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Lorde: Bargain make-up was my thing

Lorde experimented with bright eye shadow and lipstick before she found her signature look.

The New Zealand born singer, real name Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, topped charts worldwide with her first single Royals and is known for favouring liquid eyeliner and a dark lipstick. She might have her signature look down now, but the 17-year-old wasn't always so set in her ways.

"I used to buy make-up from pound stores and experiment with crazy pink lipsticks, blue and yellow eyeshadows and glitter," she recalled to the British edition of InStyle magazine.

"I've gradually honed the look to a strong liquid eyeliner and a signature dark lip."

As she was growing up, the teen didn't have much access to high-end clothes. Instead, she'd root around thrift stores for a new look.

"I was always the one trying to find crazy stuff to wear," she laughed.

"I'd buy little dresses and cut them into skirts, trim collars off things and sew them onto my school uniform. My family was like, 'Oh that's just Ella, doing her own thing,' but a lot of kids at school thought I was pretty weird."

Royals, taken from Lorde's debut album Pure Heroine, went to number one in the US, UK and her home country New Zealand, along with many other places in the world. To mark the occasion, she treated herself to some luxe fashion.

"When Royals went to number one, I was in New York," she remembered. "To celebrate, I went out and bought a really beautiful, structured Acne Studios leather jacket with a velvet lining and collar. I just had to splash out."

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