It looks like we've come to the end of an era…not even Lupita Nyong'o can have a perfect winning streak. We honestly thought she could easily sail through award season without a beauty miss, but lo and behold the Twelve Years a Slave star broke her flawless record with a hairstyle that looks like a cross between Hellboy and Miley Cyrus at the MTV Music Awards.
What was Lupita thinking? It's so unlike her to make bad beauty decisions! Well, at least she made up for the hair with a gorgeous orange makeup palette. We were totally obsessed with the tangerine and black eye makeup along with that glossy orange lip.
Beauty Bailout: This isn't rocket science. We've loved every other hairstyle that Lupita has worn on the red carpet. She has such a stunning face that no hairstyle should ever detract from it.
Get the Look: Okay, put your hand over Lupita's hair and let's focus on the gorgeous makeup. Start by prepping your upper eye area with an eye primer or concealer. Next, apply a shimmery tangerine eye shadow like Jane Cosmetics Shimmer Eye Shadow in Canyon from the upper lash line to the crease.
Then, apply a matte black eye shadow like NYX Cosmetics Nude Matte Shadow in Black with a small round eye brush in a V-shape from the outer corners of the eyes to the outer corners of the creases. Go over the V-shape, adding more and more pigment, and without dipping the brush again, apply it to creases towards the inner eye corners. (This will just add the right amount of pigment to the rest of your creases.) Blend like crazy.
Once eye shadow is blended, apply a long-lasting matte black eyeliner pencil like Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner in Blacquer to the outer half of the upper lash line, making the line thicker as you get towards the outer corner. Then, if your eyes aren't sensitive, line the waterline with the black eyeliner.
Next, take an eyeliner brush dipped in the tangerine eye shadow and line the entire lower lash line. Complete the eye makeup with two to three coats of your favorite volume-building mascara.
To get Lupita's stunning glossy orange lip, start by exfoliating lips with a lip scrub or your toothbrush. Tip: make your own lip scrub by mixing a teaspoon of baking soda with a few drops of water. Apply the paste to your lips and rub in circles and rinse.
Next, line lips with a neutral lip pencil and apply an orange coral lip gloss like Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté in 103 Opium Persan.
We really did love Lupita's makeup—it's just a shame that she broke her perfect record with this hairstyle. We're thinking it may have been a dare. We know she won't be taking chances like this come Sunday...
Whether the Oscar nominee wears her hair short and natural like at the Calvin Klein Collection fashion show or teased up at the crown, we just know that Lupita is going to be one of the best looks of the night.