Rihanna was "not allowed to wear make-up" until she was aged 16, so she would watch her mother, Monica Braithwaite, apply products in the mirror.
The 31-year-old R&B superstar - who has her own Fenty Beauty brand - was "obsessed" with watching her mother, Monica Braithwaite, apply her cosmetics when she was younger but she was never allowed to try them for herself.
She said: "My mum pretty much worked in the beauty and perfume industry for a long time - she did make-up for people and was a make-up artist - so I always loved that.
"I was not allowed to wear make-up for a very long time. But I would watch her in the mirror doing her makeup, obsessed."
The 'Work' hitmaker recalled the first time she was allowed to create a full beauty look on her face for her school pageant.