The force was definitely strong with Lupita Nyong'o at Wednesday night's Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere in London, where she paired her daring Proenza Schouler number with a graphic updo and a bold blue lip—you know, in true fashion to the star's rule-breaking approach to beauty. Nyong'o's makeup game for the Star Wars press tour has been particularly daring, prompting us to stalk both her and her makeup artist Nick Barose's Instagrams for tips on how each look came together, and that futuristic lip alone launched about a thousand hits of the refresh button, along with a few too many double-taps.
"To pull off fun, unusual color like this, the key is to keep the rest of the makeup not as colorful," Barose tells InStyle. "Even though it's dramatic, it's still fun, but completely wearable. The effect is feminine and not harsh." When going for the statement look on your own, follow the star's lead by sticking to eye shadows in the same color family (like the cool tones Barose used) without choosing shades that are too matchy-matchy.
Thanks to some inventive blending, where Lancome's eyeliner in Minuit ($27; lancome-usa.com) was repurposed as a lip pencil, the stellar lip came to life. "You have to get creative. Sometimes you can actually mix in eye products—whatever it takes to get the right color," Barose says. After a layer of lip balm, the pro filled her lips in completely with the deep sapphire shade to set the base, then used a lip brush to reapply a small amount of balm over the top. To finish, Barose dabbed the Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow in Sapphire Lace ($20; lancome-usa.com) at the very center of the star's lips. "This helped to brighten and enhance the metallic effect," he adds. At the risk of making an overused space pun, out-of-this-world does not even begin to describe the end result.