Not only is Lupita Nyong'o a deserving award-winning actress, the 32-year-old has become the queen of making a bold statement on the red carpet while still looking effortless. And an outing to celebrate Star Wars "Force 4 Fashion" proved to be no different.
Nyongo, of course, looked ready to twirl in an A-line design by Zac Posen, which featured LED lights by Google. But it was her coordinating sparkling eye makeup that we needed to know more about. Luckily her makeup pro for the evening, Nick Barose, shared his important secrets with InStyle for pulling off silvery makeup with ease.
Barose began by revealing, "We went with a futuristic, metallic silver liner to play up the drama in her dress, which is naturally perfect for the holiday season." The celebrity makeup pro went on to add, "To make the look wearable and pretty, I start by adding black liquid liner along lash lines." This step is important to help define the eyes before adding the sparkle, otherwise, "if you only use silver lines it can end up shutting the eyes down."
"To make the luminous hue pop I traced the color on right above the black line." Lancome's Drama Liqui-Pencil in Lumiére ($23; sephora.com) was neatly smoothed over lids and slightly extended pass the outer corner to achieve a glamorous cat eye. "Then, with a small dampen liner brush, I traced the line with silver metallic eyeshadow from the Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Style Section ($20; lancome-usa.com)." Barose loves layering liner with shadows because the effect, "can be used to intensify the iridescent pigments."
"Since this look is about the graphicness of the lines, too much mascara or heavy lashes can easily be distracting. So we opted for just one coat of mascara to top off the eye-catching look."