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Beauty Look to try: Lizzo’s chocolate-inspired Brit Awards face

Feb. 26, 2020
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There’s no denying that Lizzo is pretty much the queen of the world right now. From her incredible tunes to the fact she plays the flute live on stage, no one can do it like her. Another arena in which she reigns supreme? That’s gotta be the world of makeup.

Her look at this week’s Brit Awards was a total scene-stealer. And the tonal brown look is perfect for an at-home recreation. You know the drill by now—so let’s go! 

As with any makeup look, you’re going to want to start with a moisturizer. Foundation just doesn’t go on properly without it. I’ve been loving a mixture of the Juice Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer and the Glossier Futuredew—about a half-and-half ratio. It gives luminosity without looking overly greasy, which means foundation melts beautifully on top.

Speaking of foundation, a new love of mine is the Fenty Beauty Hydrating Foundation. It has everything I liked about the original formula (coverage, lasting power, shade range) but none of what I didn’t (dry, flaky, tight-feeling finish). Apply just a small amount starting at the center of the face using the Juno & Co Microfiber Sponge and go from there. Less is more with base products when you want to look naturally perfect. The foundation has enough coverage to also work as a concealer on blemishes, but if your eye bags are doing the most, use something glowy and hydrating like the Glossier Stretch Concealer. 

A sculpted, contoured face is a must for this look, and the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is honestly where it’s at. Apply to the cheekbones, jawline, sides of the nose, and perimeter of the forehead with a small, fluffy brush. 

Next, liberally apply a warm, brown-based blush to the apples of the cheeks. The ELF Blush in “Brick Red” is perfect—and a total bargain, too. Finish the complexion with an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, which will set your base but add a soft, candle-lit glow.

Use a tinted gel like the Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel to shape and fill in your brows. Rather than going for a fluffy, bushy vibe, you want something smoother and more groomed—so move in the direction of the hairs instead of brushing upwards.

Now for eyes. First, you need to prime, and the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is a great choice. Next, grab a warm, neutral-toned eyeshadow palette. The NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette in “Warm Neutrals” is both good quality and affordable. Start by using a fluffy brush to work the brick-ish shade (right, third down) into the crease. Add more intensity with the shade two across from it. Once you’re happy with the blend, take a smaller brush and use the chocolate shade (bottom right) to properly carve out the crease. Go back in with your fluffy brush and whatever color is left on it to blend out further. Take a mixture of your darker and your brick browns and smoke out the lower lashline. Finish by adding gold highlight (top right) to the inner corners and brow bones. Line the waterline with the Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in “Barbarella Brown” and apply two (or more) coats of the Glossier Lash Slick Mascara to both top and bottom lashes for a fluttery, extension-esque look.

Finally, the lips. First, take a dark brown liner like the Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in “Chocolate” and line lips. Use the same shade to fill in. Blot once, then reapply to ensure a longer-lasting finish. Once you’re happy with the intensity of color and the shape, apply a gloss over the top. The newly released Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in “Hot Chocolit” is absolutely perfect for this look. It’s super high-shine and non-sticky, and gives the perfect wash of ‘90s brown with just the right amount of shimmer. A true thing of beauty.

Finish by liberally dousing yourself with the Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray. This will ensure you look dewy and fresh, but also make sure your masterpiece lasts far longer than you ever thought possible. Oh, and for maximum impact, slicked-back hair in a top knot will work wonders.