Gotham Awards Beauty: One Makeup Artist, Two Standout Looks

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tessa Thompson Split - H 2014
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tessa Thompson Split - H 2014

Nick Barose shows us how he prepped Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tessa Thompson

It's the new faces and their willingness to experiment that ignites makeup artist Nick Barose's creativity: "I love working with fresh ingenue actresses for award shows because they are so open minded."

On Monday night he was in beauty heaven, working with two up-and-comers for the Gotham Independent Film Awards, Breakthrough Actor winner (for Dear White People), Tessa Thompson, and Best Actress nominee (Beyond the Lights), Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

"On Tessa, I went with a fresh, '40s glam with bold lips, and on Gugu, I went with sultry metallic eyes in silver and black with sexy pink lips and cheeks," Barose, who also works with Lupita Nyong'o, tells Pret-a-Reporter. "These two looks are totally opposite of each other and are perfect choices for the holiday season."

For Thompson, 31, Barose opted for Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Excentrique ($35), an orange-red, "which kept it more young and fresh and less serious than classic red," pairing  it with Chanel Joues Contrastes blush in Malice ($45), a warm peach shade. "The peach blush and orange lips complement her golden complexion," says Barose, who also played up the gilded theme with golden bronze on the eyes (Chanel Limited Edition Reve D'Orient, $70). To really make the eyes pop, he traced the lower lash line with Chanel Water Proof Eyeliner in 987 Or Blanc ($32), a metallic-tinged white pencil. "I didn't want dark color under the eyes that would compete with the lips. Instead, the shimmer makes it pretty and soft, and adds sparkle to eyes."

After 30 minutes prepping Thompson, he headed to Mbatha-Raw, 31, to create her "feminine, seductive" eye-centric look. Barose let her white Calvin Klein dress guide him: "I kept in mind that white always needs extra edge with makeup so it doesn't look too sweet." Using the Dolce & Gabbana Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Romance ($43), metallic silver and dark gray shadows, he "created a sultry eye that's not too dark or black, because the metallics and grays help define without shutting the eye down." Again, it took him roughly half an hour to complete the look.

Barose's clients were photographed chatting with each other at the awards, where they met for the first time. "I've been talking about them to each other, and they finally met!" And complimented each other's makeup, inevitably.