#WomanCrushWednesday: Lupita Nyong'o

#WomanCrushWednesday: Lupita Nyong'o

Beauty hero

Text: Renée Batchelor

Bold, experimental and kick-ass, Lupita Nyong'o wore some killer beauty looks this year

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o is not just a good actress with a preternaturally wise voice (see Star Wars: The Force Awakens), she has some enviable red carpet style as well. But what's a cutting-edge gown with boring makeup and typical, long tresses?

Nyong'o not only embraces her natural curls, but has them sculpted and styled into futuristic-chic looks reminiscent of Grace Jones. And let's talk about her makeup! Under the experimental hands of her makeup artist Nick Barose, she has donned some pretty out there looks that more than push the envelope. Barose also knows how to tone things down when the occasion (or the dress) calls for it. Here are three of our favourites in 2015.

Blue Lips
When's the perfect time to pull out the metallic blue lip look? At the premiere of the biggest movie of the year... heck make that the decade. We're loving the slightly 80s, Blade Runner-vibes. Note the fishnet in Nyong'o's hair and oversized earrings. According to Barose's Instagram, the blue lippie was not created with actual lipstick, but by mixing Lancôme's Absolu Lip Balm and DramaLiqui Eyes Pencil in Minuit as a base and then adding metallic blue in the centre of the lips by dabbing the Colour Design Eyeshadow in Sapphire Lace. Eye makeup as lipstick? Who knew?
Lupita Nyong'o blue lips 
Girl with a pearl(escent) makeup look
Who could forget her show-stopping, if slightly precarious Calvin Klein Collection gown at the 2015 Oscars, created with more than 6,000 pearls. To complement the creaminess of the dress, Barose gave her glowing skin, silver-grey smoky eyes and a metallic, aubergine lip that was tinged with a touch of chocolate. It was stunning without detracting from the dress. 

Lupita Nyong'o Pearl dress

Heavy Metal
At Dior's Haute Couture show in July 2015, Nyong'o let her bright, orange dress do most of the talking and wore sparkly black and grey eyeshadow, and a cool, nude lip that was perfectly matched to her skin tone. Perfection.

Lupita Nyong'o Dior Haute Couture

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