Rihanna is a beauty icon but that doesn’t mean she thinks beauty means you have to be perfect. The singer and Fenty Beauty founder admits she wasn’t allowed to wear makeup growing up and although she loves to play with her looks, she hates the thought of selling “perfection.”
“Everyone is beautiful in their own way,” she said in a Monday, Nov. 6 interview with InStyle.
The star acknowledged that in her widely celebrated Fenty Beauty line too. It dropped exclusively in Sephora stores (and online) with 40 foundation shades and the dark ones sold out almost instantly.
“That was very important to me,” she told InStyle. “I wanted everyone to feel included. We actually started with foundation because it’s the very first makeup product I fell in love with.”
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But Rih could only sport lipstick and such for special occasions growing up in Barbados. Yet her mother’s work at a cosmetics counter launched the singer’s love for perfume and makeup. She said when she isn’t feeling her best, gussying up puts her in a great mood.
“I start by looking for my outfit, and even that can be like, ‘Ugh, I gotta figure something out.’ If I’m still not feeling it, I go to the mirror and get my beat together. Makeup is therapeutic for me. Once I start my glam — the makeup, the hair — I’m good. I’ll play music, find the good light in the bathroom, and just have a great time. That’s what gets me motivated.”
That doesn’t mean you’ll always catch Rih stepping out in a full face, though. She happily posted a fresh-faced photo on Instagram while vacationing in Barbados in 2013.
And she’s not alone in her embracing of going makeup free.
Alicia Keys became the face of the #NoMakeup movement last year when she said she didn’t want to “cover up” anymore. The “Blended Family” singer has also kept up the look, recently performing at the Concert For UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital