The Academy Awards have become one mega live action billboard and when stars like Janelle Monae strut down the red carpet, we’re all eyes. She, along with our other fave celebs go all out for this big day. They squeeze into stunning, custom-designed dresses and primp and prime with the industry’s best for hours before stepping into the spotlight. It all sounds a bit exhausting, not to mention, expensive.
But Janelle is one shining star who didn’t splurge on her Oscars beauty look. No siree! The 31-year-old who stars in Moonlight (which, yes, won Best Picture after much confusion) and Hidden Figures (which was also up for Best Picture) put together her Oscar face using inexpensive products, all available at the drugstore.
From her Elie Saab Haute Couture gown to her sultry dark lashes and peachy lip, we loved everything about Monae’s ethereal look.
“I wanted to keep Janelle’s lip look soft with a peach-toned nude lip,” says makeup artist Jessica Smalls. “I started by lining and filling in her lips with COVERGIRL LipPerfection Liner in Smoky and then applied a swipe of COVERGIRL All Day Color & Gloss in Profound Peach to give a muted touch of colour that would last throughout the entire award show.”
Well, Smalls, the lip products certainly do last, as suggested. En route to the awards, Monae enjoyed an Oreo cookie candy bar (someone filmed her sweet indulgence and she uploaded it to Twitter), and her gloss didn’t even seem to budge.
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) February 27, 2017
We also couldn’t stop staring at Monae’s glowing skin. “For a bronze goddess look I took some COVERGIRL truBlend Bronzer in Bronze and mixed it into her moisturizer to prep her skin,” says Smalls. “Once her look was complete, I defined her cheeks a bit more by blending COVERGIRL Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer in Ebony Bronze to intensify the glow.”
In case you’re curious, here are some other products that Smalls used to complete Monae’s Oscars makeup look:
· COVERGIRL So Lashy! BlastPro Mascara in Extreme Black
· COVERGIRL TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette in Nudes
· COVERGIRL Easy Breezy Brow Shape + Define Brow Mascara in Soft Brown
· COVERGIRL Easy Breezy Brow Fill + Shape + Define Brow Powder in Soft Brown
These stars who opt for everyday beauty products are great inspiration for us ordinary folk. It makes getting ready for a big event less daunting, because, hey, we can actually afford that look.