The singer-songwriter-choreographer Teyana Taylor isn’t letting a pandemic slow down the release of her third studio album, called simply “The Album,” which is out this month). Ms. Taylor, 29, isn’t piling on cosmetics during these difficult times. Instead she’s taking a more relaxed approach to beauty. Find out how she’s doing it.
What happens before bed has a big effect on what happens in the morning. Before bed, I wash my face with black soap and tea tree oil, and then, after my face is squeaky clean, I do a coffee scrub. You can do a regular coffee scrub or one mixed with coconut oil. I do the scrub maybe two to three times a week. Either scrub you pick, it leaves a slightly oily residue that feels really good.
Then I use either 99 or 100 percent aloe vera gel to tone it down. Sometimes you get a little redness after the scrub, and this takes it right away. I let that dry for three to four minutes, and then I apply my coconut oil. I also love vitamin E oil or shea butter.
When you sleep, your skin is creating new cells. I feel like the coconut oil is just baking into my skin, and when I wake up, it feels and looks amazing. That’s a good night’s rest right there.
All of these products are from Whole Foods, and I’m not partial to any specific brand. You can go to CVS. I get vitamin E oil from Walgreens.
I love my skin. I’m not even going to front. I make my own concoctions by mixing ingredients I like all up in one moisturizer. I learned this from my mom and my aunt — we’re Trinidadian. My aunt and I used to make customized shea butter concoctions when I was younger. This way of looking at beauty is instilled in me.
We’re in a pandemic. If you run out of your favorite cream or product, you can always look around in your cabinets for coconut oil or olive oil and other natural remedies that are great for your skin.
The New Zoom Makeup
There are two types of people during this pandemic. You have women who really feel like they need to put on a face full of makeup to feel cute. I support it. But for me personally, I’m going to throw on this wig. I’m not going to glue it all the way down for this Zoom call, but it’ll be on.
I always make sure I have on a good brow, good lip liner and a good lip gloss. And I have a trick with my brows that shows a little goes a long way. I see all these women with completely filled in brows. You don’t need to do so much. You can use technique. I use a matte brow pencil, and I draw a line on the bottom of my brows, and then I use a spoolie and brush the line up into my brows.
My videos are a collaboration with everyone who works with me. I’m very hands on. With my makeup artist on “Bare Wit Me,” we were going for a ’20s and ’30s makeup look. That era, there was a lot of power in the eyes and lips. The eyebrows are a little thin for me, but I like the idea of a good lip defining the look.
Oh my God, my nails look so bad right now. They’re so bad, I’m at the point where if I see my daughter Junie’s kiddie nail polishes lying around, I just pick them up and use them. My nails are yellow, green, pink, purple — all on different nails. I’m going through a nail struggle!
In the beginning of the pandemic, I was throwing on wigs. I was locked in the studio and didn’t have time to consider what to do with my hair. Now I’m really big on my Buddha wraps — no wigs, no nothing. I’m just putting on these fabrics to create these beautiful African-style wraps. There’s something very regal about them, and it’s another way to feel beautiful without resorting to a lot of artificial stuff.
For shampoo and conditioner, I’ve been using a lot of Carol’s Daughter. And I do love leave-in conditioner. It could be just a lot of different oils — back to my coconut oil again! But honestly, it’s really whatever is around.
I’m a fragrance mixer. I’m currently using a lot of different things. I love Baccarat Rouge 540. I love Tom Ford Oud Wood. I’m a wood and spice kind of girl, and then I layer in the Baccarat, which has a little sweetness. By the time I’ve mixed about four different perfumes, and that’s mixing with all the body oils I have on, I have my own scent.
People often ask: What are you wearing? I’m very open to sharing my secrets, but it’s layers here. It’s something I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older. It’s all about the layers in how you smell.
Dance It Off
My main form of exercise is dance. I can dance for hours. Take my latest video, “Bare Wit Me,” for example. Look at the choreography. We practiced that for weeks — straight dancing, practice, working all parts of the body. That’s what I am into, and it works for my body type and toning.
Letting Go With Diet
My diet is all over the place, let me tell you. I love to eat, but up until Covid-19, I had always been on the go. So now, when I am not ordering takeout, I try and keep the meals I cook at home simple. We do big grocery runs to Costco and BJ’s so we have enough food to last for weeks. Of course, I stock up on all the things I shouldn’t, too — noodles, snacks and all that.
When I am cooking, though, I love to make pasta. I make this Cajun pasta that hits every time. Otherwise, it’s chicken, fried chicken wingettes, add some rice or sides, some veggies, and I keep it moving.