After years of drooling over her vintage-inspired looks in her music videos and using the blackhead vacuum amazon to take care of her skin, we finally got a peek into Lana Del Rey’s beauty routine. The “Summertime Sadness” singer recently Instagrammed a video of how she achieves her everyday look, and we can’t tear our eyes away. In the short clip, she wields a brow pencil and goes to work on her face—all while whistling and singing along to John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.” She wrote in the video’s caption, “morning makeup to the beatles.”
First, we see Del Rey, hair pulled back in a clip, tame her signature bold brows. She starts off by brushing them upward with the spoolie end before filling them in with a dark brown brow pencil. The full label on the product can’t be seen, but it looks a lot like the cult-favorite Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. Then, she goes rouge and uses the pencil to dot on a few subtle freckles on her face. This could be a handy trick to cover up zits, but to us, it looks more like Del Rey is using the pencil to further define her existing freckles.
And she’s not done with that brow pencil yet. The singer, then, moves on to her eyes, where she uses the brow pencil to line beneath her lower lashes. The effect is super soft. (Del Rey is obviously a pro at the no-makeup makeup look.) She does throw in a twist, though. Instead of drawing along her water lines, she winged out the liner. Cat eyes—they’re not just for the upper lids, apparently. We applaud Del Rey for reminding us that the brow pencil is a truly multi-use product. Now if only she showed us the secret to those ultra-long lashes.
Lana Del Rey talked to MTV Germany about each track featured on her latest album, “Ultraviolence”. Take a listen below:
Lana Del Rey is on the cover of Rolling Stone USA. It features a new photoshoot by Theo Wenner! You can find it on newsstands now, so keep an eye out and feel free to send us the scans if you get a copy! Below you can find the shoot:
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Read part of the interview:
The elusive Lana Del Rey makes her first appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone in our next issue (on stands Friday), photographed by Theo Wenner – but at one dramatic point during her interviews, she tried to cancel the whole thing. “I’m not sure if they should run this story,” she tells senior writer Brian Hiatt. “I feel like maybe we should wait until there’s something to talk about. You know? I just wish you could write about something else. There has to be someone else to be the cover story. Like, there has to be. Anybody.
But before she hit that point, Del Rey had plenty to say in her interviews, which mostly took place in the Greenwich Village townhouse owned by her apparent new love interest, Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini.
“Well, I feel fucking crazy,” she says. “But I don’t think I am. People make me feel crazy.” She blames her much-publicized “I wish I were dead” quotes on leading questions, but adds, “I find that most people I meet figure I kind of want to kill myself anyway. So, it comes up every time.”
On how she wants people to hear lyrics like “he hurt me and it felt like true love”: “I just don’t want them to hear it at all,” she says. “I’m very selfish. I make everything for me, kind of. I mean, every little thing, down to the guitar and the drums. It’s just for me… I don’t want them to hear it and think about it. It’s none of their business!”
On her Saturday Night Live performance: “It wasn’t dynamic, but it was true to form,” she says, though former Interscope Records head Jimmy Iovine reveals that he worked with her afterwards on the use of in-ear monitors. In any case, Del Rey says music-biz friends pulled away from her post-SNL: “Everyone I knew suddenly wasn’t so sure about me,” she says. “They were like, ‘Maybe I don’t want to be associated with her – not a great reputation.'”
Lana Del Rey performed at Vida Festival in Barcelona, Spain, last week (July 5).
– Body Electric (VIDEO)
– Blue Jeans
– West Coast
– Born To Die (VIDEO)
– Ultraviolence (VIDEO)
– Gods & Monsters (VIDEO) – Carmen (VIDEO)
– Million Dollar Man
– Summertime Sadness
– Old Money (VIDEO)
– Video Games
– National Anthem (VIDEO)
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Lana Del Rey sat down with Scott Simon from NPR today to talk about her new album, her influences much more. You can listen and read to it below:
Lana Del Rey is one of the biggest names in music right now. She packs venues around the world, sings in the new Disney movie Maleficent — all of this from a woman who used to be known as Lizzy Grant, and remade herself in part with a viral video sensation called “Video Games.”
Del Rey is about to embark on a European tour, but first, she spoke with NPR’s Scott Simon.
SCOTT SIMON: Allen Ginsberg was an early influence?
LANA DEL REY: Yes, he was an early influence — the whole beat poetry movement, and Vladimir Nabokov, and Walt Whitman.
Do we hear this in your music, do you think?
I think the thing I really got from Ginsberg was that you can tell a story through kind of painting pictures with words. And when I found out that you could have a profession doing that, it was thrilling to me. It just became my passion immediately, playing with words and poetry.
Not everybody has thought it’s a good idea to have lines like “He hit me and it felt a kiss.”
Definitely. But that’s been the theme of my career. The thing about me is, coming from an alternative music background and singing for nine years, being basically invisible, I’m so used to writing for myself — and at the end of the day, I do it because I feel like I have to. So when I’m recording or writing, I don’t have other people in mind. It’s not always comfortable for me, but I don’t not say what I want to.
You’re perfectly entitled to say, “Listen to the song” by way of answering this, but since this is an interview, what are you trying to say in a song like “Ultraviolence”?
There are so many things, really. I guess one of them is a personal experience I had with a person who believed in breaking you down to build you back up again. And although that mindset didn’t really agree with me, there was something freeing in letting go, for me, [with] this particular sort of guru-esque character. It’s a little bit about being in love with the act of surrendering, about being confused whether that’s a good idea.
There are some people who are very uncomfortable with the idea of women surrendering.
I know. It’s just that I don’t feel uncomfortable with it. The act of surrendering sort of puts me in a different mindset that allows me to be more of a channel — because I’m not holding on so tightly to things, I’m letting go, and I find that in letting go I become more of a channel for life to really happen on life’s terms. I mean, maybe that sounds sort of metaphysical, but that’s honestly how I feel.
I want to ask about another song: “Pretty When You Cry.”
The way you heard it recorded is the way I freestyled it. I made it up on the spot with my guitar player and left it as it was with that session drummer, and just called it a day on that song. Like the vocal inflection has its own narrative, it’s not all lyric drive, it’s just kind of moments in time that are meaningful to me left as they were, kind of untouched. The fact that I didn’t go back and try to sing it better is really the story of that song, because that’s sort of me revealing to you a facet of myself: I don’t care that it’s not perfect. That’s why that song is more important in that way than what I’m actually saying.
Is Lana Del Rey a character played by Elizabeth Grant?
No. Lana Del Rey is exactly who she’s supposed to be: Free enough to be her own person, and that’s exactly who I am. I’m not like a persona. I’m not a caricature of myself.
When you have a gift — and even people who can be a little exacting with what they think of as your lyric content, part of it is they believe you have a great gift. Do you feel it’s something you owe to yourself, you owe to the world, to keep in good repair and to give people something?
Not really. I feel a strong relationship with God and I feel my ties are with him. That’s how I honestly feel. Everything I do, I do it for somebody I’ve never met before, something in the great beyond. That’s my primary relationship, really, is with something divine. I feel a connection as real with that as I’ve ever had with anybody on this earth.