Lupita Nyong’o Talks Inner Beauty, Social Media & Self-Confidence in Lucky Magazine
For her cover story, she shares thoughts on beauty, social media, managing self-doubt, the anxiety of public speaking and more.
For her Patrick Demarchelier-lensed feature, the Lupita sits poolside wearing vibrant selections by Juan Carlos Obando, Ana Khouri, Christian Louboutin, Michael Kors, Novis, Alexis Bittar, Victoria by Victoria Beckham, Proenza Schouler, Tory Burch and Mark Cross.
Lupita’s gorgeous glow is thanks to makeup artist Nick Barose, who wanted to focus on her beautiful skin.
He uses all Lancôme makeup: Nude Miracle Liquid-to-Powder Makeup in 530 Suede, the gold shade from the Color Design 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Jacaranda Bloom, Grandiôse Mascara, and Shine Lover lipstick in Brun de Coquette, out in March. See the application process at luckyshops.com.
On inner beauty:
“I don’t think the most memorable people are remembered for their looks. They’re remembered for their spirit, and their spirit influences what they look like.”
On using cosmetics:
“My mother has never ever worn a drop of makeup in her life—not even at her wedding. Honestly, my mother’s outlook was hard for me to take when I was a teenager and I wanted to experiment. But in the end I appreciated it, because today I can look in a mirror with no makeup on and love myself.”
“My mother didn’t think makeup was necessary, and I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s an accessory. It’s as necessary as a pair of earrings, if you know what I mean. It’s something I do to adorn myself. I don’t do it to hide myself.”
On public speaking:
“It makes me very nervous. My heart is on my sleeve when I do those things, but the only way I know to do them is to speak from my heart. So it costs me a lot … and then I need to take a nap.”
On how she decides what to share on social media:
“I’m governed by things that made me smile, laugh and think,” she says. “And if they do that to me, then I ask myself, Would anybody else care to see this? If I can think of one person, I post it.”
On dealing with the self-doubting voice that pops into her head:
“Do I still hear it once in a while? Only on a daily basis. It’s not a voice one should get rid of. It keeps you in check. It focuses you. You just have to manage it and not let it get stronger than the voice that says ‘You can do this.’”