It may be difficult to master Ciara’s dance moves, but the Level Up singer’s beauty routine is easy to learn. We’re talking one, two steps. “Life is very simple,” she told ESSENCE in a candid interview during Beauty Carnival. “There’s just no time to do a whole lot. I go for a quick little concealer under my eyes. I get the t-zone because it does help when you have bags in the morning. [I put] a little bit of bronzer around the perimeter and then a little lip gloss or lip liner, and then I hit it. I’m out the door.” 

There are some days, CiCi ditches makeup altogether, although it took her years to do so. “Years ago when I started being an entertainer, I’d rely on [makeup] to feel beautiful. I think we all can say when we get makeup, we feel [and] look like a different person. (Enters Sasha Fierce) I can’t rely on that. I wanted to work on really loving myself at the core of who I am when there’s no makeup. And thankfully my husband does. He tells me I’m beautiful when I’m super vulnerable that way.” 

It takes a lot of confidence to bare it all. Ciara admits it took her 15 years to feel confident without hair extensions. Fast forward to now, when she’s able to bask in her crown and glory.

“I do like when I get those 34 inches, but I don’t want to rely on this. Underneath it all, I still want to make sure I’m cool with myself and who I am. I feel like I’m in a really good place with understanding that and loving myself as I truly am.”

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