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.
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.
I mixed the 2 Lancome palettes below together to create a smouldering dark green..
Added this rich shade of terracotta to Lupita’s cheeks..
Lips For maximum lipstick pigment, apply, blot and apply again.
Illustration of Lupita in Dior by Holly Shorthall
Last October I had the pleasure of working with a very special newcomer- Lupita Nyong’O, who was in London for the press and screening of Steve McQueen‘s much anticipated ‘12 Years A Slave‘ starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.
I was thrilled when I got confirmed as I rarely get to make-up someone with Lupita’s skintone for the red carpet. The chance to be able to do something glamorous (rather than editorial which is usually more conceptual or ‘urban’) using my favourite new products was a fabulous opportunity.
I ensured that her skin was moisturised but not oily. This is particularly important for darker skins that are being photographed with flash. Flash isn’t a friend to dark skin, it can turn a perfect application of healthy, glowing make-up into an appearance of simply being greasy.
Having said that, I don’t mind a little shine, there has been a tendency for many women of colour to overdo the powdering for fear of the shine, but personally, I find it old-fashioned and a little ageing. Skin can look a little ‘dead-looking’ when velvety matte, especially in real life and under the crude light of red carpet shots.
I applied two shades of Mac Studio Fix with a sponge, starting at the centre and around the eyes with NW48 (lighter, more orange with neutralizes grey/ash) and finished around the edges of the face in the darker NW58.
Then I powdered, using Bobbi Brown‘s Loose Finishing Powder in Basic Brown with a brush (and again just before she went out).
Next up was Nars Blush in Exhibit A, and I love to put rich terracotta tones back into dark skin, plus it’s very complimentary with the Red/Coral-toned lipstick.
Now for the eyes… Illusion D’Ombres by Chanel are one of the greatest innovations in eye shadows in years-and I mean that. They act like a cream, look like a powder, and are so easy to use that they make everyone look like a pro! I love to use them with my fingers. Lupita wears Apparition here.
Lupita loves colour and she requested a ‘coral-y red’. I love this Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Heatwave.
I often use individual eyelashes on the red carpet, they are not so difficult to use and are often found cheaply at chemists/drugstores- but remember to get a dark glue as the white can often be detected. Duo have the best ones.
Eyelash curlers also make a HUGE difference to eyelashes.
My favourite at present is Rimmel London Lash Accelorator in Black.
And for shine control, better to keep blotting papers with you rather than powder alone. This will help avoid a chalky-looking build-up.
Chanel have a gorgeous blotting paper compact with a mirror, but you can get them in chemists/drugstores everywhere these days.
So that’s the Lupita lowdown from London, Hope you enjoy giving it a try…
Hair by Vernon Francois.