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Hayley Williams: I never felt beautiful

Hayley Williams wasn't inspired by make-up until she visited Japan.

The frontwoman of rock band Paramore says her lack of self-confidence was one of the reasons she never bothered with make-up.

However, she's now into cosmetics - so much so, she's developed Kiss-Off, short webisodes that are all about music and beauty.

Hayley, 26, can still remember the moment she looked at make-up in a new way.

“I never grew up thinking, ‘Oh, I’m beautiful.’ Maybe no one does, but I’ve never been someone who relied on my looks to do anything because that was never really something I thought I had to offer,” she admitted to WWD.

“By the time I came around and found make-up, I think we [Paramore] were in Japan and I really loved the way some of the girls looked coming out to the shows. I took some home and I started playing with it. My first eyeliner and eye colour was from Japan. I drew all over my eyes and did this weird cat thing on the inside corners and I realised I didn’t have to use make-up to fit in.”

Kiss-Off won't just feature Paramore, opening it up to other artists and their fans. It was important to Hayley that they get a wide range of musicians involved and find out all about their looks.

And it's a far cry from most online tutorials, too.

“[The show] isn’t about what colour looks good on your skin tone or how to make your lips look bigger or contour this or that,” she explained. “It’s about what do you like and how can you express that and find out what your look is by trying new things.”

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