When I think of Becky G, I can’t help but feel a huge sense of pride. We’re both Mexican, born and raised in Los Angeles, and started our careers around the same time. I first met Becky in 2012 when she became a Covergirl ambassador, and can confirm that when it comes to beauty, the Inglewood native knows her stuff.
The singer believes makeup should be “used as a form of expression” and has done so since her elementary school days, when she wore “sequins and tutus” to class. his first crossover album, Esquemasgone on tour, starred in big movies like Power Rangersand launched her own makeup brand, TresLúce.
Next, the singer teamed up with Ipsy for the Glam Bag x Becky G. “What’s really exciting about IPSY is that it’s always been about community and how affordable it is,” she says. “For my community, I keep those things in mind all the time, and I think, for the price you pay and what you get, it’s amazing. It’s really great that there is so much education on the product, the formulation, the application and all kinds of things. That, for me as a makeup lover and geek, is it.
In honor of her latest collab, we caught up with Becky for CharmThe big questions of beauty. The triple threat spilled over Mexican pride, the beauty product she used to steal from her mother, and how her boyfriend was her test model for eyebrow products.
Charm: What beauty trend are you currently passionate about?
Becky G: I love the reverse color smoky eye. I’ve done this several times with our gel pencils. I feel like it’s a way to keep the top of the eye, the lid, really clean and smooth. I love me a traditional black cat eye, feline, you know a mermaid type eyeliner, but that subtle, smoky pop of color that diffuses across the lower waterline and pulls it down, I think it suits him gives a nice little pop of fun personality on the face. It’s one of my essentials for the parades, to match my lining to my outfits. In fact, I did it on my last shows while I was away.
Which beauty rule do you think is BS?
I think we broke a lot of rules, and that excites me. I’ve always joked about coloring outside the lines, which inspired me for our glam bag: doing things your way, not the way society has conditioned us to think we have to. Makeup is for everyone; it’s not gender-exclusive. Makeup is not for a specific age. Like I said, it’s a form of expression, and I think the artist in me knows we’re all entitled to that creative right to do whatever our heart desires. Creating this art on your face, there is nothing more badass than that. I like the idea of coloring outside the lines; it’s a rule that should be broken all the time.
Do you remember the first beauty product you used?
My mother had a pencil that she used on her lips and also on her eyes. I’m almost 100% sure they were liners bought from those little fashion stores that sell t-shirts for a dollar, two dollars. It was a darker understudy, and that was it for me. I felt like I could conquer the world. I certainly didn’t know what I was doing, but that liner was crap. And it’s funny because I look at our TresLúce gel pencils, and they’re actually formulated to be used all over the face. I’ve used them on my lips, I’ve used them to do graphic liners on my eyes, you can use them on the line underwater. ‘Cause I remember that shit kinda burned putting it on my eyes, which is so funny back then, it definitely wasn’t meant to be there. But now we make things the right way and we create them to have that versatility to use them the way your heart desires.
Fill in the holes. I like my hair when ___.
I love my hair when it’s in its natural wavy state. I have a wave and curl pattern that I haven’t necessarily taken care of because I’ve always thought straightening my hair was the way to go. We all go through this phase, don’t we? My mother had very wavy and curly hair in high school, unlike my grandmother. So she didn’t teach my mom how to take care of her curls. So I was not taught to take care of my natural wave pattern. But actually, Julissa from Rizos Curls, we did a TresLúce collaboration video where she brings my natural hair in full fluff and full wave and it’s so cute. It’s my favorite way to do my hair, especially when I have my days off. It’s nourishing. Give him all the good stuff.
I feel more beautiful when ____.
I feel more beautiful when I practice self-care. I think maybe that’s what society considered to be a very ugly thing, and that was crying. Being in this very vulnerable state for me is like practicing self-care or doing things like silly face masks. Treat yourself to an at-home facial, bubble baths, reading a book. All of these things make me feel good about myself, which is such a beautiful thing to experience. Especially as Latin women we do so much for so many people around us that the moment I realize [it, I] I’m like, “What have I done for me?” So I feel more beautiful when I practice self-care.
You are constantly traveling. Which city or country gives you the most beauty inspiration?
I would of course say Mexico. It’s between LA and Mexico. It’s funny because I always remind everyone that California used to be Mexico. Like, everything in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, San Pedro, like, everything is in Spanish. That’s why kids like me, second, third, even fourth generation Chicanos, we’re all like, ask what we are – and we’re Mexican. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. And I just think there’s so many things in our culture that have inspired beauty and fashion trends and helped evolve other cultures and other things and inspired just beyond that that we really are in our hearts, which for me is the most exciting thing because it just reminds us that there are no limits. So I would definitely say LA and Mexico.
If you could only use three products for the rest of your life, what are they and why?
I would say that I was really obsessed with blush. There are two shades that I love among our blushes. The formula feels like a wet formula, like a cream too; it’s almost like a Play-Doh. They’re called the Ready to Bounce Blushes, and the shades I love are Date Night and Out the Door. I just, like, pack on the blush; it makes me feel so alive and brings that youthfulness, that cheekiness to the face. I have cute big cheeks, so when I smile I like that they look alive in a way. I would also say that I am an eyelash girl. Whether it’s a mascara or a false eyelash, the style we have – it’s called Sensual – has been one of my favorites lately. I feel like it’s also an eye opener. I also like to fill in my brows, any brow product that makes them fluffier or laminated in a way.
Do you prefer pencil or gel?
In fact, we’ve only just gotten into the eyebrow category! Our brow gel is fire. It’s like a gel; it gives that laminated finish, which I love. It really holds them in place. I even use the brow gel without anything else because I can manipulate my hairs to go where they need to go to make my brows fuller. But when I want a full moment, I usually lean towards the pencil. The reason we made ours double ended is because I used to use two different types of pencils to achieve my brow look and I was like, it would be so much easier if we just put these two types of eyebrow pencils in one. So on one side it’s a micro tip that lets you do those super fine hair-like strokes, and on the other side it’s a triangular teardrop shape that covers more ground on the face so you can really fill in the blanks where you have more gaps.
Are there any beauty routines you and your boyfriend do together?
Everyone jokes that guys can use one product for everything, their hair, their body, their face – it’s so simple for them – but my man actually has such a good skincare routine. I’m so proud of it. He has the best eyebrows ever. He was actually my test model for our brow gel. He likes that! He carries it in his pre-game bag. For every game he has certain products he takes, so after his shower he has his little TresLúce eyebrow gel. He does not leave the house without SPF.
What does he use?
There’s a beauty salon we used to go to all the time when he lived in LA, BeautyLounge Med Spa, and they have a tinted SPF that’s so good and he loves it. This is the medium shade they wear; it’s really good. Murad has a very good SPF, the mattifying one. Now that he lives in Texas and it’s humid there, he uses this one which is a bit more mattifying just because it helps with the oil that builds up when you sweat a lot.
Originally appeared on Glamor