Lupita Nyong'o banned from wearing makeup

Lupita Nyong'o has confessed she found it "hard" growing up after being banned from wearing makeup by her mother, Dorothy.

Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o was banned from wearing makeup by her mother.

The '12 Years A Slave' star has revealed she had to get her aunt to sneak cosmetics into her home as her mother, Dorothy, was so against her putting on makeup when she was a youngster.

She said: "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 wanted to experiment."

However, the raven-haired beauty is now glad her mother took such a firm stance on wearing cosmetics as it taught her to love herself.

She said: "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."

The 31-year-old actress - who is a spokesperson for Lancome - is known for her vibrant red carpet looks and always keeps the brand's Lip Lover lipstick on hand to add a pop of colour to her outfit.

She told the March issue of Lucky magazine: "I always have a Lip Lover, in one shade or another, in my purse. They just add a little bit of szoozh. I'll choose the colour depending on what I'm wearing and how much tint I want."

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