In a enterprise that’s all about standing out, Halsey stands out. After her featured vocals on the Chainsmokers’ 2016 single “Nearer” made her a success with each pool-party family in America, this radically clear pop star spent final fall touring for her chart-topping album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. Earlier this yr, she delivered a highly effective spoken-word efficiency on the New York Metropolis Girls’s March, detailing her personal experiences with sexual assault. If you happen to haven’t seen it but, watch “A Story Like Mine” on YouTube. Go now; we’ll wait.
OK, so there you go: Halsey has no use for falsehoods or obfuscations. In honor of a newly minted collaboration with Yves Saint Laurent Magnificence, we requested her to talk her magnificence reality and monitor her evolution from that first main efficiency to right this moment — with all of the victories, blunders, and self-discoveries alongside the way in which. Her unfiltered (after all) reflections:
“Efficiency and wonder have a long-standing historical past. Going again to the Greeks after which early theater and Shakespeare, the entire level of utilizing make-up onstage is to amplify your options and make every part extra expressive. Once I’m performing, I’m principally carrying numerous darkish make-up — darkish lips, darkish eyes. What I appear like in individual is rather a lot totally different than how I look onstage.
I’m 23. Once I got here into the music trade, I had someone do my make-up, however I flipped out. Folks overlook musician and a mannequin are very totally different. A mannequin’s job is to play a personality, however as a musician, I’m simply myself each day. I can’t have somebody who doesn’t know me approaching board and altering my face. I’m singing songs which can be private, from the underside of my coronary heart. My followers want to acknowledge the individual singing to them, you already know? That’s simply how it’s for me. So I began doing my make-up myself. I don’t really feel like I must be carrying that a lot. For me personally, I like to seek out methods to play up my current magnificence fairly than attempting to vary what my face seems to be like.
I began taking part in with make-up once I was 12 years outdated. I used to be an artwork child, so I’ve painted my complete life. Brushes, and colour principle, and understanding spotlight and shadow and dimension are stuff I knew innately. I additionally drew realism, so I painted faces on a regular basis.
My mother was actually tomboyish, and I had two brothers, so I didn’t have anyone in my life who was educating me about make-up. I grew to become obsessive about it by myself. As quickly as YouTube grew to become a well-liked platform for folks to submit movies about make-up, I used to be absorbing as a lot as I may, and I used to be ripping out pages of magazines and constructing collages and temper boards and studying as a lot as I may. After which…I took a left flip and began writing music.
I didn’t get tremendous good at determining what sort of make-up was finest for stage till I performed my first headlining present ever. I used to be at Troubadour in Los Angeles, and I undoubtedly fucked it up unhealthy. I simply needed to do one thing totally different, and I used to be nonetheless discovering myself then. I had vivid, vivid, vivid blue hair, and I reduce up a bunch of Flash Tattoos and layered them throughout my cheekbones and the bridge of my nostril in order that from far-off, they’d appear like a extremely, actually intense spotlight. Reflecting gold. Up shut, I seemed like a mermaid with scales.
I’m fairly freestyle with regards to magnificence. I’ve been recognized to vanish upstairs to get able to exit and are available downstairs with a very totally different hair colour or with my head shaved. And all people’s like, ‘You’ve been gone for 30 minutes…. What occurred?’ I’m recognized to be form of reckless with my magnificence choices. I’ve to pressure myself to not be so impulsive. I can’t go onstage late as a result of my make-up is completed poorly. And I have to construct confidence once I get on the market.
Clearly, I like Yves Saint Laurent merchandise, and that’s why I’ve been working with them — I’m adamant about not working with manufacturers I don’t really use in actual life. I’m not an excellent liar. YSL’s Touche Éclat All-in-One Glow is much like a BB cream, and on days once I wish to have a lightweight look, that works out for me rather well. Forehead gel is a must have for giant, darkish eyebrows. I suppose amongst my followers I’m recognized for my spotlight, and getting it requires a bunch of various merchandise: a priming highlighter, a moist highlighter, a powder highlighter, and a special glitter highlighter excessive. If I ever made any form of product, it must be a highlighter. That’s the factor most individuals ask me about. And my eyelashes — I put on pretend lashes nearly each single day. I like the pharmacy ones, the Ardell Wispies. Outdated devoted. I in all probability have a field the scale of a tub at my home.
I by no means have any reasoning for why I do something with my hair. I normally get up someday and resolve I desire a change, after which I do no matter is best and essentially the most enjoyable and totally different. I made a decision on the brief blonde model once I was capturing seems to be for my album cycle — I wanted one thing I may decide to as a result of I must hold it once I shot the movies. It’s been the simplest model and the most effective one for me. There’s one thing cool about brief blonde hair as a result of you are able to do something with it. You possibly can colour it; you’ll be able to add a wig excessive. I like that form of clean slate.
I wish to imagine that ladies are consistently evolving. Some days I’m that lady who wakes up and desires to put on full glam with eyelashes and a spotlight, that full face. Different days I get up and I’m like, Nah. I placed on some Chapstick and go away the home. If you happen to met a kind of variations of me and also you made some assumptions about me, you wouldn’t know concerning the different model of me. If you happen to met me with no make-up, in my sweatpants, with my brief haircut, you may be like, ‘Aw, this lady could be very clearly a caricature and archetype of the fashionable feminist.’ If you happen to met me in a costume with my push-up bra and full face of make-up, you’d have one other mockery to make of me. To me, the basis of feminism, which frequently will get misinterpreted and miscommunicated, is about letting ladies do regardless of the fuck they wish to do. If which means shopping for make-up, it means shopping for make-up. If which means getting cosmetic surgery, it means getting cosmetic surgery. The purpose is to let me make these choices. Let me resolve if I wish to be one or the opposite.”
Vogue editor, Rajni Jacques. Hair: Lacy Redway. Make-up: Nina Park. Manicure: Rica Romain.
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