Lizzo Had to Send Herself to ‘Skin Rehab’ After Making This Rookie Mistake

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From slaying on-stage to making clever music videos, Lizzo always looks, dare we say, good as hell. But when the 31-year-old history-making singer sat down with The New York Times to talk about her beauty journey, she revealed that once upon a time she had to go to “skin rehab.” Dun, dun, dun!

The problems started when the “Tempo” artist was on tour and generally exhausted. “So I was on the road, and I was sleeping in my makeup a bunch. It was so embarrassing. What am I, a child? And I was waking up and thinking I’m invincible, nothing can happen to me!” she recalled. Turns out that wasn’t the case.

She explained, “One day my face broke out—not even broke out in acne, but red and irritated. I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is what happens when you party all night and you don’t wash off your makeup.’” Guess the (skin deep) truth does hurt.

So off to her own version of “skin rehab” she went. “Listen, I was in face masks—the Peter Thomas Roth green tea face mask, literally every night. It was really scary,” she said. “I thought my skin would never come back.”

Lizzo sought help from her makeup artist, Alexx Mayo, who introduced her to Sunday Riley products. Now, she’s the proud owner of the C.E.O. Glow oil ($40), which she called “so sick,” adding, “I love oils in general. Black girls, we’re always using cocoa butter, coconut oil and shea butter on our bodies. I’m an oily b***h.”

She uses Sunday Riley’s Ceramic Slip face wash ($35) and says the whole product range works well for her, so she doesn’t “mess with it.”

That skin snafu scared Lizzo so badly that now she’s very careful about how much and what kind of makeup she uses.

The “Juice” singer now uses Urban Decay Perversion mascara ($24) after lash extensions left her eyes super swollen. “Instead of the falsies, I just build a lash. You just got to take some time with it. Build a lash, baby,” she shared.

And, since she worked so hard to get her skin back to normal, Lizzo says she tries to rock a bare face on her days off. “I used to do highlighter, but then I stopped on my days off because (a) I’ve been using the glow oil, and I think that works better, and (b) lately, when I put highlighter on, it’s too much. I’m really into my skin looking naked. I’m trying to honor that my skin looks so good now and rock it.”

We’re all about a no-makeup look. Especially as former “skin rehab” visitors ourselves.

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