Lupita Nyong’o turns to mum for style tips

Kenyan and Mexican actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the seventh annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Liberty State Park on May 31, 2014 in Jersey City

The Oscar-winning actress has revealed that her ultimate wardrobe inspiration comes from her mum who taught her to dress respectfully for any occasion.
Lupita told Lucky magazine: “My mother raised us to dress as a sign of respect. Like, no ball gowns to the ball game. That’s still how I approach dressing.

“At Yale [School of Drama], I was three years in slacks, so then, any excuse to dress up, I took. Now I’m the opposite.”

The beautiful ’12 Years a Slave’ star also admitted that her love for dramatic make-up looks started when she was just a teenager.

She told the mag: “My mother never wore it, so make-up always fascinated me. I was always trying to add more! I started experimenting – brows were first, and it hurt – at 16.

“From brows I moved on to black lipstick, which I still wear. I’ve had black lipstick in my bag since I was 17 – I’ve even worn it on the red carpet. I’d tell my mother, ‘It’s for the play!’

“We’re a big performative family, so we were always putting on shows for each other, make-believe. Black lipstick is just instant drama. I always sought out drama – I played Juliet at 14 – though I don’t like it in my personal life. It’s more for the stage and screen.”

To keep her skin looking red-carpet ready, Lupita loves to use products from Lancome alongside some more natural remedies.

She explained: “I experiment with skin care gradually, so I learn the effects. I love Genifique serum and eye cream, and avocado and kukui nut oil – when your skin feels good, you feel good.”

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