Being too matchy-matchy isn't a bad thing. If you don't believe me, allow me to point you toward Tracee Ellis Ross' latest look. The Black-ish star showed up to the 2018 Emmy Awards in head-to-toe pink. Her coral-toned pink eye shadow coordinated with her hot-pink lipstick and blush, which both matched her floor-length fuchsia organza gown, and the result was perfectly pink.
All the fun pink hues helped create a sunset vibe and took the place of jewelry, says makeup artist Lisa Storey. "Tracee is all about having fun with her makeup," she tells Allure. "She loves pushing the boundaries and trying something different and throwing off the norm." In this case, Storey focused on contrasting bold colors with fresh skin exclusively using Charlotte Tilbury products.
Creating Fuchsia Flushed Cheeks
To achieve the Ellis Ross' (who was nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy) modern pink-on-pink look, Storey started off applying the Magic Foundation in shade 9 with her hands before blending it in with the Hollywood Complexion Brush. This helped give Ellis Ross' skin coverage while still looking natural.
Then, Storey layered on five (I repeat, five) different blushes to create a dewy, vibrant effect. Initially, Storey buffed the Beach Lip & Cheek Stick in Ibiza (a bronze) onto the apples of Ellis Ross' cheeks followed by the same stick in Formentera (a berry). Next, depth was added with the Cheek To Chic Blush in the brand-new Pillow Talk shade and the watermelon pink shade called Love Is The Drug amped up the brightness of the overall blush look. Then, another cream blush was added to the mix: the Pretty Youth Glow Filter in Pretty Fresh. Storey focused this product on the tops of Ellis Ross' cheekbones.
"I just went for it," Storey says. "It's painterly. You're adding texture and giving life to [the skin] rather than it just being one perfect color." This style of layering helps add dimension and keeps the blush looked more like a natural-looking flush than '80s-style strip of color, Storey adds. Ellis Ross' cheekbones were also subtly contoured to emphasize her gorgeous bone structure.
Making the Coral Winged Shadow Happen
For Ellis Ross' eye makeup, Storey smudged on the Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eye Shadow in Bette (a gold) to create a shimmery base. Then, she surprisingly reached for a lipstick, the Hot Lips Lipstick in Tell Laura, instead of a shadow. "It's a matte orange-red, but more orange came out with I blended it, which was what I wanted it to be," Storey explains. At first, Storey dabbed it onto Ellis Ross' lids with her fingers. Next, she blended it out with a lip brush to sheer out the color. Then, to create the soft winged shape, Storey dragged the brush outward to bring the pigment into a soft point at the outer corners of Ellis Ross' eyes. This helped "give a bit of lift and dimension to the face," Storey adds. To help frame the bright color, Storey later drew a black liner along Ellis Ross' upper and lower water lines. Finally, she coated Ellis Ross' upper and lower lashes with the Legendary Lashes Volume 2 Mascara.
Bringing the Blotted Lip to Life
To top off the fuchsia fantasy, Storey blended together the Hot Lips Lipstick in Carina’s Love (a candy-apple red) and the Hollywood Lips in Screen Siren (a ruby red) to create the ultimate hot pink matte lip stain. She painted it onto the center of Ellis Ross' lips before blotting it outward with her fingertip. Ellis Ross prefers a more precise lip line than the blurred edges of the blotted lip look, so Storey went back in with the lip brush along the perimeter of her mouth to shapen up the lines.
No matter how many awards Black-ish ends up taking home tonight, Tracee Ellis Ross definitely wins Outstanding Use of Pink Makeup in our books.
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