Lady Gaga’s Grammys 2019 makeup look: A step-by-step guide according to her artist Sarah Tanno

Lady Gaga’s Grammys 2019 makeup look: A step-by-step guide according to her artist Sarah Tanno

Poker face

Text: Emily Heng

Lady Gaga has never been one for subtlety. Sure, she's moved on from meat dresses and hats made of hair, but if the SAG Awards and Golden Globes are any indication, the opulence and glamour in each carefully crafted look is here to stay. And while we adore the periwinkle updo and deep oxblood lippie donned at previous award shows, our favourite has to be the smoky affair of this year's Grammy Awards.


Thought up by Marc Jacobs Global Artistry Ambassador, Sarah Tanno, the "blacquer" look was actually inspired by rockstar culture — and achieved with just seven products. Colour us impressed! Below, a step-by-step guide on how Sarah worked her magic — one precise flick of her wrist at a time. 

The classic smoky eye
For the eyes, Sarah "wanted the makeup to look lived in". She applied the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer on the outer corners of her eyes and smudged the liner so "it looked like she put it on yesterday".


Next, Sarah used her new go-to Eye-conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Steel(etto), and buffed the black shade Catwalks on top of the liner to diffuse the shade. She then applied the neutral shade The Concrete to naturally shape the eye.

To add more definition, Sarah layered Magic Marc'er Precision Pen Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Blacquer at the lash line. She skipped mascara and lashes to keep the focus on the shape of the eye and not appear too "glam".

The glowing skin
For Gaga's skin, Sarah used a dime size amount of Shameless Youthful-Look 24-h Foundation SPF 25 to even out the skin tone.


She added a touch of O!mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan in Tan-tastic! to shape the face and then set her T-zone with finish line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder.

The glossy pout
For the lips, Sarah only applied Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in Sugar Sugar for a glossy nude finish.