Music Sensation Baiyu Dishes on Beauty, Fashion and Working with Nelly!

Baiyu 1Wow!  I must say I am absolutely blown away by Baiyu!  This up and coming music sensation is one of the contestants on CW’s The Next, executive produced by Queen Latifah and featuring Joe Jonas, Nelly, Gloria Estefan and John Rich as musical mentors to up-and-coming musicians.  Led by a powerful voice, genuine grace, and determined disposition, it’s clear Baiyu realizes her musical purpose and almost seems predestined for stardom.  And while she may also be blessed with undeniable beauty, as you can see in our interview below, she takes it in stride, making her all the more likeable.  That being said, keep reading dolls, and be sure to check Baiyu out TONIGHT on The Next, which airs each Thursday at 9/8c!

What are your a.m. and p.m. beauty routine basics?  On a day to day, I actually have a very bare bones beauty routine. It usually takes me only about five minutes in the morning to do my makeup. I seldom use foundation, but I do use concealer under my eyes and on blemishes to give things a cleaner base. I focus most of my attention on my eyes since I feel like that’s one thing I can play up the most. I love a dramatic eye, but to make it not too overwhelming, I’ll do a more shimmery shadow with a cat eye. At night, I might do a little bit of touching up, but I usually don’t shake up my beauty routine much mid-day. I always try to remember to remove my makeup, however, since it’s so important to allow your skin to breathe while you’re taking in your z’s!

You always look so impeccable.  What are your keys for a flawless face?  Thank you so much! I do think there actually is something to the philosophy of keeping things simple. I was blessed with pretty good skin, but what I’ve heard from a lot of other folks with great looking skin is that they don’t really do much in terms of lotions and potions. I literally would just wash my face with water and a face towel morning and night, and when my skin starts to feel a bit dry, I apply some light drug store moisturizer. That’s it! 

Aaaannnd…we’re now all officially jealous!  What are a few of your favorite types of makeup and/or “lotions and potions?”  The one product I can’t live without is my liquid liner, but I also love beauty products that are multi-purpose. For instance, I use Josie Maran’s Argan Oil on my hair, on my face, and on drier patches of skin, to the point where I might as well be drinking that stuff with my coffee in the mornings. I also love Smith’s Rosebud Salve because not only does it keep my lips nice and plump, it also smells amazing and can be used on the fly as moisturizer. 

Scenario: you’re roaming Target for any number of non-beauty related items but get sidetracked by the beauty aisles.  What first grabs your attention?  Eyelashes are the first thing that grab my attention. As a Chinese American, I was born with almost nonexistent lashes so I’ve become a bit obsessed with the range of false lashes that are on the market. I love playing around with everything from natural looking lashes to sets that are ultra-dramatic. I just think they’re so much fun and they really add that extra “oomph” to my look.

Your rock both a bold and a neutral beachy lip well.  Baiyu 2Do you prefer one or the other?  Just like my lashes, I like to switch it up with my lip color as well! I think it’s fun to be able to play up your look depending on your outfit and your mood!  There’s something ultra-sexy about a bold lip, but at the same time I can’t get over how effortlessly flawless and sensual a beachy lip looks. I kind of love both!

Switching to fashion, describe your everyday style?  My everyday style is akin to if you threw Rihanna, Lady Gaga, an 80’s hipster, and a high school geek in the blender. I’m not sure what I would call that smoothie but it works for me!

Love that answer!  Thinking about your stage-style versus your street-style, any similarities?  There are some similarities, but I do have a slightly different vibe on stage than I do off stage. It’s so funny because I could be extremely tired and overworked but as soon as I’m under the spotlight, all of that melts away and I’m just on… 110%. My stage style depends on the venue, the crowd and the set list but it tends to be a bit more edgy, out there and dramatic, whereas my street style is a little more classic and hipster, but there are days when I switch it up.

What accessories do you gravitate towards for playing up your look?  I’m a huge fan of chunky accessories. I used to only rock silver jewelry, but recently, I’ve been a huge fan of chunky, gold toned accessories, especially those accented with diamonds or synthetic equivalent. I think it goes really well with a more tanned skin tone and it also just makes things pop. I love how certain accessories can make or break an outfit, and I’m not afraid to make a statement with my choice pieces.

Baiyu 3Any nerves when working with Nelly?  What was it like having him as your mentor on The Next?  Honestly, it didn’t even really hit me what actually went down until days after the shoot. It’s so funny how things like this work because a huge mega celebrity like Nelly is someone that you see so frequently in the press and in the media that you almost feel a sense of familiarity with him before you even meet him. He was extremely down to earth and really cordial, and not to mention Nelly really seemed to care about who I was as an artist and genuinely tried to bring the best out of me. It was incredible having had the chance to work with him.

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?  I would tell myself to not care about what anyone else thinks or says about you. I would tell myself that it’s okay to get my heart broken, that it’s okay to love hard, and that it’s okay to live life to the fullest because at the end of the day, if everything that I do is out of love and the things that I am truly passionate about, that’s the only way I am able to live without regrets.