Turns out Issa Rae is a Drake stan just like the rest of us.

Eight things to know about writer and ac­tress Issa Rae.

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THE NEW FACE OF COVERGIRL IS ALL ABOUT... DRAKE. “My friends and I are go­ing to take a girls trip to Canada just to go to his res­tau­rant in the hopes that we’ll run into him.”

HER “GLOW UP” COMES FROM WITHIN. “It all comes from walk­ing in your pur­pose. When I started do­ing what I felt like I was truly sup­posed to be do­ing, all the other steps just nat­u­rally fell in or­der.”

SHE UN­DER­STANDS MAKEUP...NOW. “I wanted to [use makeup] but just didn’t know how. I didn’t re­ally feel pres­sured to get into it un­til col­lege be­cause then my friends were all look­ing so fly and I was like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to catch up!’ And I was thirsty [on the dat­ing scene] so I wanted to fig­ure out how to do that. At that time, it was very much DIY—pre-YouTube tu­to­ri­als—so it was just a mess!”

EYEBROWS CHANGE YOUR FACE. “They re­ally do mat­ter. There’s a photo of me and [ In­se­cure co-star] Jay El­lis from back in maybe 2013; some­one on the In­ter­net took that photo and put it side by side with a pic­ture from the Black Girls Rock event this year and the cap­tion was ‘Fresh­man year vs. se­nior year.’ [Laughs] And it’s true. In the fresh­man photo, I didn’t re­ally have eyebrows. I wasn’t fo­cus­ing on that. That wasn’t part of my DIY makeup rou­tine.” THAT HAS CHANGED, THOUGH, THANKS TO TV. “You look at your­self a lot when you’re edit­ing your­self [on film], so you start to see what fea­tures you like about your­self and what fea­tures you don’t. I fo­cus on the pos­i­tive and what I want to ac­cen­tu­ate about my­self. I’ve

learned to love makeup and use it as an ex­ten­sion of my new-found con­fi­dence.”

“My eyes. I like see­ing what Joanna Simkin [her makeup artist] does. She’s been in­stru­men­tal in help­ing me with my own jour­ney to makeup dis­cov­ery. [Laughs] I also love my cheek­bones. And I love to wear dif­fer­ent lip col­ours. For a long time, I’ve been hear­ing that dark-skinned girls can’t get away with cer­tain lip colours. To be able to dis­pel that myth is a per­sonal mis­sion.” IT FEELS GOOD TO BE A SPOKESMODEL FOR A

MEGA-BRAND. “It’s some­thing that I didn’t think I was ca­pa­ble of. I just didn’t! This wasn’t on the hori­zon for me. [Sign­ing the deal] felt huge—and val­i­dat­ing. It was a mo­ment when the in­te­rior con­fi­dence was val­i­dated by the ex­te­rior con­fi­dence. To be able to say, even comed­i­cally, ‘B*tch, I’m a CoverGirl.’ [Laughs] But, se­ri­ously, that’s just re­ally, re­ally dope to be able to say.”

SUC­CESS IS A JOUR­NEY. “It’s a con­stant move­ment of the tar­get for me. I set mul­ti­ple goals, and once I reach one of them, [the suc­cess] is short-lived: ‘Yes, I did it. Whoo!’ And then it’s on to the next thing. But I think that’s the ex­cit­ing part. It’s the con­fi­dence and the re­as­sur­ance you get in set­ting up tar­gets and knock­ing them out and striv­ing to­ward the next one. I think when I run out of tar­gets, when I run out of goals, then I’ll feel like, ‘Okay, I guess I’m done.’ But I don’t see that hap­pen­ing any­time soon.”

CoverGirl Vi­tal­ist Elixir Foun­da­tion in Tawny ($18) and Melt­ing Pout Gel Liq­uid Lip­stick in Gel-ful ($11). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

The glow­ing 33-yearold Rae stars in, writes and pro­duces her HBO show, In­se­cure, a hi­lar­i­ous (and poignant) look at the very messy mil­len­nial dat­ing scene.

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