Solange's Grammys Makeup Took Cues From Diana Ross

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Solange Knowles

Let divas be divas.

On the eve of her first Grammy win for Best R&B performance, Solange Knowles gave a nod to another award-winning diva in the same category through her makeup. Artist Dana Delaney was inspired by “the golden glamour of Diana Ross” for Solange’s shimmering look, she says, playing up her luminous complexion as the focal point.

“We want her skin to look healthy and even, so the rest of the look just falls into place,” says Delaney, who turned to her arsenal of Chantecaille products to create Solange's radiance.

To achieve that effortless, warm glow, Delaney began by prepping the skin with hydrating Chantecaille Bio Lifting Oil Free Fluid. For a layer of sheer coverage and to even out skin tone, Delaney matched Solange's complexion with a blend of Future Skin Foundation in Banana, and Suntan and Stress Repair Concentrate (using Le Camouflage Stylo Concealer for additional coverage).

Delaney then applied a layer Chantecaille HD Perfecting Powder in the musician's T-zone to combat shine, before bringing color to Solange's cheeks using Radiance Gel Bronzer and a buffing brush.

Using a damp makeup sponge, Delaney tapped Liquid Lumiere in Sheen on the apples of the cheeks and the center of the eyelids for a illuminating effect, before finishing off the look with a flash of Cheek Creme.

"I definitely don't think that a big awards show is the time to experiment as you only have a certain set amount of time to get the job done. It's important to listen to your client and deliver something that feels like them,” says Delaney, who has been working with “A Seat at the Table” artist for almost two years.

Delaney rounded out the retro look with a copper-and -old infused lid with graphic black accents penciled in, a neutral lip and Rose de Mai Body Oil mixed with a hint of Radiance Gel Bronzer all over Solange’s body for a final effect that the makeup artist simply describes as “ethereal, eclectic, and Solange.”

The best part of getting ready with Solange? “Her taste in music and her sense of humor,” says Delaney. “Probably my favorite moment was when she said I was a bit weird. Solange likes weird.”