Since bursting onto the scene with her soulful, critically acclaimed debut EP Project 11 three years ago, British singer/songwriter Jorja Smith has scored duets with some of the biggest male hip-hop stars (cue Drake and Kendrick Lamar); a Best British Female Artist Brit Award; and as of April, the title of Dior Makeup Ambassador. Following her tour with Kali Uchis this year, we sit down with the 22-year-old mixed-race beauty for an exclusive interview on how she dolls up and winds down.
Best makeup advice she’s been given
“Put concealer on top of foundation; that it’s important to blend with the beauty blender; to check and make sure that everything has sunk into your skin properly (before heading out) and to get ready a bit earlier so that your makeup has time to ‘live’ on your face as it warms up after sinking in. If you do not have time for your makeup to warm up, setting sprays do help and make a difference.”
An interesting beauty trick
“Putting liner on your top waterline makes the lash line fuller, connects it with your mascara and lifts your eyes. It looks really great.”
“The Dior Backstage Lip Palette (with nine long-wearing, richly pigmented shades in a variety of glossy, matte and satin finishes) that I always mix and match. My favourite colours would be Rosewood Blush, Berry and Pink. This palette really has everything!”
The beauty essentials in her purse
“(Dior’s colour-reviving) Lip Glow in #001 and a nourishing face cream, just in case anything gets dry. I usually carry the lip colour that I have on that day. I am so lucky to have my makeup artist and hairstylist with me all the time so that all I need to carry are my essentials.”
Favourite Dior makeup product
“I love the Dior Iconic Mascara because it makes my lashes look really long and full, and the Dior Backstage Foundation because I don’t like anything too thick on my face, especially when I’m performing… it gives me just the right amount of coverage without being too heavy. I also really love the lipsticks. My absolute favourite I an no longer live without is Dior Lip Glow. I love how it enhances one’s natural lip colour and sometimes I add a gloss on top to make my lips extra shiny.”
Her morning beauty routine
“(It’s) pretty simple: I exfoliate my face twice – though I should not because I have been using glycolic acid pads for a while – then I put on a day cream, some eye serum and finish by spraying the (hydrating) Miss Dior Silky Face & Body Mist. Then I’m good to go.”
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