Jennifer Hudson (who’s equally famous for her breakthrough role in Dreamgirls as for her dramatic weight loss) is one of my last shreds of hope that it’s possible to remain classy in Hollywood. She always looks well groomed whether she’s dressed up or down, and we decided to copy her classic, glamorous evening look.
For some advanced make-up trickery, do your highlighting and concealing before applying foundation. Apply a liquid or cream highlighter (or foundation two to three shades lighter than your skin tone) on areas of your face that protrude, or that are hit by the light of a camera flash. Go for the length of your nose, the top edge of the cheekbones, cupids bow, and the bony areas underneath as well as above your eyebrows – these are the areas you want to attract attention to.
Next, contour the following areas with a creamy foundation or concealer two or three shades deeper (not yellower) than your skin: sides of the nose (if you have a broad nose), corners of the jawbone (if you have an angular jaw), underneath the jaw bone and chin (to minimise a double chin) and also on the fleshy part of your cheeks, to create a ‘hollow’ under your cheekbones.
Gently blend both the highlighter and the contouring colour, and start adding a buildable foundation like Inglot AMC Cream Foundation, R249. Now you’ll have to seriously blend away until (especially the contouring colour) is invisible, and add foundation until you’re happy with the coverage. Add a light sweep of blusher, like YSL Blush Radiance, R495.
Jennifer H favour’s a classic, almost old-fashioned eye shadow look, and I love her for it. It consists of four steps: In the outer corner, apply a dark grey or black shadow in a small V-shape, followed by chocolate brown shadow along the length of the crease (both matte colours). Fill the lower half of the lid (beneath the crease) with a shimmery copper or bronze, and sweep a light application of the same bronze just above the crease as well. Using a beige-toned pearl shade, highlight the inner corner and fill in the remaining area underneath the brow bone, and blend everything together very well. Line upper and lower lash lines with a felt tip liner like YSL Shocking Effet Faux Cils, R385, and complete with mascara.
If you have fine eyebrows like Jennifer, fill them in with the same matte chocolate brow eye shadow you used earlier (applied with an angled brush) – this looks more natural than a pencil. Also keep them in place with a balm or wax instead of a brow gel – Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Protectant, R155, works wonders.
This miss loves a glossy red lippie with an orange tone, and so do we. Try Catrice Ultimate Shine Lip Colour in Ketch-Me-Up, R55, paired with L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss in Ravishing Red (which is actually orange), R99.