This Is Shakira’s No. 1 Beauty Secret

Colombian superstar Shakira looks, at age 42, easily ten to fifteen years younger. She really hasn’t changed much in appearance since her arrival in the United States in 1998 at age 20.

Shakira in 2000 at the Latin Grammy Awards ceremony
Shakira in 2000 at the Latin Grammy Awards ceremony | Scott Gries/ImageDirect

That kind of youthfulness and beauty doesn’t happen without effort.

Find out how the Hips Don’t Lie singer keeps herself looking so amazing and her No. 1 secret above all others.

Shakira does her own makeup – all the time

Shakira is surprisingly very un-divalike in that she insists on doing her own makeup, even for concerts, show appearances, almost any public appearance. It’s unusual and refreshing to see a celebrity that is low-key and laid-back in this way. She told InStyle in 2014 that she loves doing it on her own and shared her makeup philosophy.

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“Keep it simple. I usually wear a natural color on my lips and accent my eyes. I feel like the less makeup I use, the better I look. After so many years in front of the camera, sometimes, I think I look better now than 10 years ago when I wore so much! It’s important to let your own skin shine through.”

How Shakira would dress if it were up to her

Shakira can wear glamorous and elegant with the best of them, but at her core, she likes to keep her style relaxed.

The Whenever, Wherever singer spoke with Hello! in 2015 three months after the birth of her second child, Sasha, in January of that year.

“But right now I’m back in my jeans which is good news,” the former judge on NBC’s The Voice revealed. “But only from two weeks ago I got back in my jeans. Before it was quite sad, I couldn’t even get in past my knees.”

“If it was up to me I would just wear jeans and t-shirts, even to red carpets, but then no-one would photograph me so that would make me very sad. So you know, I’ve gotta keep up with the rest of the female population and sometimes try a little harder.”

Shakira’s top beauty secret

It’s pretty clear by this point that, for this artist, her beauty (and perhaps life’s) philosophy is keeping things simple and elegant. From her makeup to her wardrobe, her style is pretty but not overthinking it.

So her main beauty tip is, not surprisingly, also down-to-earth.

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“Wear sunscreen and smile!,” she said in her conversation with InStyle. “A good smile shows off confidence and that’s really the best makeup.”

“I take good care of my teeth and when I knew the campaign with Crest 3D White (Shakira has been a spokeswoman for the brand in the past) was around smiling and promoting smiling, I thought it was the perfect fit – it really goes with my life philosophy.”

“I’m such a smiler that sometimes photographers have to ask me to stop and give a more serious or sexy look!”

She’s not kidding about the sunscreen, by the way. Glam asked her in 2014 about the contents of her beach bag. Her answer?

“The highest SPF sunscreen I can find. I always avoid damage to my skin from the sun. . . I also use a vitamin C serum before applying makeup to nourish my skin, along with lots of moisturizer.”

She’s gorgeous and smart!

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