The One Beauty Trend Normani Kordei Thinks NO One Can Pull Off

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Fifth Harmony is all over the place right now, traveling from New Hampshire to Las Vegas until mid-September. But that doesn’t mean the ladies don’t have time to talk with their fans… including us at Teen.com!

Courtesy of 5H’s partnership with BIC for the new BIC Soleil Shine razor, we had the chance to chat with one of your favorite of the fierce females, Normani Kordei, as the group is encouraging women — like our readers/their fans — to be optimistic and confident in their own skin. Read on to find out Mani’s confidence tips, her makeup must-haves, plus the one beauty trend she doesn’t think ANYONE can pull off:

What does beauty mean to you personally?

“For me, beauty really does come from within and that may sound cliche but it’s true. As much makeup and materialistic of things you put on, doesn’t matter unless you have confidence within yourself and people can see them coming from within. It’s all about believing in yourself and knowing your worth and being optimistic and really just loving yourself for who you are.”

What drew you to partnering with BIC?

“We stand for the same thing that BIC stands for, which is all about women feeling empowered and being optimistic and confident throughout their day. I honestly feel like shaving should be one less thing you have to worry about and it just makes you feel really good about yourself when your legs are nice and smooth — you just feel sexier you know? I feel like I can conquer anything.”

What’s your beauty must-have?

“I have to have my Anastasia Brow Pencil wherever I go. I have big brows, like, between me and Lauren [Jauregui], the group is set for brows. But I always need my pencil or else they can get a little wild.”

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You guys are constantly doing intense shows and wearing the same costumes… How do you get in the zone and fresh-faced?

“We are all separated and take our own time before the show, but we all get together while we’re getting dressed and pump music and just get really excited for the show. It’s a real bonding moment and we warm up together, like me and Ally [Brooke] always warm up together, and the other day, Lauren was like, ‘Girl, you lead the warmup, it’s your tour.’ It’s really cool because we get to teach each other different things and help each other be the best we can possibly be for the show. It’s really cool because we’re so excited for this tour, it’s the biggest we’ve done as 5H.”

Do you have any specific beauty routines you follow for your stage makeup?

“Actually, cool thing is that we’ve all been doing our own makeup on tour, so thanks for asking that question! It’s really good. I feel like I’ll be a professional in 3 months or so because I have so much practice. I always start with primer on my face and lids, I matte my lids out so my eyeshadow won’t smudge or crease. Then I do my shadow, and then from there I do concealer, brows, skin, contour, highlight and I do lashes last. It takes the longest time, but I’m good at everything else but lashes. I can put them on other people just not myself.”

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Is there a current beauty trend that you can’t stand?

“You know when guys wear those two braids on top and then the rest is really short? I’m catering to the guys right now, but I feel like no one can pull it off. The man bun and man braids, like, you gotta know what’s best for you and work from that. But yeah, no one looks good with that. I mean it’s cool to try new things and experiment, like, I love to change my hair, but you gotta know what’s best for you.”

Our readers are going back to school soon, so do you have any tips on confidence boosters or how to make a great first impression?

“Honestly, you cannot go wrong with being yourself. I think that a lot of the time, we get in our own heads and make up what other people are thinking, but no one actually cares about the thing you think they care about. You just gotta take that weight off your shoulders and be nice to yourself and be yourself. People will fall in love with who that is. And don’t be afraid to make new friends and introduce yourself, which can be hard because I know me, personally, I wait for people to come to me, which is something I had to overcome, especially in the industry. Be more social and present in the moment!”
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