Lupita Nyong’o turns to mum for style tips

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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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