What colors are you loving on your nails right now?
I haven’t been a big nail-color person in a while. I actually like a good buff, and on my toes I like a nude or pinkish-brown color. I keep it very natural now. I used to do Tiffany blue and neon yellow and black with polka dots, but not really anymore.
What’s your go-to perfume and why?
It’s called Bond No. 9 and the fragrance is High Line. It’s expensive, but I’ve been wearing it since I was 26. I get a big bottle. It doesn’t take a whole lot.
Screw, Marry, Kill: mascara, lipstick, highlighter?
I would definitely marry highlighter. I’m not a big lipstick wearer, so I’ll kill that. And I would screw mascara. I’ve been wearing lash extensions for, like, 13 years. But during quarantine I’ve been growing my own lashes out using LiLash, and they grew long as hell.
What music do you listen to when you’re getting ready?
Nineties rock or R&B. I love Rick Astley, Tara Kemp, Peter Gabriel…also one-hit-wonders like Nelson. Just really kind of random but I think great stuff.
How much time do you spend getting ready?
Not as much as I used to now that I have these wonderful brows. It used to take me a full hour to get my eyebrows right. I was very, very particular about it. As for makeup, it takes me about 20 minutes. I just do a tinted moisturizer, and maybe a concealer, like Nars Creamy Concealer in Ginger.
What products do you use to keep your hair healthy?
I try to not overwash it and go once every five days. If my hair starts to get a little too oily, I’ll take an open bristle brush and put baby powder in it so it gets fluffy again. Besides that, now that I have my goddess locs in, I use Dr. Kari Daily Spray, which helps keep your hair nourished and protected. For my sideburns, I use Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste and a little baby brush that looks like a toothbrush to formulate how I want my baby hairs to look. I also like the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray when I want my hair to look a little bit fuller. I finish it off with L’Oréal Elnett hairspray.
Would you rather get a facial or massage?
Massage. I try to get one in every country I go to. I do like a good facial, but again, I’m so particular about my face, I don’t trust just anybody. The only woman who touches my face is my facialist, Silvana. She has a bunch of incredible, organic skin-care products as well. My sister’s skin literally transformed when she started working with her, so I was like, That’s the only person I trust to do a facial on me.
What’s your favorite way to take a moment for yourself?
First thing in the morning, I make sure I don’t grab my phone. I sit up and say affirmations and remind myself who God says that I am, not who I feel like I might be at any given moment. I read my bible and say a prayer. When I get in my car, I listen to either some gospel or uplifting music, so the first thing that settles into my spirit is something positive.
If you could change one thing about beauty perceptions, what would that be?
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