Skin Deep: Danai Gurira Doesn’t Do Contouring

Otherwise, I don’t wear a ton of makeup daily, but I do love to explore. The older I get, the more confident I am exploring.

My key things are eyeliner, some shadow and a gloss. Sometimes I put a base on over my Beauty Flash glow, but only if I need it. If I do, I use M.A.C. Matchmaster in Numbers 9 and 10. Eyeliner, I would say I have some good ones from M.A.C. M.A.C. also has some great eye shadow palettes I lean into. I have mascara by L’Oréal.

The one thing I don’t do is contour. I would never even attempt it. It’s partly because I leave that kind of stuff to the pros, but even when I’m working with makeup artists, I don’t like when they contour so much that I can’t see my face anymore. I want to see my face!


MAC Matchmaster makeup. Credit Harry Eelman for The New York Times


My hair is very short right now. I had a ’Fro until I started shooting “Black Panther.” For the movie, I went down to basically bald. In some way it’s been bald ever since. I love short hair. I think it can be a bold look. I like the user-friendliness of my hair now. There’s an ease to it.

But I think long hair can look beautiful as well. There is no one way. The beauty is in the variety. Actually, I’m trying to grow my hair out again, but then sometimes I have to cut it for a reshoot, so I’m back where I started.

I use a lot of Shea Moisture shampoos and conditioners. I have a variety. I travel so much that I have them in all of my travel things. I don’t use a ton of hair products, but if I do, I’m looking for something hydrating. I like the Moroccanoil sprays.


I don’t really wear fragrance. But sometimes I’ll use one that’s aromatic — I tend not to wear florals. I go for something like Le Labo Santal 33, which both men and women can use.

Other Services

I go for deep tissue massages. In L.A., I go to the Beverly Wilshire. They have fantastic services there, or sometimes I go to this Thai massage place in Echo Park.

Diet and Fitness

I don’t really think about it except that I try to eat as healthy as I can. I don’t do dairy, and I don’t do meat, but that’s about it. There’s a food delivery service I use when I’m on set. It’s called Brandi You’re a Fine Girl.

I work out regularly with a trainer — her name is AJ Fisher — and I love swimming. When I was in New York more, I would use the gym at N.Y.U., which was my alma mater. That’s where I had a good swim routine. I don’t find L.A. the easiest place to swim. I’m still looking for a great place there.

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Fantastical Hair Sculptures From the Detroit Club Scene

In a performance space at MoMA PS1 on Sunday evening, the erstwhile D.J. and party promoter David “Hump the Grinder” Humphries waited, clipboard in hand; at precisely 6:05 p.m., the customary start time, he welcomed the enormous crowd into a Big Apple edition of Hair Wars. He founded the extreme hairstyling showcase in a Detroit nightclub in 1985 as a way for local stylists to display their wildly imaginative work.

As Hump narrated, models emerged from behind a gold-tinsel curtain. Atop their heads sat a series of towering — and, in some cases, illuminated, St. Patrick’s Day-themed, spinning or musical-instrument-shaped — creations crafted from hair. He paused between each of the three segments to speak to the featured hairstylists — the New York-based Dave Ray, and Keith Matthews and Johnnie “Wishbone” Miller from Motown — about their designs. 

The boisterous audience was also treated to footage from past shows and a smattering of Hair Wars’ radio spots from the ’80s. Since then, the event has been held in more than 25 cities. Sunday’s program ended with a stirring multimedia performance by the hair sculptor and visual artist Joanne Petit-Frère. We captured the full parade of gravity-defying looks; pictured here, a design by Keith Matthews. — HILARY MOSS

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