Lupita Nyong'o in Glamour March 2014: I Took Classes at an All-Boys High School

Posted Thursday February 13, 2014 10:50 AM GMT

Taking time away from her award season schedule, Lupita Nyong'o landed herself a feature in the March 2014 issue of Glamour magazine.

While striking a few poses for the David Slijper-shot spread, the up and coming actress opened up about everything from her ultimate beauty secrets to her highly anticipated Oscar dress.

Check out GossipCenter's recap of Miss Nyong'o's interview below. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Glamour!

On "12 Years a Slave":
"I remember in my very first fitting, [costume designer Patricia Norris] gave me a garment with these intricate stitches—stitches over stitches, because it had been repaired so many times. Once I put it on, she told me that it belonged to an actual slave woman. My heart just stopped. Each one of the stitches had a story, you know. Just recognizing this period I was going to be dancing with was a “come to Jesus” moment."

On wearing makeup boosts confidence:
"I went to an all-boys high school, and they accepted girls in only the two A.P. classes. They had these archaic rules: For example, girls couldn’t wear makeup. I found it so outrageous that an all-boys school could tell girls to not wear makeup! So I went on a campaign. I got a petition signed and everything. If a girl wants to wear makeup to boost confidence, why not? [But] I’ve worked hard to feel beautiful in my natural skin. Personally, I don’t ever want to depend on makeup to feel beautiful."

On her go-to red carpet look:
"I love color. I’m enjoying trying all different shades. Makeup isn’t something I’ve worn a lot of in my life. So it’s good to work with someone like [makeup artist] Nick Barose, who is inspired by my complexion and knows how to work with it."

On her skin care secrets:
"I love using natural oils. I use avocado oil and Hawaiian Kukui Oil on my face. I like to keep things natural, simple, and straightforward."

On her short hairstyle:
"The first time I cut all my hair off was when I was 19. I just got fed up going to the salon every week. I’d had enough! On a whim, it was off. It’s low maintenance."

Photo Credit: David Slijper for Glamour