At just 17, Yara Shahidi literally hasn't slowed down since she was six-weeks-old, appearing in commercials and ads. This year alone has given her a full workload. In addition to appearing on Black-ish, she's about to star in the Black-ish spinoff called Grown-ish, constantly empowers others with her social activism, and plans to attend Harvard in the near future. Oh yeah, and she was just honored with the Young, Gifted and Black award at Black Girls Rock 2017. Yup, Shahidi is that impressive. Not to minimize her accolades, but her eye makeup for the night was just as awe-inspiring.
Her makeup artist, Emily Cheng, shared exactly how she created what she calls winged "underliner." It looks similar to your standard winged liner, but "rather than starting from the upper lid — as you traditionally would — I created the line from the bottom lash line," Cheng tells Allure. So if you know how to create winged liner, you'll be able to easily nail this look, too.
Cheng started the "underliner" with the help of the Chanel Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Deep Purple. First, she lined along Shahidi's lower lash lines. Then, Cheng mapped out the shape of the wing with the purple liner, brining the line up a couple centimeters above the outer corners of the actress's eyes. To make sure the wings were as sharp as possible, Cheng re-shaped them with a cotton swab. Once they were precise, she pressed the Chanel Ombre Première Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in Vibrant Violet on top of the wing "to intensify the color as well as to help set it," Cheng explains. Plus, the shade mimicked the color Shahidi's dress.
For Shahidi's upper lids, Cheng swept on a light wash of Chanel's Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Mirage to "bring some sparkle to Yara's eyes," she says. Then, Cheng etched the Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Noir Intense along the root of Shahidi's upper lash line before smudging it out. To finish off her eye makeup, Cheng brushed on some mascara, of course.
To balance out Shahidi's look, Cheng opted for a sheer, stain-like shade for the actress's lips. First, Cheng neutralized the color of Shahidi's lips with foundation, which was a shade darker than the one Cheng used on her face, mixed with a nourishing lip balm. Then, she swiped on the Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Moisturizing Glossimer in Decadent overtop. Both steps were done with her fingers to keep Shahidi's lip color subtle and natural-looking.
With fall just weeks away, this jewel-toned, purple look is the perfect way to transition into the new season. Come September 22, I have a feeling you'll be able to catch me with my lids looking like Shahidi's more than once. I might even sub in an emerald green or burgundy.
Black Girls Rock 2017 will air at 8 p.m. on BET.
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