It’s no secret that Kenyan actress/style-icon Lupita Nyong’o pretty much slays every time she walks out the door, but the look she debuted on Wednesday elevated her to goddess status. While celebrating the premiere of her latest film, Queen of Katwe, in Johannesburg, South Africa, the 33-year-old stepped out in a multicolored crocheted halter dress (the woman loves to wear color), black head wrap, and gold hoop earrings.
But it was her seriously on-point makeup look that stole the show and stunned fans on Instagram, where she shared several photos of her devastating style. We may not have a video tutorial just yet, but we do have a description from Nyong’o’s makeup artist, Nick Barose, who did the genius job. On his Instagram, Barose describes the “dramatic eyes and lips with a touch of gold details” that he gave the star for her red-carpet outing.
Barose used a Lancôme palette to achieve the look, including the brand’s Color Design Lipstick in the deep burgundy hue “Fashion Forward” for the actress’s jewel-toned pout, which is echoed on the apples of her plum-colored cheeks.
For her high-impact eyes, Barose applied Color Design eyeshadow in “It List” to saturate the actress’ lids up to the brow line in shimmery purple. Then he accentuated the drama by dotting the outer arches of her brows using metallic gold pigment from Lancôme’s Color Design 5 Pan eyeshadow palette in “Kissed by Gold.”
For “extra high shine metallic highlight,” Barose wet the pigment using Mehron Makeup’s Mixing Liquid before applying the eye makeup. “Add a touch of metallic gold highlight on inner corners of eyes, center of lips, and [above] brows,” he advises in his Instagram caption.
The look — which echoes festival beauty we’ve seen on celebs like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Vanessa Hudgens — is reminiscent of Bengali bridal makeup, and is more than likely a nod to the Indian-American director of Queen of Katwe, Mira Nair. Barose notes that he also did makeup for Nair; her lips were covered in L’Absolu Rouge in Rouge Absolute by Lancôme. Nair’s look was topped off with traditional Indian jewelry: a tikka, which is a head chain with pendant.
Nyong’o captioned one of her full-body photos “Considering Balmain,” a reference to the designer of her rainbow dream of a dress. On its Instagram, the French fashion house — led by creative director Olivier Rousteing — shows a model wearing the dress strutting down the runway as part of the label’s Balmain Resort 2017 Collection. The designer is clearly proud to have Nyong’o rock the look; Balmain’s Instagram also features pictures of the actress at the premiere.
Instagrammers were stunned by the actress’s striking look, with one commenting, “You’re a work of art, sister,” and another adding, “I’m just gonna stop trying and bow down to our rightful Queen.” Of the dress, one fan wrote, “Wearing the hell out of it … better than the runway model.”
Aside from her earrings and metallic makeup, Nyong’o went relatively jewelry-free at the event. Because when you’re giving face this good, do you really need baubles too?