Mentally rewinding back to virtually almost every major awards show of the past season, for us at least, has been all about thumbing through Instagram or patiently biding our time on Twitter while waiting for one girl to appear on our timelines—Lupita Nyong'o. Whether it's a strapless, sherbert-hued Dior or ivory Calvin Klein cut-outs, it's apparent that girl knows how to throughly wear the hell out of a dress and any given assortment of vividly-pigmented lips and shadows. Oh, and as if slaying virtually every requisite best-dressed list in sight wasn't quite enough, then Nyong'o went ahead and landed herself a Miu Miu campaign for good measure.
And so when we got the chance to go behind-the-scenes of Glamour Magazine's March issue with Nyong'o and Dolce & Gabbana's National Makeup Artist, Christian McCulloch, we, as you would image, sort of jumped at the chance. And so who better to fill us in on Nyong'o—and the day of the shoot—in his own words than McCulloch himself? And while we all can't (unfortunately) be born looking like Nyong'o, McCulloch shared how to attempt to DIY her look at home—hint: it involves using eyeliner on your lips.
"Working with Lupita was an amazing experience. She was super sweet, very smart and excited to be there. It was my first time working with Lupita and I was brought in by the Glamour team to do her makeup. It was funny, actually because I am friends with Lupita's main stylist, Micaela Erlanger, so we immediately bonded over that.
The shoot was done in late 2013, in Brooklyn, and there was an energy in the air, a buzz really. We all knew that Lupita was at the cusp of taking off; this was before she had been nominated for her role in 12 Years a Slave. Everyone at the shoot was just excited to be there.
Overall this story was about exploring pastels and brights and finding a balance between the two. Lupita looked gorgeous and was not at all afraid of strong, atypical, directional, fashion-forward looks. Which I loved about her!
To achieve the lilac lip, it took a while to blend and create a great shade. To do so, I had to blot off the excess moisture and reapply for more concentrated pigment, and then re-blot—quite a process! This was done using Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Daring—available in March—for the most vivid color, mixed with Classic Cream Lipstick in Purple Pearl. In place of lip liner and for a more bold finish, I used the Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Lilac to mix in and create the most incredible bold, lilac pastel possible. To get the look, avoid lipsticks that are sticky. Use a creamy, bright and somewhat matte lipstick to achieve a look that stays. To keep lips moisturized throughout the day, I do recommend using a lip balm prior. Right now I am loving Nuxe lip balm."
"Lupita has gorgeous skin to begin with. I am obsessed with skincare and [a] natural look because nothing looks better than perfected skin. You can never go wrong with this. I always have the basics with me and that is: your Dolce & Gabbana Perfection Veil Pressed Powder in Biscuit over the skin to lightly finish and illuminate the skin. Accentuating the brows is also essential in creating a flawless and defined complexion, I used the Dolce Shaping Eyebrow Pencil in Stromboli for a thicker and darker eyebrow.
Lupita has a gorgeous, deep complexion that invites fun, vibrant makeup. You can take makeup to the extreme with Lupita and that is why it so fun to work with her. Her complexion can carry an electric eye, or a shocking lip. The trick for trying out vibrant makeup at home is to choose one look at a time, whether it be a lip or an eye or a cheek. Start with one layer and add to where YOU feel comfortable, using images for inspiration. Bold hues aren't for everyone and you want to make sure you don't feel like everyone is staring at your lime green eyes."