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Tiffany Haddish's Favorite Beauty Products — Interview – Allure

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The first time I felt like a beautiful woman, I was somewhere between 13 and 15. I was walking down the street with my backpack on, [after] getting off the school bus, headed home, and these guys were hanging out the windows whistling at me, “Mamacita!” I was like, Oh, wait, I’m cute! I’m a grown-ass woman. That was my first time realizing I might be sexy. I might have something going here.

At one of my first jobs, as an airline gate agent, every day people would say to me, “You look unique. Something about you.” Guys would try to buy me lunch and stuff. When I hit 25, I read a book by Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life. [It taught me] about self-love, about looking in the mirror, in your eyeballs.

I always look in the mirror anyway because I’m trying to study my face: When I cry, I look like this. When I laugh, I look like that. But this book was saying, just look into your eyeballs and tell yourself that you love and approve of yourself. The first time I did it, I cried really hard because I don’t think I really did love or approve of myself. And as I took on this practice and did it on a regular basis, it was like my life started to slowly change into what I thought I wanted. I really started to recognize my actual beauty and to slowly become confident. I had a certain level of confidence that was undeniable. And now, I’ve nurtured myself like I wish my mother would have all those years ago. I just turned 21 for the 19th time. One of my goals was always to walk into a room and project happiness, elevate the room within a 10-foot radius of where my body is — there’s joy and happiness around there.

So yes, my energy is beautiful. And I love my smile. I sucked my thumb for 18 years, [but] I think my smile looks pretty beautiful. My grandma used to always say, “Any real woman knows how to make herself presentable.” You always keep your hair back, always keep your nails done, always be clean. You don’t have to always wear makeup, but make sure your lips and face aren’t ashy. And that’s beauty. She used Nivea, that cream in the blue-and-white jar. And she always used Vaseline for her lips. You got to remember, my grandma was born in 1935. Nivea is the one thing [that] as soon as I smell it, I think of my grandma. She’d also do these mud masks. It’s funny, I was just talking to my auntie two days ago, and I was like, ‘Yeah, Grandma always wore those mud masks.’ She was like, ‘Girl, that was avocado.’ I thought it was mud!

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