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GET THE LOOK: Lupita Nyong’o at ESSENCE’s Black Women in Hollywood Event

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Lupita Nyong’o was honored today at the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood event at the Beverly Hills Hotel and received an award for “Best Breakthrough Performance” for the her role in the film “12 Years a Slave.”

Hollywood’s top makeup artist, Nick Barose, shared the inspiration and “how-to” steps using L’Oréal Paris, YSL, Lancôme and Giorgio Armani products necessary to replicate her naturally sophisticated look.


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INSPIRATION: Lupita wanted a natural, yet polished, look. Nick used warm colors on her, including a light plum liner on eyes, coral on cheeks to give the look of a natural flush, and soft rosy lips to give a bit of contrast with her ivory colored dress. The final look was sophisticated and elegant, yet still youthful.



STEP 1: Gently dab the YSL Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream Skintone Corrector in Dark ($50) into skin to hydrate, soothe and add radiance. Then gently apply L’Oréal Paris True Match Naturale Mineral Foundation in Soft Sable ($15.99) over the foundation to give skin a flawless finish and even out skin tone.

STEP 2: Use the YSL Eyebrow Pencil in 005 Ebony ($30) sparingly to fill in and shape brows, and then brush with a clean spool brush to even out and distribute color.

STEP 3: To highlight eyes, first add a winged line above the upper lash line and beneath the lower lash line using the (add L’Oreal Paris in the product name and link) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Plum ($8.99) as it’s a perfect color for daytime that plays well with darker skin tones. Gently tap Lancôme Color Design Infinité Eye Shadow in 102 Timeless Taupe ($25) above the liner onto the lid to add a more bronzy color to the eyes. Apply two coats ofL’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Black ($8.99) to the upper lashes.

STEP 4: Dab cheeks lightly with a cream blush first, such as Giorgio Armani Blushing Fabric in Fresh Baby Pink ($39), to add a natural flush. On cheek bones only, dab a little bit of L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blush in Coral Lift ($12.99) to add a finished soft glow.

STEP 5: Create a polished glossy lip using L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche in 303 Rouge Allegro($9.99).



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