Singer-songwriter Lola Young returns with “Ruin My Make Up,” a triumphant ode to the many facets of womanhood. Produced by manuka and Paul Epworth, the somewhat solemn single marks the South London-native’s first release of the new year and showcases her knack for storytelling. With both the weariness of a woman worn from stifling her emotion and the boldness of one who’s found her voice, Lola sings of the many masks women are often forced to wear.
She chose to keep it simple while continuing to channel all this energy for the accompanying video. She champions the spotlight as she stares straight into the camera and performs the track’s powerful lyrics. Each note is felt as she sings, as it becomes evident that this is all very personal. She explains, “‘Ruin My Make Up’ is a song I wrote about the duality of a person, well me,” explains Lola Young. “I was in a place at the time where I was trying to figure out whether my confidence was hindered by my vulnerability. If I cry about you, it will only ruin my makeup. It’s a sad song at heart but it has elements of strength and power. It touches on my journey through life, struggling with acceptance whether that be through religion or friends or drugs or, most importantly, through love.”
Listen to and watch “Ruin My Make Up” by Lola Young below, and be sure to add the track to your collection from your preferred digital platform.