Hype Chat: Demetria McKinney On Music, Acting & Lipstick Collection

Demetria McKinney

HH: Who are some of your favorite hair inspirations?
DM: Tracee Ellis Ross has always had a head of beautiful hair; on the YouTube side, Naptural85 is amazing. I love how transparent she is. She let us see her growth all the way to waist length. She let us see when the color kind of took her down, and now she is letting us see her on the come up again. All in all, her hair is gorgeous—and so is her spirit.

HH: What are some of your favorite makeup products to use to glam up?
DM: My lip gloss from the Demetria McKinney Collection, which can be found at celfiecosmetics.com.

HH: What is your skin-care routine, and what products do you use for your skin?
DM: As for skin care, it’s very similar to my hair-care regimen. As someone who has suffered from acne, harshness is not my friend. I remove my makeup with an oil and follow with a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil. Every now and then I will give myself a baking-soda-and-oil scrub just to get a good exfoliation and balancing of the skin. But again water, water, water! I drink lots of it. I mist my face throughout the day, and I try to just keep it as clean as possible without cleans- ing out the natural oils that are supposed to be there. Glowing, youthful skin is the goal—not a dry, ashy bucket!

HH: How would you describe your sense of fashion?
DM: I wear whatever makes me feel good. I can be a tomboy and wear ripped jeans and my Dallas Cowboys T-shirt, or I can rock a Balmain dress with a pair of red-bottoms.

HH: If you had only 15 minutes to pull a complete look together that includes hair, makeup and clothing, how would you do it?
DM: Hair would be wash-and-go; face would be simplistic, with a tinted moisturizer, a brow and a lip gloss; then a simple romper with a banging shoe. I’m a minimalist when it comes to jewelry. I would step out the door with the biggest smile ever. ’Fro on fleek!

HH: What are your purse-packing must-haves?
DM: My cell phones of course, a Red Bull, gum and a nude lipstick from my collection.

HH: Where do you derive your strength, encouragement and creativity from?
DM: From my son, who is 18 years old. Everything I do, I do for him. I have been homeless; I have lived in the projects; my mother is still married to the man who tried to molest me. Everything I have been through makes me a stronger and better person.

HH: What’s up next for you?
DM: Another album and going into filming season three of Saints & Sinners on Bounce TV.

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