Marsha Ambrosius stunned on the Black Girls Rock red carpet, and Black celeb makeup artist Jessica Smalls is the woman behind the magic. Smalls took the time to give EBONY.com readers an easy-to-follow “how to” on attaining the same show-stopping beat face in a snap!
On getting Marsha’s Smoky Golden-Brown Eyes:
“I created a thick line above the entire top lash line, using (my favorite liner ever!) MAC’s Pearlglide liner in “Lord It Up” and smudged the liner upwards, until the color began to fade. Then I applied Bobbi Brown’s “Medium Brown” to the crease and blended (in a windshield motion) to smoke the eye out. Rim the inner top and bottom water line with Cover Girls “Basic Black” liner, to get that sultry “come hither” look for the eyes. Lastly, fill in your brows with your favorite brow pencil and generously coat the lashes about three to four times with “Bad Gal Lash” from Benefit.
On getting flawlessly sun-kissed skin:
Start by prepping the skin using DDF’s ” Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer” as a moisturizer. Let that set in for about a minute and apply a layer of Smashbox’s ” Photo Finish” primer. Dab YSL’s “Le Teint Touche Eclat” foundation all over to achieve a radiant glow and barely there finish. Using a beauty blender, sparingly apply and blend (starting closest to the nose) Bobbi Brown’s “Creamy Concealer” to highlight and brighten the under-eye area. I started creating that sun-kissed complexion by applying CoverGirl”s Queen Collection Bronzer in “Ebony Bronze” to the temples, across the cheek bones, the jawline and a sweep across the nose. Make a big smile and apply Tarte’s blush in “Tipsy” to the apples of the cheek and finish off by dusting Make Up For Ever’s “Super Matte Powder” from forehead to chin.
On getting the perfect nude lip:
Apply Eve Lom ” Kiss Mix” lip balm (which is ridiculously moisturizing) to the lips and dab the smallest bit of foundation on top. Apply Mary Kay’s lip gloss in “Melon Sherbet” to your finger and press the color to the center of the mouth, rub lips and behold a perfectly luscious nude pout.
-Melanie Yvette Martin