2018 has been a milestone year for Camila Cabello. The 21-year-old pop star, who got her start in the pop group Fifth Harmony, had her first solo album Camila debut at number one on the Billboard 200. Her hit singles "Havana" and "Never Be the Same" have dominated radio airwaves. Now, she's continuing her success with a totally new venture: beauty. Today, July 9, Cabello debuts Havana, her very own makeup collection created in collaboration with L'Oréal Paris.
Cabello, who joined L'Oréal as a face in 2017, is the brand's first global spokeswoman to collaborate on products. Her collection has 14 pieces all retailing for $15 and under, including eye shadows, brow products, lip gloss, and L'Oréal's first liquid bronzer. The line will be available in 18 other countries (including Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, and the U.K.).
"I am so excited! The process of getting to build a line from the ground up and getting to pick out the shades, and the fragrance of the lip glosses, and the packaging design has been an incredible experience," the singer told ELLE.com, "I just knew I wanted to make a makeup line that was natural. If I'm not on stage or doing an award show performance, I really don't like wearing a lot of makeup. I feel like this line is really an expression of what I would wear. It's glowy and simple."
Ahead, Cabello talks exclusively with ELLE.com about the launch, how her Cuban roots inspire her beauty routine, and her experiences with insecurity and confidence.
Your hometown, Havana, Cuba, obviously inspired the collection. What do you love about the city?
I feel like so much of me comes from my culture. I live in Miami now, and Miami has so much Cuban influence. It's everything from the way the people are, the culture, the food, the tradition, how lively and how warm people are, the music playing in the streets, the heat, people walking around in flip flops and sweaty and just feeling so lively and real. That's the beauty of it.
Which product from the collection is your favorite?
I love the liner. To me, liner is really important. It's this very beautiful, black liquid liner. And it stays on for a long time—I hate when eyeliner just sort of droops off. The way that the pen is shaped, it's a very thin, precise line. I'd also say the liquid bronzer. You can mix it with foundation, you can use it to contour, and it just gives you that summer glow.
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