As we celebrate Zendaya’s birthday on September 1st, it’s easy to see that the Euphoria actress is a Virgo in every way. An intelligent overachiever whose perfectionism is both a blessing and a curse, Zendaya has become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood with her performances in TV, film, and music - all at the young age of 24.
And that’s just Zendaya’s career we’re talking about… there are so many things we could say about her minimal makeup style and beauty routine. “Zendaya without makeup” is one of the top searches on Google, which makes sense, as she’s totally gorgeous with or without it. But she’s also a beauty aficionado who has been watching makeup tutorials since childhood, experiments with different looks, and has been known to do her own makeup on the red carpet. Yes, really.
Zendaya’s collaborations with Lancôme and Covergirl have given us a glimpse into her celebrity makeup style, but she’s also extremely open with fans about her beauty tips and top products - sharing them on her blog or with Allure, and telling anybody who will listen about how Aquaphor creams are the best thing ever. Which they definitely are. Her fresh-faced vibe is the best when she owns it on the street in paparazzi photos, and she’s been vocal about not wanting to appear too retouched on screen. But she can also do a killer red carpet look or go bold on Euphoria, and firmly believes that there are no rules in makeup. Wear as much or as little as you want, whenever you want… because that’s the Zendaya way.
Here are just a few celebrity makeup tips and products we’ve picked up from the superstar!
We can’t stress this enough: it is never too early to start your anti-aging skin care routine. Using the right preventative beauty products in your early 20’s is what keeps you looking young for years, and Zendaya knows it, too - which is why she’s incorporated plenty of youth-preserving essentials into her routine. Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil by The Body Shop is one of Zendaya’s favorites to recharge her complexion and get that movie star glow you see in every selfie, made with enriching ingredients to give your skin “8 hours of beauty sleep” and prevent free radical damage that ages skin more quickly. Serums are often more gentle on the skin, and you can use this one every morning and night to stay youthful and recreate Zendaya’s flawless complexion.
When Zendaya became Lancôme’s new global ambassador in 2019, we knew that something beautiful was about to happen. And it definitely did. These days, you can find her talking up the brand’s fragrance or showing off custom Lancôme-only looks… but she’s always been a fan of the brand’s Labsolu Mademoiselle lip balm. She’s publicly worn it on many occasions, and we definitely see why. Labsolu Mademoiselle is just like any other everyday lip balm, except ultra-moisturizing and in one extremely beautiful package. It glides on like a dream and leaves your lips feeling soft and smooth, while looking noticeably more plump - courtesy of an infusion of macadamia oil, peppermint oil and rose extract. Wear this Lancôme favorite for your simple makeup looks, or layered with lipstick for a more glam effect.
“This gives you that glow and it smells soooo good!” Actual quote from Zendaya about her love for this Mario Badescu facial spray, which definitely makes sense. She grew up in Northern California before making her way down to Hollywood as a teenager, giving her plenty of time to hang out at the beach and embrace her inner VSCO girl with this cult product. Just kidding. Sort of. This facial spray is a miracle for the “no makeup” makeup look that Zendaya often sports, as just a few spritzes will give your complexion a dewy glow while hydrating and soothing the skin. It’s ideal for the days you want pretty skin for outdoor days, without having to worry about foundation melting off your face… making it a must-have for those who live in a warmer climate (like say, Los Angeles!) or want to make the minimal makeup look their very own. Try this Mario Badescu facial spray that 95% of MIRA guests say is extremely hydrating.
Zendaya is always a total smoke show. Come on, just look at her. But sometimes she amps it up and takes the term a bit more literally, with an assortment of smokey eye effects that she loves to rock on red carpets. Zendaya’s MUA Sheika Daley told The Hollywood Reporter in 2019 that the star “loves a dramatic eye,” and it really shows. When she’s not looking like a glowing, dewy skinned goddess in her selfies on social media, the star goes a bit edgier at award shows or premieres… further showing her stance that there are no rules in makeup, and you should always experiment with different beauty looks. For a range of smokey eye effects like Zendaya’s, we’d suggest the Ultimate Shadow Palette - Smokey & Highlight by NYX Professional Makeup. It has 16 creamy and pigmented shades, in unique colors that you can mix and match to create a smokey masterpiece of your own. Daley also goes on to say that blending is key when learning how to master a smokey look, along with using a good smudge-friendly eyeliner pencil like Eye Kohl by MAC.
Calling this Aquaphor essential a “moisturizer” wouldn’t be doing it justice, and we think celebrity fans like Beyonce and Zendaya would agree. Despite being under $10, this cream is extremely soothing and hydrating, and can be used in a variety of ways. Zendaya uses Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment basically from head to toe, and has been open about all the ways she incorporates Aquaphor into her celebrity makeup routine. She uses this cream for a poppin’ highlight for her face and on her lips as a moisturizing gloss, and even applies to her brows on occasion as a conditioner. And that’s just the makeup portion. Zendaya is human like the rest of us, and even she suffers from skin issues like acne, scars, or burns… all of which are reduced with a bit of this miracle cream. Formulated with 41% Petrolatum, the Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment has extreme hydrating and healing abilities that gives your skin the attention it deserves. Zendaya uses it to treat her eczema flare-ups, and our MIRA guests adore this cream as much as she does… with 98% agreeing that it reduces redness and 99% saying that it’s gentle on all skin types.
Red is Zendaya’s color. There’s no denying it. When she’s not wearing the bold hue at award shows or dying her hair a fiery shade of crimson, she’s owning the most glamorous red lips that complete her entire celebrity makeup look. While Zendaya without makeup and taking glamour shots outside her Los Angeles home is a whole mood, her owning a fiery shade of red in our favorite photoshoots is, too. Her MUA has used the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl by NARS on Zendaya in more professional settings, and the actress writes on her blog that the shade is “great for any skin tone, from the fairest to the darkest.” Once you’ve lined your lips with this top-rated pencil, you can fill them in with a lipstick from the L’Absolu Rouge Ruby collection - a custom line of red lipsticks that Zendaya launched alongside Lancôme. This set features 14 shades of ruby hues that you can mix and match for all occasions - just like Zendaya. Even if you’re not heading from yoga class by day to the Emmys by night like she is, you can still get all the best celebrity makeup effects with these radiant, ruby hues.
Zendaya is an avid fan of SPF, and has told more than a few publications that this step is her #1 priority in her celebrity makeup and skin care routine. You can even use the exact SPF-infused moisturizer she does, as it’s only $28 and has top ratings in our community! Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 by Mario Badescu is formulated with one of our favorite antioxidants, Green Tea Extract, to defend against harmful free radicals and slow down the aging process. Yes, even if you’re only in your 20’s like Zendaya… as you know by now about the importance of anti-aging skin care products. You’ll also get a major surge of moisture and SPF 30 as a bonus, which Z says “protects against sun damage, doesn’t clog my pores.” Zendaya without makeup has been known to wear this moisturizer by itself for a natural glow and boost of hydration, but you can also layer it under your liquid foundation for a smoother canvas and even texture.
As a former Covergirl spokesperson and drugstore makeup enthusiast, Zendaya has a major appreciation for affordable beauty. She also knows that drugstore finds have a place anywhere, even film premieres and the Grammy Awards. The actress has mentioned that she opts for face powder on red carpets, as opposed to liquids or creams. This texture not only lasts longer and stays put under the hot lights, it also leaves a matte finish and lets you control shine in certain areas. Exactly what’s needed when you have a million cameras pointed at you. And even if you won’t be attending a red carpet anytime soon, this pressed powder by Covergirl is a celebrity makeup favorite that has a place in any makeup bag. 89% of our community feels that it feels lightweight on your face, and it’s especially recommended for those with combination skin!
While you may read headlines about “Zendaya without makeup,” they’re not entirely true. The star is absolutely stunning no matter how much or how little makeup she wears, but there’s one feature that makes all the difference in her routine: brows. Zendaya was blessed with pretty nice brows already, but she’s also told the public that filling them in with the right products is the final touch of her minimal makeup looks. Not surprising, since it’s been proven by science and countless “bad brows” throwback photos from high school that arches are one of the most important features on your face. As it turns out, celebrity makeup products aren’t too different from those your favorite influencers have been talking about for years… as Zendaya loves using the cult favorite Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills to produce her most impeccable arches. If the big name and glances at Zendaya’s beautiful brows aren’t enough to make you buy this product, just know that it has nearly perfect ratings in our community for precision, pigmentation, and staying power!
If we had to choose just one word to describe Zendaya’s celebrity makeup style, it would be “radiant.” The Euphoria star is simply glowing and gorgeous, both inside and out, and while there are plenty of factors that play into her beauty - we have to give a shout out to bronzer. Long known as a minimal makeup essential, this product adds warmth and color to the cheeks while lowkey convincing people that you’re barely wearing anything. As flawless as Zendaya without makeup is, her best everyday makeup looks include a lit-from-within glow and flawless contour, all courtesy of a good bronzer. While we’re not 100% on the exact product she uses (hint hint, girl!), you can glow just like the Euphoria actress with the Mediterranean Escape Sun-Kissed Veil by Laura Mercier. It has a creamy texture that blends out beautifully on your skin to emulate a post-vacation glow, and 99% of MIRA guests say that it’s super pigmented and long lasting!
Take celebrity makeup looks to the next level with these Zendaya favorites, all on MIRA!