Nicole Richie is in the relatively unique position of experiencing her life’s beauty evolution in the public eye (and a lot of it actually on camera). We’ve seen it all, from her Simple Lifethin brows, thick liner, and chunky highlights to her late-aughts boho phase of beachy waves and forehead headbands. She’s experimented with every hair color, makeup look, and beauty trend in her 36 years, so when Urban Decay called on her to be a brand ambassador last fall, it made so much sense.
Her latest project with the beauty brand is a House of Harlow 1960 capsule collection with Urban Decay, exclusively on revolve.com. It includes a makeup bag and the essentials that reflect Richie’s now-minimalist beauty routine, like longwear eyeliner in brown, black, brown, and gold, and an orange-red lipstick.
“I’m not a big ‘cake on the makeup’ person. We’re in the desert, I’m from California—I want to look good, but I’m not trying to weigh myself down with 700 pounds of makeup,” she told ELLE.com when we sat down with her at Coachella. “I don’t know how to do my own makeup. I have three tricks that I know, and that’s it. So, if nothing else, throw on a nice little red-orange lipstick and it’ll bring out the rose in your face.”
Read on for more of Richie’s beauty secrets.
1. She’s learned that less is more.
“Over the past two decades, I felt I needed a lot more before—I needed extensions, foundation, the brows, so many things. Then, I got to a place where I was more confident and wanted to show who I was, because being somebody else can be fun for a second but at the end of the day, it ends up being tiring because it’s not you. That doesn’t mean that I hate makeup. I am somebody who is all about being your most authentic self and representing who you really are and loving makeup at the same time.”
2. She was once ashamed of her curly hair.
“In the ’80s, having curly hair was not cool at all and I would go to school with all of my white friends and they would show up just out of the shower with their wet hair and I was like, ‘Oh my God, why can’t I be just like them?’ I was almost ashamed to have curly hair and now I love it. It’s who I am. It’s me, so I’m down to rock that right now.”
2. She loved crazy hair colors, but it caused serious damage…
“I loved the lavender, it was when I started [wearing unique hair colors] and I would definitely say that’s my all-time favorite. It was the biggest change for me. Once I got into color, I would change my hair like it wasn’t that big of a deal. Then, it all fell out and I had to cut it off.”
3. …so now she’s a hair minimalist.
“For the past year and a half, I’ve being doing absolutely nothing to [my hair] because it fried off from bleaching and coloring, so I had to cut it into a pixie. I was Brazilian-ing it and blowing it straight, but then I was like I’m gonna let it do its thing. I’m gonna be me. I use a Unite Leave-In conditioner and then I use a Ouai Curl Jelly and that’s it; I let it air dry. I’m trying to do the least amount as possible and stay [away from] a blow-dryer and flatiron and just let my hair breathe. I’m not coloring it. I’m not putting any treatments on it. I’m doing nothing to it.”
4. She regrets over-tweezing her brows. She also once shaved them off.
“If I could tell my younger self one thing, it would be to not over-tweeze my eyebrows. My mom wouldn’t let me tweeze my eyebrows soon enough, so I shaved the middle. I was young, so I went too wide and shaved off half of my eyebrows! She freaked out and she asked me what happened, and being the 12-year-old horrible liar that I was, I just said they “fell off” in the shower. It was terrible. That was during the time we were all turning 13 and having bar mitzvahs and my mom would take photos of me.
Now, I just take an eyebrow brush and brush my eyebrows with a little bit of Chanel brown eyeshadow. That’s all I do.”
This article originally appeared on elle.com