Me collection.
“I love a nude lip because it’s just effortless and it doesn’t fight with anything that’s going one,” she said in a statement announcing the partnership. “Even if you’re all glammed up, there’s something about a neutral lip that makes you look younger.”
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