Yara Shahidi Goes For a High-Impact Eye at the Emmys

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It’s a “grown-ish” look for the "Black-ish" star, says artist Emily Cheng

For Yara Shahidi’s makeup artist Emily Cheng, one word best sums up the Black-ish star’s 2017 Emmys look: “Grown-ish,” says Cheng. “I often go in a younger and playful direction for her makeup, but because her [Prada] dress is more feminine, the team and I wanted to include an element of edginess to the overall look.”

Drawing upon graphic liner references, Cheng laid emphasis on Shahidi’s eyes with a look that was equal parts sultry and sculptural. After outlining the starlet's eyes with a combination of Écriture de Chanel Eyeliner Pen in Noir and Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner, Cheng softened the edges with Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in Noir Satin, lightly blending the edges of the liner with Les Pinceaux de Chanel Eye-Contouring Brush. “It adds an element of smokiness to the look,” she explains.

Her pro tip for doing this at home? “If the tip of the liner gets a bit blurred you can re-shape the ends with cotton swabs and a bit of makeup remover. This will instantly soften and add an element of smokiness to what otherwise would have been a sharp graphic liner,” she says. Cheng finished the eye with Chanel Ombre Première Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in Poudre d’Or in the inner corners, adding a pop of gold while tying the makeup to Shahidi’s dress.

Topping off the look with a neutral lip in Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Moisturizing Glossimer in Burnt Sugar and a lightly contoured and glowy cheek using the same golden eyeshadow layered with Chanel Palette Essentielle in Beige Medium blush, Cheng sent Shahidi down the carpet—but not before tucking her lipstick, Chanel Rouge Coco Baum Hydrating Conditioning Lip Balm and Clean & Clear oil blotting sheets into her clutch.

 “From color to unique liner shapes, Yara really embraces the fun one can have with makeup,” says Cheng.