How to Get Lea Michele's High-Impact, Smoky Gaze

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Lea Michele

Surprise! It's totally mascara-free.

When it came to Lea Michele’s smoky rose-gold eye for the Grammys on Sunday night, makeup artist Melanie Inglessis wanted ”to do a fun look that I have never done with [her] before.” And so she asked Michele to forego the most revered red-carpet makeup essential of all: mascara.

“I really wanted that eye color to pop because it was a feature of the look,” explains Inglessis, who drew upon the pink and peach beading in Michele’s Roberto Cavalli gown as the jumping-off point for the makeup. “Lea has very long, natural black lashes, and once you start putting mascara on, it covers up what’s underneath it, and would take away from that peachy-pink color. She didn’t fight me, but she was like, 'Are you sure?’”

As she does with every look, Inglessis began by hydrating Michele’s skin, this time using Chanel Le Lift Flash Eye Revitalizer on the eyes, Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum on the face and Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care on the lips and allowing it to sit for 10 minutes.

To create the shimmery, smoky eye, Inglessis dusted Chanel Illusion D'ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Émerveillé all over the eyelid, layered with the pink hue in the Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Cambon. Inglessis added definition in the eye crease using the dark purple shade from the same palette, then smudged the same pink shade beneath the eyes. Brow bones were highlighted with a lighter shade of pink, as were the inner corners of the eyes. Lashes were left untouched.

“It was a little out of Lea’s comfort zone, but eventually she trusted me and we went for it,” says the makeup artist. “She and I have been working so long together, so she trusts me, but she definitely says what she likes and doesn’t like.” Clearly, the gamble paid off.