Lupita Nyong'o: 'I Can Love Myself' Without Makeup

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o: 'I Can Love Myself' Without Makeup

The Oscar winner talks self-confidence, fame and social media.

Published February 16, 2015

Lupita Nyong’o set the red carpet on fire last year with her effortless beauty and always-on-point fashion choices. On the one-year anniversary of winning an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave and being crowned Hollywood's It Girl, Nyong'o talks to Lucky about the ups and downs of fame, how she deals with social media, and loving herself when her glam squad is not around.

Nyong'o reveals to the magazine that her mother banned her from wearing makeup as a young girl, and that the strict rules of her household have had an unexpected benefit to her as an adult.


“My mother has never ever worn a drop of makeup in her life — not even at her wedding,” she says. “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.”

Now, Nyong’o — known for her fresh-faced beauty — is the face of global cosmetics brand Lancôme. 

In addition to her makeup evolution, the gorgeous star also talks to Lucky about the pressures of celebrity and her rule for posting on social media.

“The not-so-fun part of all this is that when I don’t feel like being famous, I still am,” she admits. “When you’re in the middle of Manhattan and you have to pop into Starbucks to use the restroom and everyone recognizes you when you’re waiting on line, it’s awkward.” 

Though Nyong'o is known to be a class act and has avoided the social media missteps that a lot of up-and-coming stars make, she isn't afraid of Twitter or Instagram. “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.”

Read the full interview in Luckyon newsstands now. always gives you the latest fashion and beauty trends, tips and news. We are committed to bringing you the best of Black lifestyle and celebrity culture. 

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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