You know we're usually not in favor of costume hair or makeup, since it tends to end up looking like Bad Halloween. But, leave it to Katy Perry to make the "Princess Leia Slave to Jabba the Hutt" hair look red carpet amazing at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes on Saturday.
While the pop starlet's hair may be it a bit much for us civilians to pull off (we dare you to wear this braid to your office holiday party), her makeup is totally doable and beautiful for any night out on the town.
Get the Look: After moisturizing your skin, make sure you apply a primer like Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer to fill in pores, camouflage imperfections and prevent your makeup from absorbing into your skin.
Now, we've all seen those late night Katy Perry Proactiv commercials so we know she suffers from acne. Since this means the songstress probably didn't wake up with that flawless complexion, she probably applied a full coverage foundation or bb cream.
If you suffer from oily and/or problem skin like Katy, try a full-coverage mineral-based bb cream that will camouflage your blemishes without clogging your pores like Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream. Use your fingers to apply a dot to each cheek, forehead, and center of face. With your fingers or a makeup sponge, blend outwards. Tip: For a more flawless finish, after applying bb cream lightly dampen a makeup sponge and blot entire face.
Use concealer under eyes and to hide any redness or blotchiness, and prep eyelids with concealer or primer. Next, coat entire upper eye area with a flesh or cream-colored eye shadow. Then using a flat eye brush, apply a golden bronze eye shadow like Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Blunt to the eyelids.
Then, use a contour brush to apply a matte burgundy like Sephora Collection Eye Shadow in No 34 Red Wine in a back and forth windshield wiper motion in your creases. Create a V-shape with the outer corners of your creases and the outer corners of your eyes. Blend like crazy.
Using black gel or pencil eyeliner, line your upper lash line and smudge to soften the line. Next, with a flat eyeliner brush dipped in the golden bronze eye shadow, line the entire lower lash line and smudge to soften and blend. Complete the eye makeup with 2 to 3 coats of your favorite volume-building mascara.
To copy Katy's contoured cheeks, apply a powder blush like e.l.f. Studio Blush in Fuchsia Fusion in the apples of your cheeks, pulling upwards towards your temples. Soften the lines by lightly "buffing" in small circles with the brush.
Complete Katy's look by slicking on a long-lasting brick red lipstick like NARS Lipstick in Afghan Red. To ensure your lip color doesn't bleed, make sure you prep lips by exfoliating them with a sugar scrub or your toothbrush and line entire lips with either a matching lip liner or flesh-colored lip liner.
Even though a two-foot long swinging braid may be a bit too dramatic for date night, we are definitely going to channel this look by pulling our hair up into a braided topknot. Hello, instant face lift. We're obviously going to try this makeup look, especially those bronzy golden eyes. Flattering on all eye and skin colors, those golden shadowed eyes match all holiday outfits, even ugly Christmas sweaters (not that we're condoning wearing such things).