Unofficial makeup rules say that you should balance out a bold eye with a neutral lip or vice versa. This helps provide a focal point for your face and isn’t too distracting. This creamy brown lipstick that Rae is sporting is beautiful and makes a great nude. She’s wearing a mix of Full Spectrum Color Idol Satin Lipstick in Undone and Royalty ($9.49, Ulta.com). Simkin stated, “The satin and matte finishes of her lips help balance out her matte and shimmery eye in a way that gives her a more hydrated look opposed to being too matte or too shiny.” If you don’t want to buy two lipsticks to create this color, try Fenty Beauty Stunna in Unveil ($24.00, FentyBeauty.com) and place a little glossy lipstick over it like Glossier Lip Gloss ($14.00, Glossier.com), which is a great dupe for MAC Lipglass.
What did you think of Issa Rae’s look at the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards? Will you be trying this bold smokey eye for your next night out? Share your look with me @TheIslanDiva and @HelloBeautiful, we all want to see!
Danielle James is Head of Fashion and Beauty Partnerships for HelloBeautiful and MadameNoire. She’s the Founder of Model Citizen, a peer-to-peer shopping platform that allows women to shop each others’ closets. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter: @TheIslanDiva.