We have to talk about Issa Rae’s red carpet style. Thanks to the Insecure star’s glam squad, her gowns are breathtaking, her natural hair slays and her makeup, well — her beauty is always on point. But some of Issa’s best style secrets don’t require a pro, just a few drugstore essentials.
Before she hits a red carpet, Issa gets her mind right. “I always play my music and walk around in a robe of some sort,” Issa told Coveteur. “Most times I’m naked underneath (sorry glam squad), so I feel like a canvas. I love knowing that I don’t have to think about sh*t but the songs I’m hearing and knowing that the squad will work their artistic magic to my delight.”
Then it’s time for the transformation to start. “With my makeup I like a more natural beat, and Joanna [Simkin] knows how to give me the natural, classy glow I love,” she said of her prep for the 2017 NAACP Image Awards. “And Felicia [Leatherwood] always improvises or comes up with an idea [for my hair] the day before based on the event. She came up with this look while she was in the shower and voila. Hair.”
Joanna even posted a pic on Instagram of the Burt’s Bees products she used for Issa. From Coveteur‘s behind-the-scenes pics, we also spied a Burt’s Bees Lipstick ($9), Tinted Lip Oil ($9) and two different shades of Lip Shine ($7), in addition to Cucumber & Sage Facial Cleansing Towelettes ($6), Sensitive Facial Towelettes With Cotton Extract ($6) Skin Nourishment Gentle Foaming Cleanser ($10), Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water ($13) and Intense Hydration Day Lotion ($18).
As for the final touch? “[The last thing I do before walking out the door is] look in the mirror, put on some lotion or oil and spray my favorite Serge Normant perfume.”
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(h/t Coveteur; photos via Jason LaVeris, Gregg DeGuire/Getty)