Mary J. Blige: “Black Lipstick Was Armor For Me — But I’m Not Hiding Anymore”
But while the
brown lip that was so popular in the ’90s is doing a boomerang, it’s rare you’ll catch Blige herself in the dark lipstick she wore so often in the beginning of her career. “On the
What’s the 411? album, I was hiding. You couldn’t see my eyes, and I had a hat on. I always wanted to wear dark lipstick or anything that hid me — glasses, a hood, whatever it was. I never believed in my own beauty,” she tells
Refinery29 in an interview. “
Black lipstick was armor for me. Every time you’d see me, I had a lot of stuff on because I was hiding. I’m not hiding anymore.”