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Lupita Nyong’o is always a treat on the red carpet (need we remind you of the tour de force that was her Us premiere circuit?), and once again, she did not disappoint at the 2019 Met Gala. Wearing Versace, as selected by Nyong’o, her longtime stylist Micaela Erlanger and Donatella herself, the look was a fabulously fun ode to the camp theme.
Her hair was styled by Vernon Francis, who said that he took inspiration from Marie Antoinette, as well as a self-portrait by artist Lauren Kelley, while her adorned nails were by Casey Herman. Her make-up artist, Nick Barose, spoke exclusively to Vogue about how he fashioned her look, complete with molten metal lids and radiant skin.
“For the Met Gala this year, we drew inspiration from the make-up that drag queen Divine wore in the iconic camp films of John Waters like Female Trouble, Pink Flamingos and Hairspray,” explained Barose. “The eyes and eyebrows are accentuated with a cartoonish vibe, making the look more than just a cat eye with something fun and over-the-top. I’m not doing it for fashion tonight – I’m doing it for Divine and John Waters!”
“I prepped the skin with Lancôme Absolue Revitalizing & Brightening Soft Cream on the face and neck, massaging it into the skin. We let it absorb, and then blotted the T-zone. I followed with Lancôme Advanced Génifique Eye Light Pearl and massaged under the eye area. Again, I let it absorb and then blotted with a tissue.”
“To keep her T-zone matte, I dabbed in a pea size amount of the Lancôme Prep & Matte Primer – you have to press it into skin, and then your make-up will last all night. Then, I applied Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation – Lupita’s shade is 550 Suede C – in the centre of her face, following with a warmer shade on the outer perimeter of the face to sculpt and slightly contour. Next, I used Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer in 510 under the eyes. I added blush onto her cheeks, using a dense brush to contour on cheekbones for a bold, ’80s blush look with added drama.”
“I primed the eyes over the entire lid, up to the brow bone, and set the primer with Lancôme Long Time No Shine Loose Setting Powder in Translucent. Using the Lancôme Ombre Hynôse Stylo Shadow Stick in Onyx, I lined the outer corners of the eyes and in the crease. Then, I buffed Lancôme Ombre Hynôse Stylo Shadow Stick in Bronze all over the lids and brow bone.”
“At the centre of the lids and inner corners, I used Lancôme Ombre Hynôse Stylo Shadow Stick in Monogold, and added a little to the centre of the brow bone for an added highlight. Using a small angled brush, I painted on brows with Lancôme Sourcils Gel in Noir. I drew above the real brow to achieve an unnatural, statement brow.”
“For an extra dramatic effect, I painted matching glitter in three different shades to hold dimension over the colours on lids, then traced Lancôme Artliner in Noir over the pencil liner, going over a few times to intensify. I then played up lashes by using individual Lashify Gossamer lashes, and layered Lancôme Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara in Black on top of lashes. Finally, a slick of Lancôme L’Absolu Lacquer Gloss in ‘Not Afraid’ on the lips for shine.”