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Cana­dian songstress Kiesza shares her favourite beauty tips and se­crets.

While Kiesza may be best known for the pow­er­ful melodies on her 2014 hit sin­gle “Hide­away,” the 28-year-old singer-song­writer also har­bours a not-so-se­cret pas­sion for beauty. In fact, Kiesza (who was born Kiesa Rae Ellestad in Cal­gary) re­cently launched a makeup col­lab­o­ra­tion with MAC. As it turns out, 2017 ap­pears to be the year of Kiesza, who un­veiled her sin­gle “Dearly Beloved” in Jan­uary and has a sopho­more al­bum on the way. With her vo­lu­mi­nous auburn curls and flaw­less porce­lain com­plex­ion, the star is also a Cana­dian beauty in her own right. Real Style caught up with the vi­brant and en­er­getic Kiesza about her new makeup line, signature beauty look and top sk­in­care se­crets.

Tell us about your Kiesza x MAC col­lec­tion.

Kiesza: I cre­ated what I feel like is a com­plete look. I think eye­brows, eyes and lips are the full look. I de­signed the new lip colour with MAC, and then the eye­brow and liner are prod­ucts that I use and feel are won­der­ful. “Dearly Beloved” is the matte lip­stick, and it’s a lighter shade. The back­story is I got re­ally ob­sessed with brown tones, and it was sort of aligned with MAC ap­proach­ing me for a col­lab­o­ra­tion. When they asked what kinds of colours I was ex­cited about, I men­tioned that I would love to ex­plore the brown shades. I re­ally wanted to cre­ate a brown lip­stick that has sort of a rose base to it. A lot of the browns that I had or was find­ing had a more yel­low base—when they wore off, they wore off with a yel­low tone. For me, I want some­thing that’s re­ally prac­ti­cal. Also, I re­ally wanted to in­clude ev­ery­one, and make a shade that would work on as many skin tones as pos­si­ble.

You sure hav e a busy sched­ule! Do you hav e any tricks for al-day , lon­glast­ing makeup?

Kiesza: I al­ways find the first place for [lip­stick] to come off is in­side the lip, be­cause you’re touch­ing your tongue. I al­ways dab it dry be­fore I put the lip­stick on, and then I might even fan it a lit­tle and let it dry. Then I reap­ply on top of that, and I find it stays on. Take that ex­tra time when you’re ap­ply­ing it; maybe one ex­tra layer.

You’re known for your gorgeous red hair and fair com­plex­ion. Do you hav e a sig­nat ure beauty look?

Kiesza: I al­ways like a dark, thick mas­cara. MAC In Ex­treme Di­men­sion 3D Black Lash is the one that I use. It’s re­ally great be­cause you can layer it. My MAC liner is the only liner that stays on for me. Brows are a day to day thing. Some­times I’ll make my brows darker, and some­times I’ll make my brows lighter or shape them dif­fer­ently. I have a lot of dif­fer­ent brow prod­ucts. With lips, I’m ei­ther go­ing com­pletely bold and I’m ex­plor­ing vi­brant shades of neons, or I have my go-tos.

Who is a beauty icon for you?

Kiesza: Au­drey Hep­burn. I love el­e­gance with makeup, so I’ve al­ways been in­spired by her. That’s where I got the winged eye in­spi­ra­tion.

What are your best kept sk­in­care se­crets?

Kiesza: Tak­ing enough time to prep your skin is re­ally im­por­tant. Ex­fo­li­at­ing—not over­do­ing it, but mak­ing sure you ex­fo­li­ate your skin and put a nice mois­tur­izer on. [Es­pe­cially] if you’re go­ing to put on foun­da­tion. It just makes all the dif­fer­ence! If you don’t and the weather is dry, I find it just flakes off and can look chalky. Your skin is your can­vas, so it’s re­ally im­por­tant for it to stay healthy, and to take care of your skin.

Kiesza X MAC Col­lec­tion Big Brow Pen­cil In Cork $21, MAC Cos­met­ics

Kiesza X MAC Col­lec­tion Lip­stick In Dearly Beloved $17, MAC Cos­met­ics

Kiesza X MAC Col­lec­tion Vam­plify In Thun­derkiss $20, MAC Cos­met­ics

Kiesza X MAC Col­lec­tion Liq­uid­last Liner In Point Black $21, MAC Cos­met­ics

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