How much are we loving this colorful yet sophisticated makeup on Taraji P. Henson at the 2013 365 Black Awards? The Person of Interest star didn't have to give up her love of a black winged eye, but instead made it summer-appropriate by adding a pop of teal liner to her lower lash line.
Complementing the bright eye makeup, Taraji opted for a delicious pink lip rather than weighing down this look with a heavy brown or berry lipstick. Nude would have worked, but let's face it, pink is always more fun!
We're also dying to know the actress and singer's brow stylist because those bold brows are coiffed to perfection. We know how easy it is to go plucking crazy when defining an arch, but Taraji's brows still have their natural thickness while still looking sculpted and clean.
Get the Look: Start by covering your entire upper eye area (from lash line to brow) with a primer or concealer and then follow by applying with a matte neutral eye shadow. This will give your eye makeup a foundation and ensure it doesn't melt faster than the ice cubes in your glass.
Next, use a peach eye shadow on your lids like MAC Eye Shadow in Motif and then apply a matte taupe like Maybelline ExpertWear Single Eyeshadow, Earthly Taupe Matte Finish in a V-shape from the outer corner of your eyes to the outer half of your crease (you want to stop mid-eye). Next, take a shimmery white or pearl eye shadow and apply it to inner half of your crease and bring it down to your inner corners. Now, blend like crazy.
To create your winged eye, you'll need black liquid eyeliner like Revlon Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black. Make a line along your upper lash line starting from the inner corner and, as the line passes your eyeball, start thickening it. Then, create the wing by continuing to draw the top of the line towards your temples.
Next, you'll want to add your little pop of color along your lower lash line. Use a teal eyeliner pencil like New York Color Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Teal on the lower lash line. Notice that Taraji only applied the liner to the outer half of her lash line to make her eyes look larger. If you end up lining your entire lower lash line it could actually make your eyes appear smaller.
To get Taraji's pink lips, start by exfoliating and priming your lips to ensure your lipstick goes on evenly and doesn't feather. Next, line your lips with a neutral lip liner like BECCA Nude Liner Plump & Define Lip Pencil. Apply a shiny pink lipstick like L'Oreal Lipstick in Tickled Pink (skip the gloss, which can get sticky and disappear in the summer heat) with a lip brush, then blot with a tissue, and reapply.
While Taraji applied a teal eyeliner to make her eyes pop (which by the way looks amazing with all eye colors), you should feel free to play with this look and use a purple or electric blue instead. The summer is the perfect time to rock those bold bright colors! And if your makeup tends to melt off faster than Gisele's baby weight, skip the winged eye and apply a bright colored liner to your top lash line instead. If that melts too? Then it will look like you cry in rainbows. Pretty.
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