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Chlöe Shares Her Go-To Tips For How To Get Juicy Kissable Lips

Her lips stay poppin'. Here's the 411 to her beauty routine.

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It's been a little over two weeks since Chloe Bailey, aka Chlöe, snatched our wigs and released her debut solo single, "Have Mercy." From the music and visuals, to the way she and her sister Halle support each other, we can't get enough. And this week, our good sis taught us a couple more things when she appeared on Vogue's Beauty Secrets. There, she gave us all the details to what she calls "Glowy Chlöe," her on-the-go everyday skincare and makeup look.


In the video, she detailed her routine, products, and beauty secrets. Now, we know that sometimes watching makeup tutorials can be kind of overwhelming, so we've recapped it all so you can give it a try.

Let's start with skincare.

Although her face was already clean she used Neutrogena's Skin Balancing Micellar Cleansing Cloths to remove any unseen residue.

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Then, she massaged her face with a roller and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum to help her "baby cheeks" transform into the "snatched" look she desires. She gives Vogue an insider tip, saying:

"You always wanna go up [regarding the direction of the face roller]. Because we don't want sagging skin ladies."

Also, when she has a bit of extra time or she is getting glammed up, Chlöe takes a few moments to hold ice cubes under her eyes. This can help reduce puffiness and swelling. With a smile, she says:

"It's like a little subtle difference but I notice it and I feel so much better and confident."

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Finally, she applies sunscreen and rosewater spray by Mario Badescu. And just like that, the skin is glowing and moisturized. She tells Vogue,

"I really love not overcomplicating my skincare routine because I have very sensitive skin. If I do too much I break out, if I'm stressed, I break out. So, I like to keep it to a minimum."

Same sis, same.

"I think it's really important to have time for yourself, where you take care of yourself and your skin and your body. And as I'm 23 right now I'm learning that it is OK to not work so much and take that time into me."

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Now, onto makeup.

She starts the next part of her routine with a really important element, brows. With an Anastasia Beverly Hills pencil and a Benefit pencil, she lightly fills them in, using concealer and brow gel to perfect the shape.

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Staying in the same area, she lines her eyes with a brown (to stand out more) eye pencil by Pat McGrath, before covering her face in Fenty Skin Tint, a product she seems to prefer over foundation.

Next, the "Have Mercy" singer gets real friendly with the concealer. She uses it under her eyes, above her lip, and the bridge of her nose with the help of her Beauty Blender and a spritz of rosewater to blend it out.

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Later, she moves to the contour, which is still Fenty, by the way!

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And Chlöe sets it with a powder bronzer before moving on to blush, highlighter, and lips. She says:

"I love to use the same blush and bronzer on my eyes and cheeks, especially when I travel and I don't have space to pack too much makeup."

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Finally, we move on to the part I was most interested in, because her lip gloss is always poppin', and apparently that's on purpose. She says:

"My favorite part is the lips, gotta have a nice juicy kissable lip. I'm learning to do a matte lip instead of a gloss because I like to kiss the mic a lot when I sing."

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To get the ideal lip, she uses a lip scrub, cherry lip balm by Dior, a KKW lip pencil, and Fenty lip gloss. She finishes the look by blending it with translucent powder and more sunscreen of course.

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Almost done, but we can't finish until we wrap our hair.

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Now, you might have thought that was the last step, but as we know Chlöe is the full package. And that means she takes care of everything, and that includes her hair. Before finishing her routine, she adds the final touches to her hair by using Pattern Argan Oil.

"It's pretty simple and easy and I think that's why I really love having locs. It [the color] feels like my alter ego in a way and I feel like it brings out my skin."

After watching this video, there were definitely a few products I wanted to buy and techniques I wanted to try! To watch the full video and do the same, check it out here.

Chlöe's Beauty Guide, From Sculpting Skin Care to Full Eyebrows | Beauty Secrets | Vogue

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You may not know her by Elisabeth Ovesen – writer and host of the love, sex and relationships advice podcast Asking for a Friend. But you definitely know her other alter ego, Karrine Steffans, the New York Times best-selling author who lit up the literary and entertainment world when she released what she called a “tell some” memoir, Confessions of a Video Vixen.

Her 2005 barn-burning book gave an inside look at the seemingly glamorous world of being a video vixen in the ‘90s and early 2000s, and exposed the industry’s culture of abuse, intimidation, and misogyny years before the Me Too Movement hit the mainstream. Her follow-up books, The Vixen Diaries (2007) and The Vixen Manual: How To Find, Seduce And Keep The Man You Want (2009) all topped the New York Times best-seller list. After a long social media break, she's back. xoNecole caught up with Ovesen about the impact of her groundbreaking book, what life is like for her now, and why she was never “before her time”– everyone else was just late to the revolution.

xoNecole: Tell me about your new podcast Asking for a Friend with Elisabeth Ovesen and how that came about.

Elisabeth Ovesen: I have a friend who is over [at Blavity] and he just asked me if I wanted to do something with him. And that's just kinda how it happened. It wasn't like some big master plan. Somebody over there was like, “Hey, we need content. We want to do this podcast. Can you do it?” And I was like, “Sure.” And that's that. That was around the holidays and so we started working on it.

xoNecole: Your life and work seem incredibly different from when you first broke out on the scene. Can you talk a bit about the change in your career and how your life is now?

EO: Not that different. I mean my life is very different, of course, but my work isn't really that different. My life is different, of course, because I'm 43. My career started when I was in my 20s, so we're looking at almost 20 years since the beginning of my career. So, naturally life has changed a lot since then.

I don’t think my career has changed a whole lot – not as far as my writing is concerned, and my stream of consciousness with my writing, and my concerns and the subject matter hasn’t changed much. I've always written about interpersonal relationships, sexual shame, male ego fragility, respectability politics – things like that. I always put myself in the center of that to make those points, which I think were greatly missed when I first started writing. I think that society has changed quite a bit. People are more aware. People tell me a lot that I have always been “before my time.” I was writing about things before other people were talking about that; I was concerned about things before my generation seemed to be concerned about things. I wasn't “before my time.” I think it just seems that way to people who are late to the revolution, you know what I mean?

I retired from publishing in 2015, which was always the plan to do 10 years and retire. I was retired from my pen name and just from the business in general in 2015, I could focus on my business, my education and other things, my family. I came back to writing in 2020 over at Medium. The same friend that got me into the podcast, actually as the vice president of content over at Medium and was like, “Hey, we need some content.” I guess I’m his go-to content creator.

xoNecole: Can you expound on why you went back to your birth name versus your stage name?

EO: No, it was nothing to expound upon. I mean, writers have pen names. That’s like asking Diddy, why did he go by Sean? I didn't go back. I've always used that. Nobody was paying attention. I've never not been myself. Karrine Steffans wrote a certain kind of book for a certain kind of audience. She was invented for the urban audience, particularly. She was never meant to live more than 10 years. I have other pen names as well. I write under several names. So, the other ones are just nobody's business right now. Different pen names write different things. And Elisabeth isn’t my real name either. So you'll never know who I really am and you’ll never know what my real name is, because part of being a writer is, for me at least, keeping some sort of anonymity. Anything I do in entertainment is going to amass quite a bit because who I am as a person in my private life isn't the same a lot of times as who I am publicly.

xoNecole: I want to go back to when you published Confessions of a Video Vixen. We are now in this time where people are reevaluating how the media mistreated women in the spotlight in the 2000s, namely women like Britney Spears. So I’d be interested to hear how you feel about that period of your life and how you were treated by the media?

EO: What I said earlier. I think that much of society has evolved quite a bit. When you look back at that time, it was actually shocking how old-fashioned the thinking still was. How women were still treated and how they're still treated now. I mean, it hasn't changed completely. I think that especially for the audience, I think it was shocking for them to see a woman – a woman of color – not be sexually ashamed.

I hate being like other people. I don't want to do what anyone else is doing. I can't conform. I will not conform. I think in 2005 when Confessions was published, that attitude, especially about sex, was very upsetting. Number one, it was upsetting to the men, especially within urban and hip-hop culture, which is built on misogyny and thrives off of it to this day. And the women who protect these men, I think, you know, addressing a demographic that is rooted in trauma that is rooted in sexual shame, trauma, slavery of all kinds, including slavery of the mind – I think it triggered a lot of people to see a Black woman be free in this way.

I think it said a lot about the people who were upset by it. And then there were some in “crossover media,” a lot of white folks were upset too, not gonna lie. But to see it from Black women – Tyra Banks was really upset [when she interviewed me about Confessions in 2005]. Oprah wasn't mad [when she interviewed me]. As long as Oprah wasn’t mad, I was good. I didn't care what anybody else had to say. Oprah was amazing. So, watching Black women defend men, and Black women who had a platform, defend the sexual blackmailing of men: “If you don't do this with me, you won't get this job”; “If you don't do this in my trailer, you're going to have to leave the set”– these are things that I dealt with.

I just happened to be the kind of woman who, because I was a single mother raising my child all by myself and never got any help at all – which I still don't. Like, I'm 24 in college – not a cheap college either – one of the best colleges in the country, and I'm still taking care of him all by myself as a 21-year-old, 20-year-old, young, single mother with no family and no support – I wasn’t about to say no to something that could help me feed my son for a month or two or three.

xoNecole: We are in this post-Me Too climate where women in Hollywood have come forward to talk about the powerful men who have abused them. In the music industry in particular, it seems nearly impossible for any substantive change or movement to take place within music. It's only now after three decades of allegations that R. Kelly has finally been convicted and other men like Russell Simmons continue to roam free despite the multiple allegations against him. Why do you think it's hard for the music industry to face its reckoning?

EO: That's not the music industry, that's urban music. That’s just Black folks who make music and nobody cares about that. That's the thing; nobody cares...Nobody cares. It's not the music industry. It's just an "urban" thing. And when I say "urban," I say that in quotations. Literally, it’s a Black thing, where nobody gives a shit what Black people do to Black people. And Russell didn't go on unchecked, he just had enough money to keep it quiet. But you know, anytime you're dealing with Black women being disrespected, especially by Black men, nobody gives a shit.

And Black people don't police themselves so it doesn't matter. Why should anybody care? And Black women don't care. They'll buy an R. Kelly album right now. They’ll stream that shit right now. They don’t care. So, nobody cares. Nobody cares. And if you're not going to police yourself, then nobody's ever going to care.

xoNecole: Do you have any regrets about anything you wrote or perhaps something you may have omitted?

EO: Absolutely not. No. There's nothing that I wish I would've gone back and said to myself, no. I don’t think at 20-something years old, I'm supposed to understand every little thing. I don't think the 20-something-year-old woman is supposed to understand the world and know exactly what she's doing. I think that one of my biggest regrets, which isn't my regret, but a regret, is that I didn't have better parents. Because a 20-something only knows what she knows based on what she’s seen and what she’s been taught and what she’s told. I had shitty parents and a horrible family. Just terrible. These people had no business having children. None of them. And a lot of our families are like that. And we may pass down those familial curses.

*This interview has been edited and condensed

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