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Selena Quintanilla’s sister Suzette reveals the surprising person behind the late singer’s iconic beauty looks

Happy Birthday, Selena Quintanilla! Today, we remember and celebrate her music and legendary style. The Como La Flor singer would have turned 49 today, and though we’ll be dreaming of her always, we can’t deny her impact within the beauty industry. Her signature red lip, sculpted brows and ‘90s brown lip liner helped birth the first Selena x MAC collection. After the success of the first line back in 2016, the Quintanilla family and cosmetic brand announced the new Selena La Reina collection. When we think about how gorgeous Selena looked in all her past music videos, on-camera interviews and old footage, we can’t help but wonder who did her makeup?

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Though Hollywood’s biggest names have their go-to glam squad for major red carpet events, this wasn’t the case for the Dreaming of You singer in the ‘90s. To our surprise, Selena herself was behind her major red carpet moments. “Whenever we had to do a TV show, on-air performance or red carpets, Selena did her own makeup,” Suzette Quintanilla tells HOLA! USA . “She didn’t have a dedicated makeup artist.”

Suzette, who is involved with the MAC collection adds, “She would pull out her brushes and do everything herself, and once we arrived on-set a makeup artist would touch her up here and there. They would usually just add powder to keep her fresh, but honestly everything you see in print, everything you see on TV, yes, that was all Selena.”

On days where she wasn’t wearing makeup, Suzette admits the late singer was a true tomboy with sleek low-buns, little mascara and lip balm.

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Selena photographed in 1994.

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Since the Texan superstar was a real trendsetter with beauty choices, it’s no surprise to us that she took matters into her own hands when it came to her style.

The MAC Cosmetics Selena La Reina collection will be available online on April 21.

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