“When I was doing the Joanne tour [two years ago], I’d been touring since I was 22 years old. I’d just done the Super Bowl show, Coachella, A Star Is Born. I really started to break down,” Lady Gaga said in an interview with Allure. “I was dizzy.”
Her glam squad, which consists of her makeup artist Sarah Tanno and hairstylist Freddie Aspiras, were her pillar of strength during this tough period.
“Sarah would pick me up off the floor, sit me in a chair, dry my tears, and say, ‘I’m going to put on your face now,’ ” she shared. “If I cried while she was putting on my makeup, I would apologize, and she would say, ‘It’s okay. I’ve got you.’”
“Sarah would do my makeup, Freddie would do my hair, and they would hold me and say, ‘Look at yourself. There’s Lady Gaga. You can do this. Now go do it.’ And I would go out there, and the second that spotlight hits me, bam, I’m in the zone,” she says.
“But I can’t do that without them. That is the power of glam for me. Not everybody has a Sarah, but I’m very lucky that I do.”
When Lady Gaga created her beauty brand, Haus Laboratories, in collaboration with her makeup artist and rock, Sarah, the power of makeup was the message she most wanted to share with the world.
“I never felt beautiful, and I still have days that I don’t feel beautiful,” she told Allure. “All of the insecurities that I’ve dealt with my whole life from being bullied when I was younger, they come right back up to bite me. Then I put makeup on, and before I know it I feel this superhero within. It gives me those wings to fly.”
“I want this line to be for the person at home who needs that pick-me-up. If they use it, or don’t use it, they can at least look at it and go, ‘That’s what helps Lady Gaga shine on her bad days. And I want to shine today.’”