The three things that makeup artist Sam Fine focused on achieving when creating Queen Latifah's Oscar look were glowing skin, beautiful lashes and flushed cheeks. "I wanted to create a classic look that I wouldn't look back on in four years and regret," says Sam. "Gowns compete for attention at this award show so we wanted to create a look that complimented her gown, instead of overpowering it."
Fine How To:
Sam started by shaping the eye with a golden brown shadow as well as a touch of burgundy shadow that complimented blue dress. "I focused on complimenting the skin tone, not matching the dress," admits Sam. "Some may think to wear blue or gray shadow when doing a blue dress but I didn't want the makeup to be wearing her. Browns enhance Queen's complexion and the subtle shadowing brings out her features naturally."
Next, Sam lined her eyes with a liquid liner and of course, applied false lashes, fusing them to her natural lashes with thick coats of mascara. "You can't hit a red carpet event without a false lash," states Sam.
To achieve this eye, try:
CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 4-Kit in Drama Eyes, $5.61 at drugstore.com
CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 1-Kit in Golden Sunrise, $3.47 at drugstore.com
CoverGirl LineExact Liquid Liner in Very Black, $6.88 at drugstore.com
CoverGirl LashBlast Luxe in Black Platinum, $7.99 at drugstore.com
For the face, Sam mixed bronzer with a bit of blush on the outer perimeter of Queen's face - creating "a halo of glow," says Sam. "Never apply bronzer and blush to the center, you want it all around the face."
To create a halo of glow:
CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Bronzer in Brown Bronze 1, $8.18 at drugstore.com
CoverGirl TruBlend Microminerals Blush in Shimmering Sands, $10.99 at drugstore.com
For the lips - it was nude with gloss, nicely lined and shaped. After lining, Sam used a lipstick and topped it with shimmering gloss for definition.
To define your lip like Queen's:
CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Cinnamon Smile, $7.29 at drugstore.com
CoverGirl Wetslicks AmazeMint in No Care Bare, $6.25 at drugstore.com
Bonus tip: "When wearing a bare gown, don't be afraid to take the bronzer down to the neck, chest and shoulder areas to really make it shimmer," advises Sam.