In an era when manufactured pop stars have more influence over the zeitgeist than ever, Tinashe defies convention. The Kentucky-born beauty is not only a singer and kick-ass dancer, but she also pens her own lyrics (and those of many others, including Fifth Harmony and Jennifer Lopez), produces records, acts, and models—can you say phenom?
She started her entertainment career at the age of three and went on to release two mix tapes lauded by industry critics before signing with RCA. And as the daughter of two professors, she’s also got the brains thing down, too.
This year has been bigger than ever for Tinashe as she’s currently on her Joyride tour, which will wrap up next month after hitting Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America. She also compiled two of her mix tapes into her eponymous album, Tinashe, in March, and released her very own palette with MAC whose shades play on the name of each track.
As such, we thought there would be no better time to get all the details behind Tinashe’s beauty routine—she excels at that whole “I woke up like this” no-makeup thing daily (see the slideshow above for proof)—and the results surprised us. Read on for her low-key hair routine, the products she swears by, and the best beauty tip she’s ever received.
The first thing I do in the morning is:
Check my phone.
My everyday skin care routine includes:
I never leave home without putting on sunscreen!
My favorite cocktail is:
A strawberry margarita.
My favorite meal in the world is:
Anything with fries 🍟.
My favorite way to work out is:
A nice, long hike.
I keep my hair healthy by:
Not overdoing any particular thing. I have to tone down the heat and styling every now and again, so my strands don’t burn out.
My weirdest beauty secret is:
I’m pretty normal in the beauty department—I unfortunately don’t do anything too weird!
My favorite lip color is:
I’m all about nudes. I like to keep it simple and understated.
My must-have beauty products are:
I don’t like carrying too much around, so I love all-in-one products like eyeshadow palettes that make it easy. It’s one of the reasons I designed my MAC palette: so many great shades in one case!
My favorite thing about my job is:
I get to perform in front of thousands of fans every night. They have the best energy and show so much love.
The best beauty tip I’ve ever received is:
Always wear sunscreen!
The beauty trend I’m dying to try is:
Believe it or not, I’ve never tried eyelash extensions! Looking to get some of those this year.
My favorite lesser-known brand is:
Mixed Chicks for all my hair needs.