Get the look: Selena Gomez's sleeky sophisticated makeup

Get the look: Selena Gomez's sleeky sophisticated makeup

Can't beat that face

Text: Renée Batchelor

It's just as well that Hung Vanggo won makeup artist of the year at the InStyle 2017 Awards — we're loving the look he created for Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez has been pulling out all the stops when it comes to her makeup look whether its in her music videos or IRL at awards shows. The man responsible for the flawless blending, enviable elegance and clever interpretation of trends for every major look? Her makeup artist Hung Vanngo, who Buro interviewed earlier this year. With a twist on the traditional smoky eye, thanks to a smidgen of sparkly, blue shadow and a soft, nude mouth, here's what you need to get this ultra-glam look. 

Cream foundation
The first thing you notice about this look is how perfect Gomez's foundation is, as well as the natural, glow-y matte finish. We favour a cream foundation applied with a beauty blender or foundation brush, and a light dusting of translucent powder on the T-zone to set the makeup without mattifying it too much. It helps if you have her flawless skin, but a high coverage stick concealer worn under your foundation to hide marks and scars, as well as a good smothing primer before foundation will ensure your visage is picture perfect.
Try: Clé de Peau Beauté The Foundation, $430

CPB The Foundation

A smoky eye palette
Gomez's perfect smoky eye is a combination of soft neutrals: Cream, brown and rusty eyeshadow. Recreate the look with this Nars makeup palette. Hint: You don't have to use every colour at once. Start with the vanilla shade as the base, use the dark brown at the crease and blend it out with the rust-brown shade to create a kind of sweeping, cat-eye finish in the corners. 
Try: Man Ray for Nars Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette, $80
Man Ray for Nars Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette, $80
Sparkly blue eyeliner
What makes this look subtly different? The hint of icy-blue liner that is placed near the tear ducts and up in the inner corners of the eyes. If you're using a cream shadow, make sure you have a very fine brush, as you don't want to apply too much. Not light-handed enough? Try a long-lasting gel liner with a shimmer finish, and blend into your eyeshadow to avoid it looking too stark. Finish by balancing your brows according to your makeup, tightlining on your lashline, and applying lots of volumising mascara. 
Try: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in 84 Blue Me Away

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gel Highliner in Blue me away

A creamy, nude lipstick
One of the key points of this look is the peach-nude lipsick in a lush, cream finish. Gomez's lips have been subtly overlined to create the illusion of a fuller pout, but there are no harsh lines visible. Use a lip pencil that matches almost exactly to your lipstick to create the outline, and fill in colour as a base, before applying the lipstick on with a lipstick brush.
Try: Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Rouge Pur Couture Dazzling Lights Edition in Le Nu

Rouge Pur Couture in Le Nu

A good hair oil
A good alternative to hair gel and lots of hairspray is using a hair oil for a sleek, centre-parted updo like what Gomez sported at the Awards. Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin told us it's what she uses on her clients, along with a medium-hold hairspray to get that sexy, glossy finish for a lot of her red carpet 'dos.
Try: Ouai Hair Oil, $42

Ouai Hair Oil