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Lorde wowed everyone with her David Bowie tribute at the 2016 Brit Awards, and displayed an understated yet glam beauty look as flawless as her performance. Makeup artist Amber D., a former art student who has worked with Lorde since meeting her at a photo shoot in 2013, created her “shimmering smokey eye” and spoke about how she did it.
Walk us through how you achieved the Lorde’s onstage look. What was the goal?
To create a worn in shimmering smokey eye to keep the whole look chic and polished but still cool. It’s always so important for the glam team to collaborate to achieve a look where all elements complement each other and paired with sleek middle parted straight hair was a dream.
What products did you use?
I created luminous sheer skin using Marc Jacobs perfecting face primer ($44) as a base to hydrate and smooth the skin, then lightly perfected the skin by buffing Marc Jacobs Genius Gel foundation ($48) through the middle of the face using the Smith Cosmetics #115 foundation brush ($28). This creates an even base that doesn’t look too heavy on TV and also in real life. Brows were combed up to look full using Marc Jacobs Brow Tamer ($24).
Eyes were a glam slightly worn in rock ‘n’ roll eye using Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel in Blacquer ($25) as a base and smudged into the eyelid using Smith Cosmetics #247 blending brush. Marc Jacobs eye shadow palettes ($59) in The Enigma and The Starlet were layered onto the lid to add glimmer and depth to the eye and to diffuse the edges — avoiding any hard lines.
An extreme false lash effect was added to the lashes using Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara ($26). Cheeks were contoured gently using Marc Jacobs powder in Mirage ($49). Lips were kept sheer using Marc Jacobs lip pencil [in] Honeybun ($24) lightly buffed over the lip and glossed using Marc Jacobs lipgloss [in] Pretty Thing ($28) for the perfect natural looking hydrated lip applied with the Smith Cosmetics Lip Brush #302.
How long does the makeup process usually take?
It depends on the event but usually around 30-45 minutes. When you work with someone so often you know the facial features, so you know what will work and what won’t, so if you need to work quickly it is much easier.
What was the energy like backstage?
Lorde and her team are always so fun and while we will all be focused on the task at hand we always make the most of every incredible experience together.
Did Lorde change her makeup before going out to any after parties?
We did a super quick change from smokey glittery into a sleek eyeliner look using Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er Precision Liner ($30) to complement her dreamy Vivienne Westwood black dress.
What is your favorite Lorde red carpet or performance makeup look?
There have been so many incredible beauty moments, but the Brits Bowie tribute was pretty special. It wasn’t about the makeup look at all, but being involved and creating something for such an important tribute to a music icon was such an honor.
What works well on Lorde and what do you generally avoid?
We are both big fans of a less-is-more approach to beauty, so we will always look for subtle elements that are chic but still powerful. There’s always a sheer lightweight glowing base application with a creamy highlight — skin that looks like natural glowing skin.
A photo posted by A M B E R . D (@amberdmakeup) on
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