Lupita in Emerald

Lupita cartoon

Illustration by Holly Shorthall

Posted by Kay

I first met Lupita Nyong’O in London when we did press together for 12 Years A Slave in London last October (you can read all about that here).

She has since become the darling of 2014 awards season, not only because of her phenomenal performance in the film, but how she seems to scene-steal every red carpet event she walks upon!

Before I tell you about the make-up details, I must say that one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is spending time with a talented woman in the first glorious rays of recognition, and being fortunate enough to play a small part of how they are forever remembered at that special time, via the paparazzi’s lens.

Seeing Lupita again for the Bafta 2014 weekend was wonderful and her nomination for Best Supporting Actress as well as the EE Rising Star Award meant that all eyes would be on her, her dress-and her make-up!

Her gown, as you all know by now was spectacular. Emerald Dior couture- isn’t that the most glorious of colours and let’s just tell it, few people wear colours like this Kenyan beauty.

Here’s what Make-up I used:


Lancome Teint Idole Ultra (shade 15) as a sheer fluid base.

Lancome Air De Teint (shade 13) under and around the eyes and at the top of the cheekbones.

Lupita's Lancome Foundation

I mixed the 2 Lancome palettes below together to create a smouldering dark green..


Hair by Vernon Francois


Added this rich shade of terracotta to Lupita’s cheeks..












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Blush: Lancome Blush Subtil shade 032


Lancome Hypnose palette D03








Lancome Hypnose palette DR3









Smudged in black pencil & onto the water line..Liquid liner created a flick followed by 2 coats of Hypnose Doll Eyes- in black.



Lupita Nyong'O Beauty Shot

Earrings by Ana Khouri


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Lancome Rouge in Love in 185N









Lips For maximum lipstick pigment, apply, blot and apply again.





Winner of the Red Carpet 2014 award goes to Lupita Nyong’O




























Illustration of Lupita in Dior by Holly Shorthall


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  1. sepia865

    The best combination of red lipstick and green eyeshadow that I’ve seen to date. Great job, Kay. Lupita looks beautiful!

    February 19, 2014 at 7:15 am
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