Say hello to Unfiltered, a fresh, new beauty series where you’ll get an exclusive glimpse into the dressed-down beauty routines of our favourite celebrities. They’ll reveal their guilty-pleasure beauty practises, the five-minute-routine product lineup they can’t live without, the one good-skin tip they’ll be forever thankful for and so much more. To bring every conversation full circle, we ask each celebrity to send us a selection of self-shot, filter-free photos of their choosing to capture the essence of their Unfiltered beauty philosophy.
Up next, we’re talking to the incredible Mahalia, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter. Ahead, she’s answering all of our skincare questions and sharing her beauty journey with us. Enjoy!
Are there any other people whose beauty looks particularly inspire you, and where do you look for personal beauty and fashion inspiration?
One of my favourite makeup artists is Nikki Makeup. I love her. She’s someone that I would just love to sit in a chair with and let her do whatever she wanted. I think that her makeup looks are really inspiring, and I have a lot of her pictures as refs. With all inspo for stage, makeup, hair and styling, I definitely look to Pinterest. For styling, Rihanna has always been at the top of my list. I just think she’s great. I think she’s quite daring, and she is definitely somebody who never lets clothes wear her. Rhianna is a massive style inspiration to me, and so is SZA—I think she’s really cool. One minute she’ll be in a tiny little dress looking like an absolute sex goddess, and then the next minute she’ll be in a tracksuit and T-shirt looking preppy. I just love that versatility in styling. But on Pinterest, sometimes it will be people I don’t even know—models or influencers that are just posting fashion stuff, and I think that’s the really cool thing about Pinterest. Sometimes the people you’re looking at are unknown, but they’ve done something really special with their makeup or hair. I think it’s kind of a whole world in itself.
Wellness and beauty are so intertwined. Do you have any wellness practices or supplements that help to give you a boost both mentally and physically?
I do this thing called stream of consciousness. I’ve done it already this morning, and it’s about three pages of writing. When I first heard about it, I found it quite confusing because I thought that writing was going to be more of a journal, but this approach actually clears space in your mind. I really love it—it helps me start my day, and it’s quite interesting reading it back too because it really gets your feelings onto paper.
Meditation was also a huge one for me in the first lockdown. I downloaded the Calm app, and I’ve not let it go since. Whenever I want to meditate in the day, I put it on, and then I have it on most nights. If I’m not with my boyfriend, who cannot stand any sound at night [laughing], then I’ll put on a sleep story or a sleep meditation, which I really love, and I think it has helped me to stay quite calm in this time.
Oh, and incense. Smells are a massive thing for me because I think smell and space and feng shui all kind of add in to how you feel, and I’ve really realised that. I definitely feel like I’m adulting now, which is nice [laughs].
Finally, what’s your Unfiltered beauty philosophy?
God, that’s hard! [Laughing.] I’m going to try and condense this, but I think maybe as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realised that—and I don’t want this to sound too cliché—but I’ve realised that the better I feel inside, the more it shines. And I kind of realise that the happier I am, the more that people will come up to me and say you look lovely. And I don’t know how to put that into a few words, but beauty definitely shines from within. That’s how I feel for sure.
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