Lupita Nyong'o is "addicted" to nail polish.

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o

The 34-year-old actress has a huge cosmetics collection but her favourite items are paints for her fingers and she can't bear to lose any of them.

She admitted: "I own more make-up than I could ever imagine.

"I love eyebrow definition, so a good eyebrow liner is essential, and an eyeliner, usually a pencil.

"And a bright blush really warms up my cheeks.

"Nail polish is an addiction. I'd give away a handbag before I'd give away a nail polish."

But when she was younger, the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' actress wasn't allowed to wear make-up, but as she's grown older, she's learned to use cosmetics to accentuate her features, rather than mask them.

She told Grazia magazine: "My mother - who has never worn make-up herself - didn't allow me to wear make-up growing up.

"She always said, 'Your skin is beautiful the way it is.'

"For me, make-up is not a necessity. Make-up is not a mask, it's an adornment, an accessory."

Lupita can still recall how she first understood the power of good make-up while promoting her first movie, '12 Years a Slave', in 2013.

She said: "For dark skin, the idea of blush is quite a foreign one. Then my make-up artist used a Lancome blush and it was the first time I understood what blush can do for dark skin."

When it comes to fashion, the 'Jungle Book' star doesn't follow trends, but she was terrified the first time she worked with a stylist.

She admitted: "My first fitting was nerve-wracking, because I'd never done anything like that before.

"And I'd never had to try and articulate my style to anyone, as I'd only ever dressed myself."

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