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Ellie Goulding: 'I applied lipstick to my cheeks when I couldn't afford proper makeup'

Published 31/12/2015

Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding considers herself to be somewhat of an expert when it comes to applying mascara.

Singer Ellie Goulding went through bizarre makeup phases in her youth, especially during her years at university.

The 29-year-old has become a style icon and she just released an 18-piece collaborative makeup line with M.A.C. Cosmetics, and when it comes painting her face, she has always been creative.

"When I was at university and couldn't afford any makeup, I just had mascara and lipstick," she told Elle.com. "I would use the lipstick on my mouth, cheeks, and eyes—but I obviously hadn't discovered a lot yet."

Over the years Ellie has become confident in the beauty choices she makes, but as a younger woman the star often felt uncomfortable with her looks.

"It's taken time to see what works for me," she explained. "When I first started in music, I didn't have a clue. I was hard on myself for not knowing what to wear or what kind of makeup I wanted. I was still very naïve and thought I had to look a certain way to be noticed.

"This sounds like a cliché, but I really have discovered the power of confidence. My face hasn't changed, but I look different in photos now because I'm happy. I have a bit more acceptance and love for myself, and that's really helped. A couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend (Dougie Poynter, of British band McBusted) and I went out to dinner, and I didn't wear makeup. I didn't feel insecure, which is interesting because that wouldn't have been the case when I was younger."

Nowadays Ellie considers herself to be somewhat of a mascara and eyelash expert.

She has crafted an unfailing method for enhancing the eyes with makeup and accessories.

"I'm always teaching people how to put individual lashes on," she said. "I don't use tweezers, because it's easier with the fingers. The trick is to place them at a bit of an angle—don't lay them down flat on your lash line—so that they flare out to the sides. And don't use too much glue. I apply mascara first, because it gives the lashes something to stick to. And then after they're dry, I add a tiny bit more mascara, just on the ends—otherwise it can get messy."

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