‘Empire’ star Serayah McNeill spills her hair and skin secrets

@serayah via Instagram
@serayah via Instagram

Not only is she part of Taylor Swift’s epic squad, but up-and-coming singer/actress Serayah McNeill is a a rising style star in her own right. Best known for her role in Fox’s smash hit “Empire,” the natural beauty’s fierce fashion and star quality has landed her comparisons to stars like Rihanna.

Recently, the 20-year-old caught up with E! News’ The Beauty Beat, where she broke down what’s in her haircare arsenal, her beauty must-haves and the surprising scent she’s loving right now.

Keep reading for highlight from McNeill’s beauty breakdown below…

What are your everyday makeup products?
During the day, I prefer lighter coverage and usually just go with a tinted moisturizer and a concealer. I love Iman BB cream. It’s really hydrating with SPF and it’s the perfect buttery texture. As for concealer, right now I’m obsessed with MAC’s line in NC42 and I also really like True Match by L’Oréal.

What is your favorite lip color right now?
One of my high school friends introduced me to Snob by MAC. I’m obsessed with it. It’s a nude, sheer pink so it works well for anything. There’s also this really cool one, Red Velvet by Lime Crime, that a makeup artist introduced me to for the premiere of Dope. It’s like a gloss, which makes it moisturizing, but it goes on matte. It’s long-wear and it doesn’t go anywhere.

What’s your signature scent? What does it smell like and what does it remind you of?
I’m loving Nude by Rihanna. It’s not too flowery. It’s very fresh but still very girly. It smells current.

@serayah via Instagram
@serayah via Instagram

Bronzer or blush?
I actually really love both, but I go with blush more for every day. I love a matte blush, like Harmony by MAC. I think MAC’s colors are always really true, which I prefer. If I’m going out at night I love NARS Bronzer for a nice contour.

What is your best non-product related beauty tip?
I’ve recently started getting into all-natural skin care. I’m a big fan of using natural products because I have sensitive skin. One of my favorite ingredients is honey. It’s deep penetrating and extra moisturizing. About once a week I will slather my face in honey for 15 minutes. I also mix a bit of sugar with a little honey to make a face scrub, which I do about twice a week.

What products do you use on your hair?
I tend to use a lot of conditioner. My favorite is by DevaCurl. It’s water-based instead of oil-based so a lot healthier for curly hair. I also use Tresemmé natural conditioner as a detangler in the shower, which I rinse out but not all the way. I usually only wash my hair once a week, so if I need a refresher I’ll spritz it with DevaCurl’s curl refresher.

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