Oscars 2014 Makeup: Lupita Nyong'o


Makeup artist Nick Barose tended to the STUNNING Lupita Nyong’o, winner of the Best Supporting Actress award last night. This one was one of my favorite looks. Says Nick, “I wanted to pay homage to old Hollywood but not let the makeup come off too period or retro. So I took elements from classic movie stars like Liz Taylor—who was known for her cat eye—without being too heavy handed about it. We focused on an airy gray eyeshadow, slightly winged out at the outer corners, with peachy lip that’s ethereal and fresh for spring.

I dusted CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour in No. 70 on specific areas—the forehead, under the eyes, the bridge of the nose and chin—to brighten up the complexion. The camera loves it when the face looks all lit up! From there, I applied Le Blush Crème de CHANEL in Chamade in circular motions on the apples of the cheeks with a beauty sponge, sheering it down into a peachy color so you don’t see any of the edges of the makeup. It was almost like a watercolor effect.

After lining the upper lids with Ligne Graphique de CHANEL in Noir, I traced CHANEL Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Or Rose on the lower lid, which opens up the eyes and brightens your look. Then I swept the gray color from the CHANEL Ombres Tracées Quadra Eyeshadow in Jardin Zen on the center of the lid, and blended in the black shade at the edges to add dimension and a subtle wing. Then I put the peachy tone on the brow bone and the lower lashes—over the golden liner—which creates an illuminating, highlighter effect.

I wanted a lip that was sweet without being too sweet. I started with applying CHANEL Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care to prep the lips and followed the balm with CHANEL Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Mélodieuse, an angelic peach that still has a seductive edge. But a color like this can often disappear around the edges. So to prevent that, I first sketched on a pencil slightly darker than her skintone—CHANEL Aqua Crayon Lip Colour Stick in Brown Copper —just on the cupid’s bow and the corners of the mouth. Then I did two coats of the lipstick, and finished by tracing over the liner again with an angled makeup brush dipped in the lipstick. It’s a little trick to blend in everything, and add precision to your look.”

Additional products used:
• CHANEL Sublimage La Crème Texture Fine
• CHANEL Sublimage La Crème Yeux
• CHANEL Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Noir Cendré
• CHANEL Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Noir

What do you think of Lupita’s win and obv, her luminous makeup at the Oscars 2014?

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