In a sea of celebrities, we can always spot Janelle Monáe by her bright red lips and black-and-white uniform. Her ability to remain true to this aesthetic while reimagining her signature style in the most subtle ways is proof that the singer is a modern-day icon.
We were absolutely blown away by her look at the 2016 BET Awards, which she amplified with neutral smokey eyes and bold eyebrows. So we turned to makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes’ for tips and tricks to getting Monáe’s red carpet beauty. Watch the video above and keep reading below to find out exactly how to copy the “Electric Lady.”
Start with a smooth and even complexion by applying a matte foundation or powder. Next, use a small flat brush to place brown cream eye shadow like Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow onto lids. Layer a powder shadow over the cream (Hughes used the shade “Salsa” from the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette). To really make eyes pop, create a wing on the upper lash line with black liner (try the Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner) and apply mascara (MAC Upward Lash) to top and bottom lashes.
Now, on to lips! Outline and fill in your mouth with a red lip liner (we really like Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Kiss n’ Tell). This gives your lipstick something to adhere to and helps the color to last longer. Apply a matte red lipstick (CoverGirl Queen Collection Lip Color in See Red) on top and you’re all done!