Kelly Rowland on Her Destiny's Child Makeup: 'I Looked Crazy'
Destiny’s Child sparked so many huge trends in the late ’90s and early aughts. The group taught teenage girls everywhere how to pull off a crop tops, destroyed denim and mini skirts. But looking back, Kelly Rowland isn’t quite sure of the decisions they made when it came to fashion and beauty — and she told us why.
“I remember going to Europe and there was this one makeup artist — I’m a chocolate girl, and she made me look pink,” Rowland recalls to PeopleStyle. “And then when she tried again, I looked green. And then when she tried again, I looked way fairer than what I really am.”
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When the trio tried to take care of their own glam, however, the result wasn’t as good as they’d hoped. Rowland recalls of their early days, laughing, “I looked like a monster in one picture. I remember Destiny’s Child went to the Brit Awards, and we tried to do our faces ourselves — I looked crazy. So I had to learn!”
Destiny’s Child at the 2001 Brit Awards (photo: JMEnternational/Redferns)
So what would advice would she give herself during her Destiny’s Child years? “Less makeup is more,” she insists. “You can look like yourself – you don’t have to want to look like anybody else. Just be your own unique you. And intuition. As women, we have the best intuition, so just go with it. There’s nothing wrong with it, you’re spot on.”
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And when it came to fashion, Rowland shares that she and her group mates were all about being unique — after all, Beyoncé’s mom did custom-make their costumes herself.
“I wanted to try everything, I wanted to see what worked. I wasn’t afraid. Now, I’m like, ‘What were we thinking with these chicken outfits?’ But now it’s just like well, we tried it, and at least we know we liked it or we didn’t.”
But at the end of the day, the 35-year-old singer has one more piece of advice for her teenage self. “I go back to pictures and I’m like, I know exactly what I was going through. I look at that picture and I would tell myself, ‘Girl, you’re about to be good. Don’t worry.'”
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— Jillian Ruffo