Look of the Week: Lupita Nyong'o's Two-Tone Purple Eye Shadow

01/15/2016 at 04:57 PM ET

We’re constantly updating our Last Night’s Look gallery with all the best red-carpet moments (gorgeous dresses! dazzling accessories! sky-high heels!). Now, let’s talk beauty. Each week, we’ll be highlighting one of the most gorgeous makeup and/or hair moments, along with details on how to recreate the look — straight from the makeup artist or hairstylist — in our feature, Look of the Week.

After a weekend of gorgeous beauty looks from the star-studded Golden Globes, we wanted to bring you something fresh. Enter: Lupita Nyong’o’s blue-meets-purple eye shadow look, worn to Marie Claire‘s inaugural Image Maker Awards in L.A. We tapped celebrity makeup artist Carola Gonzalez for all the scoop on the cool two-tone shadow moment.

Lupita Nyong'o makeup how toJB Lacroix/WireImage

The look, which Gonzalez describes as “fresh, effortless and chic,” was the product of a custom eye shadow blend she created to team with actress’s pleated dress.

“On Lupita’s eyes, I wanted to use a shade that complemented the shade of blue of the dress and didn’t want to go with the usual grey or navy blue palettes,” she tells PeopleStyle. “I wanted something more original, so I created my own eye shadow shade by layering lavender and plum.”

So how exactly did Gonzalez get the one-of-a-kind shadow look? She began by layering the two colors — the lavender and plum hues — from the Lancôme Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in 306 Lavender Grace. She then applied the lavender shade all over the star’s lids, blending up the crease, and then brushed on the plum shadow directly on top of the lavender. For an all-over effect, the makeup pro then lined the plum hue on the bottom lashes.

On the outer edges of the eye, Gonzalez applied Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Noir and blended for a slightly messy appearance.  She repeated that process again on the inner lash line and on the bottom of the eye. With a few coats of Lancôme Hypnôse Drama in Excessive Black, the eyes were complete!

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As for Nyong’o’s glow, Gonzalez gave the star a subtle cheek with a berry blush (Lancôme Blush Subtil in Shimmer Midnight Rose), and didn’t have to do much more, as Nyong’o is naturally luminous, says the makeup pro.

“Lupita has naturally dewy, radiant skin,” says Gonzalez, who also offered up a tip to readers to achieve that same level on luminosity. “After makeup application, or at least foundation, grab a tiny bit of hydrating moisturizer (make sure it’s not oil-free) and rub it on your hands and dab on cheekbones, forehead, nose bridge and chin.”

You’ll be glowing in no time!

–Sarah Kinonen

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Frolicking on

Love her she just has that air of sweetness. I dont know why i think she looks like a black jessa duggar

Vamanos on

I’ve been wanting (new) purple eyeshadow.
Lupita does have very nice skin.

Do you think I am serious? on

Beautiful hair and skin color. To die for.

Eli on

Lupita has great skin but the makeup artist went WAY overboard on highlighting powder here. Her face is over-shimmery and shiny and looks like it needs to be blotted. If her face weren’t so shiny, the lovely shimmery eyeshadow would show up better.

L on

Beautiful Lady !

Babette on


Marsha William on

Now people are going to make a big deal out of everything now.

Penny on

So, violets on a bed of potting soil? Unimpressed.

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