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SAG Awards Beauty: Lupita Nyong'o's Scarlett O'Hara-Inspired Red Lip

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The fashion all-star's makeup artist, Nick Barose, shared that he "wanted the lips to be 'Gone With the Wind,' but modern." Mission accomplished.

Scarlett O'Hara-inspired makeup and Nina Simone-inspired hair don't seem like a beauty match made in heaven, but on Oscar winner and, well, all-time fashion winner, Lupita Nyong'o, the random references just worked.

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The star hit the SAG red carpet in a plunging V-neck, multicolored Elie Saab gown with her flawless skin beaming. But it was the crimson pout that drew attention — the creation of her longtime makeup artist, Nick Barose.

"I wanted a bit of a Gone With the Wind feel, but modern, with glowing skin, glowing pink cheeks and red lips," says Barose. The red lip felt strong, but far from overdone, as Barose struck a balance between literal '40s glam and a warm wash of color.

Applying the lipstick directly from the tube for maximum intensity, Barose used Lancome’s Le Crayon Lip Contour ($25) in Garnet and L'Absolu Rouge Lipcolor ($30) in Caprice.

"Using the lipstick directly on the lips and not a lip brush will deposit the color best," says Barose, who chose the color combo upon seeing the varying red tones in Nyong’o’s dress.

"I wanted the lips to be Gone With the Wind, but modern," he says. "So it didn’t look like costume makeup."

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