Well its no surprise that Lupita slayed the red carpet at the Golden Globes, like she always does. While she does this so effortlessly, we can can’t help but wonder what goes into putting her flawless red carpet looks together. Well look no further, Style.com went behind the scenes to take a closer look into what it takes to ready the Oscar winner for the red carpet.
While it’s not clear which came first—the Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress or the Lancôme eyeshadow palette she named (and her makeup artist, Nick Barose, designed)—the two together made for a standout red-carpet look. “It was a match made in beauty heaven, and that shade of purple is so gorgeous on her skin,” said Barose of the lilac pigment washed across her lids. “We went for a romantic look with a ’70s disco flare: luminous skin, soft pink cheeks, bright magenta lips with a slight sheen, and purple eyes that mimicked the flower petals [on her gown].” To complete the package, Ted Gibson fluffed up Nyong’o’s crop of curls as the original Queen of Disco, Diana Ross, played in the background. Here, Barose offers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the prep process:
“Thai artist Kamui Lim’s prints always help my makeup station look happy and colorful. I had two lipsticks to pick from: Lancôme Color Design Lipcolor in Hit List and Rouge in Love Lipcolor in Violette Coquette. I ended up using Hit List, but I always like to have a few choices.”
“Champagne and good tunes are a perfect way to get red-carpet-ready. Diana Ross (aka The Boss) was blasting!”
“I prefer it when people apply mascara themselves—it’s easier to really get in there. The Grandiôse brush is bent at an angle, making it easy to do it yourself.”
“Hair pro Ted Gibson working his magic on Lupita—creating a modern and romantic fro.”
“Gotta see what fits in the clutch! I have a two-beauty-items-maximum rule, so it’s usually just powder and the lipstick.”
“Putting on bold lips isn’t hard,” Barose said of Nyong’o’s DIY video. “Always start in the center and swipe out toward the corners—this way, it will be symmetrical.”