Ziwe on Big Brows, Her New Book, and the Real Housewives

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As for her signature brow look, Ziwe is a fan of a statement laminated brow. “Like a Brooke Shields brow,” she says. “I have really large eyes and smaller brows, so I usually do that just because it helps me get shape. So I look like a Disney character.”

Another brow muse? “Eugene Levy, he has great eyebrows,” she deadpans, before noting other icons (beauty and otherwise). “Naomi, Zendaya, Taylor Russell, Coretta Scott King. Those are my beauty heroes.”

Ahead, Ziwe shares her tour skin care secrets and favorite ways to unwind, plus the blush trick she learned from her model bestie.

Glamour: Congratulations on your book, Black Friend: Essays. What was the best part of writing it and what was the most challenging?

Ziwe: The best part of writing my book was honestly finishing. I felt such a sense of achievement, knowing that I completed a book, I didn’t quit. And I was able to really thread the needle of being funny and also thoughtful at the same time. The hardest part is being vulnerable and recognizing that a book exists forever and that the words you can’t edit in real time. But I think that’s part of the challenge and part of the success that I felt when I finished is knowing that I was happy with the words that I put on the page, and I could walk away with my head held high.

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What does your skin care routine look like on tour? Do you stick to a full routine or do you try to simplify things?

No, I am actually even more stringent about my routine on tour because I’m putting on so much makeup. I’m working the whole time. I have a show every night. And so my skin care routine is very robust. I use a face wash, CeraVe? I don’t know how to say that. And then I’ll do a bunch of serums, an eye retinol usually, or eye cream. And then I use Glow Recipe for my face cream and my night mask. I like to be really hydrated, really dewy. Micellar water to get my eye and brows off. I do facials once a month. But really, it’s about using quality products. That really helps with my process.

What’s your favorite beauty look that you’ve done?

Ooh, I like to experiment with the eye. I really love doing a bronze, copper moment. I like to use a bronzer on the edge of my eye, I just love that. I think that’s really ‘90s. So those are my favorite moments. But if I’m thinking about a specific fashion photo, it’d probably be when I’m in Paris for fashion week. Those are my favorite face looks.

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