The Story Behind Lupita Nyong’o’s Denim-Inspired Met Gala 2021 Beauty Look

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And while the striking hair may have matched the sculptural nature of the actor’s Versace dress, Barose’s makeup took its cues from its blue hue. The makeup artist used ten different shades of blue—shadows pulled from two separate Lancôme Hypnôse 5-Color Eyeshadow Palettes, Bleu Hypnotique and the soon-to-release Drama Denim—with bright accents here and there for even more dimension. A rim of black eyeliner and brickish lipstick completed the look. The trick is a ’90s one, in step with Barose’s overarching inspiration. 

Photo: Courtesy of Lancôme
Photo: Courtesy of Lancôme
Photo: Courtesy of Lancôme

“We’ve been exchanging images of the denim dress, which is kind of my heyday,” explained Barose. “I was so inspired by the supermodels of the ’90s and Versace, so it’s something that’s second nature to me. But we didn’t want to do anything too on the nose. It’s a different spin.” The makeup artist also cites Old Hollywood and Western films as references, the shared characteristic of all genres that of a femme fatale—a woman who is strong, powerful, glamorous, and fierce. “Mostly fierce,” said Barose. “That word is thrown around a lot, but a Versace moment is always fierce.”

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