One of our favorite things about Zendaya (other than the fact that she’s an outspoken badass) is that she does her own makeup. Sure, one of the perks of being a celebrity is having a glam squad on-hand at all times, but Zendaya is a low-key makeup wizard (did you see the girl at the Teen Choice Awards?!), and she prefers to take things into her own hands when getting ready for red-carpet events or just a day out. So, when the 20-year-old uploaded a YouTube tutorial revealing her 4-minute, easy-as-hell routine, we obviously sat down and took notes.
Our major takeaway? Other than the fact that Zendaya swears by cream-based blushes rather than powder, the actress is obsessed with a $5 drugstore product that you’ve probably had lying around your house since birth: Aquaphor.
In the video, which is chock full of her endearing-as-hell personality, Zendaya opts for minimalist, multi-use products. Starting with a clean, moisturized face, Zendaya layers concealer, setting powder, bronzer, and a creamy blush with a light, effortless hand. After a few coats of mascara and a little brow powder, Zendaya whips out a tube of Aquaphor and dabs it onto her cheekbones and the bridge of her nose, calling it “the magic step.”
“It’s like sweat, but it’s not,” she laughs as she pats the Aquaphor across her nose. She does warn, though, “If you tend to get a shiny nose, don’t do this.”
There you have it: Instead of walking down a red carpet wearing a fancy, luxe highlighter like most would assume, Zendaya uses an incredibly wallet-friendly, no-frills product. We’ll be all ears for more of Zendaya’s beauty hacks, since there’s no doubt the girl’s got a true gift.