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Lupita Nyong’o’s Best Beauty Tips and Makeup Must-Haves

To say that 2014 was a big year for Lupita Nyong’o might be the understatement of the century. It was monumental—titanic even. She was nominated for just about every statue on the awards show circuit for her role in 12 Years a Slave and took home the grand prize: Oscar. Nyong’o also landed a coveted contract with Lancôme, providing the world with a fresh face and perspective on beauty—a quality she often struggled to find within herself as a young girl. She noted in an acceptance speech at the Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon: “My mother would say to me, ‘You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you.’ And these words plagued and bothered me. I didn’t really understand them, until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.” Nyong’o undoubtedly has an exquisite way of being, one that sets the world abuzz with the sheer revelation of her lip balm. (The tube she handed over to Ellen DeGeneres at the Academy Awards sold out overnight.) Here, the hair, skin, and makeup essentials she swears by—some of which she’ll probably have on hand as she preps for her appearance at this weekend’s Golden Globes.

—Amber Kallor,

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