Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has been in the spotlight lately, for acting as well as for her style, because the world cannot but love her stunning looks and her stellar performances. Luckily we get to have a sneak peek into what the preparation for a red carpet look for the gorgeous actress entails as her makeup artist Nick Barose opened up to

FAB Beauty Lupita (3)To complement her bold Gucci number for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, her makeup artist Nick Barose decided against the minimalist route for a bright, butterfly-inspired eye and a sheer pink lip.

FAB Beauty Lupita (1)According to him, “There’s the rule about using brights on only your eye or lip, never both, but I don’t think that’s true because some people can carry strong color well, and Lupita is someone who can pull it off. We go in there with an open mind, and she loves experimenting, so it’s a good collaboration. Besides, when you experiment, you can come up with a signature look!”

FAB Beauty Lupita (2)Speaking on how he prepped for the big event with Lupita, “We were listening to Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, India.Arie, Rihanna — just tons of feel-good music to get us prepared,” he told us. “We were all singing along to the lyrics, and it was really fun.”


Setting The Foundation

011814-SAG-lupita-3-400“I always make it a point not to do much contouring, because Lupita already has such beautiful features,” said Barose, who set the star’s foundation with a sweep of Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color in No. 70 ($58; A touch of the Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Emotion ($43; added a believable flush. “I might use dramatic color, but she always looks like herself.”


The Butterfly Effect

011814-SAG-lupita-4-400“I ran with the idea of using three to five colors on her eyes, but I didn’t want it to be overwhelming,” he said. “The key to keeping it wearable is to find a balance between each of the colors. The turquoise, blue, deep purple, and the hint of yellow all synchronized beautifully.” Inspired by the floral motif of her Gucci gown, Barose opted to create a butterfly wing-shaped eye to mirror the whimsical feeling. He used the Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Fascination in conjunction with the Soft Touch Shadow in Amethyst ($59 and $29;


Perfecting The Pout

011814-SAG-lupita-2-400“Originally I was planning for a subdued lip, but we went for a bright lip stain to marry the butterfly inspiration with the rest of the look—it’s almost the color of a peony,” said Barose, who lined the star’s lips with Chanel’s Precision Lip Definer in Framboise ($29; before applying the Rouge Allure Luminous Intense in Passion ($34; “The lipstick looks bright in the tube, but I applied it with a light hand and built upon it. Even though you’re breaking the rules, you see the colors in nature anyway, so they don’t really clash.”


The Final Look


Lupita Nyong’o and her makeup artist Nick Barose

And that’s a wrap! Nyong’O and Barose smile for the camera just before the star leaves for the SAG red carpet. “We always have so much fun, and I know that with her, I never do the same thing twice and it makes my job exciting, because I’m always wondering what we’ll do next,” Barose told us. “She’s open-minded, and she loves to experiment with color.”





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