With the Screen Actors Guild Awards this Saturday, I imagine we’ll see a bold lip or two on the red carpet. Makeup artist Nick Barose—the man behind the ever-changing maquillage of nominee Lupita Nyong’o—says playing up your mouth is a good move, if you know the tricks of the trade. “You’d be surprised how quickly I apply lipstick to my clients…I’m not the kind of guy who layers too many products or takes twenty minutes just to do the lips—three to four minutes max,” he said. Here, Barose offers up his speedy tips:
1. After prepping your mouth with a good balm, apply lipstick directly from tube. “You get more intensity this way and you won’t need to keep layering,” he explained. Always start from the center and draw outward to ensure symmetry. “I think I learned this from watching my mom apply lipstick in the car while my dad was driving—she’s the queen of bright reds, fuchsias, and corals, and she can [put them on] perfectly in no time,” he added. Like mother like son.
2. “I’m not big on matching lip liner—especially when it comes to bright shades,” he said. “The pencil can create such severe lines, which can be aging.” He prefers a lip brush from Chanel. “It cuts in at an angle so you can be precise and build the shape softly,” he said.
3. To make your mouth pop, gently dab a brightening concealer (like Sisley Phyto-Cernes Éclat Eye Concealer) around the edges of your lips using a brush. “It creates a backdrop for bright color,” said Barose.
Judging by Nyong’o's past beauty performances, I’m hoping she shows up this weekend wearing a dramatic lip—and leaves with a win.