How to Master Kerry Washington’s Met Gala Vixen Look

Monday night gave us the year’s best, most-anticipated and exclusive fashion event: the Met Gala.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit is an annual black-tie soiree held the first Monday of every May. While it does exist to raise money for the Costume Institute, the fashion world knows it more as the party of the year. The gala is ripe with A-List celebrities from the fashion, business, political and film worlds, dressed beyond the nines to the year’s theme.

This year, the theme was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which many interpreted as an excuse for futuristic dress worthy of Star Trek. (Just look at Taylor Swift, this year’s co-host, who could have served as the night’s disco ball.)

We love far-out looks as much as the next fashionista, but we also love it when celebrities give us looks we can use every day. That’s why, out of the hundreds of Best-Dressed celebrities who attended, we want to emulate Kerry Washington. The star took the theme for a darker turn, but we’re loving every bit of it—from the arm sleeves to the vibrant maroon hues. She gave us all the #BeautyGoals we need today.

Love her look, too? Here’s how to get it:

  1. Start with a light layer of foundation. The focus is on your eyes, so you don’t want to detract from them with a heavy look. Try 3 or 4 layers of Silk to get the no makeup makeup look.
  2. Apply a light contour. Using 2 drops of the next darker shade from your everyday foundation, lightly outline your jaw (skipping the chin). Move up to the cheeks and spray the hollows in a downward motion from your temples to your lips. (If you have trouble finding the hollows, suck in your cheeks like you’re making a fishy face. The hollows are the bits that suck in.) Now, outline your forehead along the hairline from one eyebrow to the other.
  3. Just above the hollows, but not quite on the apples of your cheeks, lightly spray blush (1-2 drops) in a downward motion. Remember that our blush is highly pigmented, so it doesn’t take much to get the look you want.
  4. For your eyes, start with a base layer of our Smoke eye shadow (ES-20). With 2 drops in your stylus, spray a light layer over your eyelids (from the lash line to just above the crease). Alternate your eyes as you spray on the layers (spray a light layer on your right eyelid, spray a light layer on your left eyelid, repeat) so that each layer can dry between applications. Next, put 2 drops of Black (ES-03) in your stylus. Starting at the outer corner of your lid, spray about halfway along the lash line. Using the same movement along the crease, you’re going to create a “V,” blending it out on the rest of your lid.
  5. Grab your highlighter (2 drops), and spray right beneath and above your eyebrow, on the highest parts of your cheekbones (right under the eyes), and in a straight line from between your brows to your chin.
  6. Finish with a translucent setting powder, your favorite lipgloss and some optional glitter, and you’re ready for the Met!

How to Get Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Carpet Glamour

Awards season is one of the biggest highlights of the year. The gowns! The shoes! The jewelry! (And, you know, the awards.) But most of all: The Beauty!

Jennifer Lawrence is one of our favorite starlets to watch glide (and sometimes stumble) down the red carpet. Her Dior Couture gowns never disappoint (marshmallow dress notwithstanding), and her next-level hair and beauty is always stunning.

At the 2016 Oscar’s, J-Law’s look was one for the books. She was stunning in a sheer, black lace gown with plunging neckline and cascading black feathers, landing her on ever Best Dressed list for the night. But, as always, her glamour continued with her hair and makeup. She opted for a pin-straight bob (so as not to overshadow the dress), and a soft but subtly sexy bronzed makeup look to complement the Dior gown.

Get the Look:

  1. Starting with our Silk foundation, apply light coverage to the entire face. One-to-two passes is plenty.
  2. Contour the hollows of your cheeks with foundation one shade darker than the rest of your face. (Starting at the temple, lightly apply the darker shade in a downward motion to your smile lines.)
  3. Use bronzer for your eye shadow. With 1-2 drops in the stylus, and holding the stylus close to your lid, apply the bronzer from the outer lid toward the inner in a gentle sweeping motion. (The motion is similar to using your traditional shadow brush.) Alternate eyes when applying, because the bronzer will darken as it dries. Alternating eyes will allow you to see the true color as you go. Layer the bronzer until you reach the desired shade.
  4. Take your favorite black liner (liquid, gel or pencil) and, starting from the center of your upper lash line, trace the eye toward the outer corner.
  5. Using a smudge-able eyeliner or dark shadow, trace the lower lash line from the outside toward the inner corner. Smudge as desired.
  6. With 2 drops of Glow in your stylus, gently highlight your inner eye area, high cheekbones, and just above your eyebrow.
  7. Finish with a brushed eyebrow (for a natural appearance) and pink gloss.
  8. Get ready to rock the red carpet!

Who was your favorite celebrity beauty look from the Oscars?

Getting Selena’s Grammys Look

Last night we saw the giants of the music industry walk the red carpet for the annual Grammys awards show. From Taylor to Adele, talent, style and beauty ran rampant, especially in the case of Selena Gomez. The singer took her “come and get it” mantra to heart with a serious smoky eye, glam waves and killer sexy Calvin Klein slinky, sequin dress in midnight blue.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a Hollywood starlet to get red carpet glamour.

  1. After applying your silk foundation, contour with bronzer. Hold the airbrush stylus roughly six inches away from your temple, just in front of the center of your ear. Using a gentle sweeping motion, brush the color down toward the corner of your mouth.
  2. Apply a light iridescent shadow to the inner corners of your eye, and just below the brow.
  3. Using a good black eye liner, trace your upper lid. Start at the center, then work outwards in a dramatic cat eye. Finish the line from the center to the inner corner. Repeat on the bottom, blending away harsh lines.
  4. Fill in the negative space between your liner and your light shadow with a dark bronze or purple shadow. Blend for a seamless transition.
  5. Finish the look with two coats of mascara and a statement brow.

Practice a few times before wearing this out, so you can be sure to nail the technique. You can get everything you need for this look on our website LuminessBeauty.com