Viola Davis: ‘It took me a long time to wear red lipstick’

Viola Davis took a “long time” to get the confidence to wear red lipstick.

In a new interview with, the Oscar-winning actress and L’Oréal Paris brand ambassador opened up about the changes to her beauty regime now that she’s in her fifties.

Specifically, Viola noted that she is working to highlight her features rather than hide them.


“I love embracing my nose and my lips. It’s like all of a sudden I was like, ‘Viola, that’s what your lips always looked like? Why’d you have a problem with that?'” she shared. “I love wearing red lipstick, which took me a long time, because I think my lips are fabulous. Now, I don’t want to look like anyone other than me. That was a big thing in my twenties.”

Viola also revealed that she used to struggle to find the right foundation and concealer for her skin tone, especially after her complexion changed as she got older.

“(You don’t want one) that is too ashy or too dark,” the 54-year-old explained, noting that she needed a formula that “feels like a part of your skin” so you “don’t feel like it’s wearing you.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Viola confessed she once dreamed of looking like Oprah Winfrey after falling in love with the outfit she wore to the 1986 Academy Awards.

“I wanted to look like Oprah, especially when she went to the Oscars for The Color Purple,” she gushed. “I thought she was the most beautiful (woman).”

But Viola has never admitted that to Oprah’s face, even though they’ve since become friends.

“Literally, Oprah went to one of my weddings and I never had the guts to say, ‘Oprah, I was always trying to look like you!'” the How to Get Away with Murder star laughed.