Normani on treating acne-prone skin and perfecting ’90s-inspired makeup

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“I really like being able to spend time with myself doing my skincare,” Normani says. “My skincare routine, as well as my hair, are really important moments for me and intimate moments that I share with myself.” Medical-grade products and prescriptions from her dermatologist have been a game-changer for her acne-prone skin, but she supplements them with a daily routine. It starts with a creamy cleanser and 111Hydrating Skin Mask that she massages with a face roller– maneuvering in an upward motion according to the advice she received from her mother. Next, she applies a pair of iS Clinical serums, one at a time. fight hyperpigmentation and the other for the ultimate glowfollowed by a restorative moisturizer and sunscreen.

When it comes to makeup, Normani loves the ’90s look inspired by Nia Long, Toni Braxton, and Mary J. Blige. “My eyebrows are probably my favorite feature,” the 26-year-old notes, not least because they remind her of her father. “I grew up watching my mom do her hair and makeup, and I wanted to be like her, so I think that’s where this fascination and love for makeup and hair comes from,” she says in correcting colors. “My mom and dad are everything to me. They are my purpose, my why. After grooming her brows with an Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow pen and waxshe creates a subtle smokey eye with a liquid liner and a Fenty Beauty Palettethen move on to concealer and contour.

“I really feel like because my parents instilled in me the things that make me unique and the fact that I don’t have to look like everyone else — that really encouraged me,” Normani continues. Now she wants to encourage and uplift the younger generation of little girls in everything she does, whether it’s making a fashion statement or leaning into vibrant makeup. For foundation, she blends two shades of The Dior Backstage formula, offering advice: “Only use foundation on areas you haven’t contoured yet.” Her complexion is set with a mac powder and rusty orange blush. A layer of mascara on her lower lashes, a touch of liquid liner to reveal her mole, and Sol de JaneiroThe shimmering body oil adds the finishing touch.

But what really ties it all together? The perfect 90s lip, created with an ombré pencil and a matte lipstick by Rokael Beauty, then the buzzy one by Dior lip oil which she also blends on her eyelids. With a bun, Normani reveals her final look. “I feel cute,” she muses. “I’m about to go find someone’s sexy son.”

iS Clinical Cleansing Cream

111Skin Sub-Zero Anti-Puffiness Energy Mask Box

iS Clinical Pro-Heal Advance+ Serum

iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum

iS Clinical Repairing Moisturizing Emulsion

Lumify Anti-Redness Eye Drops

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Pen



Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze Styling Wax



MAC Studio Fix Conceal & Correct Palette

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder

Dior Backstage face and body foundation

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Contour Skin Stick

Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Face + Eye Bronzer & Highlighter Palette

KVD Beauty Tattoo Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat All-Over Illuminating Pen

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara Yves Saint Laurent

Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions Glowing Body Oil

Stainless Steel Face Roller Bag

Director: Gabrielle Reich
Director of photography: Matt Krueger
Publisher: Tajah Smith
Associate producer: Qieara Lesesne
Production Manager: Kit Fogarty
Production Coordinator: Ava Kashar
Talent Bookers: Phoebe Feinberg, Sergio Kletnoy
Post-production supervisor: Marco Glinbizzi
Post-production coordinator: Andrea Farr
Assistant editor-in-chief: Diego Rentsch
Filmed at: Thompson Hollywood

Patricia J. Callender