Look Like Lupita

(Or at least make up your face like hers.)

Lupita Nyong’o, photographed by Philippe Salomon for Essence, March 2014.

Lupita Nyong’o, photographed by Philippe Salomon for Essence, March 2014.

I love the bold monochromatic looks the makeup artist Matin created for Lupita Nyong’o, above, in Essence magazine a few months ago. I wanted to try to re-create them on my own face, and show you how to do the same. Get out your makeup brushes, and let’s go!


What you’ll need:

I tried this look with three different main colors: green, purple, and orange.

I tried this look with three different main colors: green, purple, and orange.

• An eye shadow primer to ensure that your colors will look vibrant and last throughout the day.
• Three eye shadows in different shades of the same color: dark, medium, and light.
• A medium-size eye shadow brush.
• Optional: eyeliner and mascara.
• Optional: a lipstick in the same color family as your shadows (or not!).

How to do it:

Step One: Apply your primer.

vBeu3Step Two: Use a brush to apply the medium shade to your lids, leaving the inner and outer corners bare.

w2eYUStep Three: Now take your darkest color and sweep it from the center of your eyelid crease (if you have one), or the indentation right below your brow bone to the outer corner of each lid. Blend the two colors you’ve got going on so there’s no visible line between them.

Uvda1Step Four: Use the lightest color to fill in the inner corners of your lids and the swath between your brow bone and your eyebrow. I blended a tiny bit of the medium color into this highlighting shade to soften the look a little.

uYKQAStep Five (optional): I like to add eyeliner and mascara (and sometimes false lashes!) to this look, but you don’t hafta.

Step Six (also optional): Apply matching (or mismatched if you like) lip color. Here are my finished looks!

Knock ’em dead, superstar. ♦


  • Monq June 4th, 2014 3:30 PM

    Definitely feeling the purple look, would be great for a night out with friends. & Indigo, your skin is flawless!


  • disast3rology June 4th, 2014 4:26 PM

    you are so beautiful, indigo!!!!!!!!!

  • beansprout June 4th, 2014 4:52 PM

    Indigo–you look absolutely radiant, wow! I’ve said it before but I just really wanna thank you for representin’ the brown girls in these makeup tutorials because I always feel like colorful eyeshadow looks silly on me, but you’ve given me the confidence to experiment more and rock it thank you thank you *hugs*

  • DymondMag June 4th, 2014 5:15 PM

    !!!!! Indigo you and your make up looks are insanely beautiful I love it!

  • sashafayesquash June 4th, 2014 5:47 PM

    I *wish* I had the skin tone to be able to pull off orange and green eyeshadow!! Being ghostly pale means that I only really feel comfortable in neutral tones.

    Indigo, you make green lipstick look like the classiest and coolest thing ever! Everything about this is so pretty and I love Lupita so much!! <3

  • amescs June 4th, 2014 6:57 PM

    omg this look is so important and Indigo you teach it and rock it so magnificently i am most definitely trying this out

  • Ana June 4th, 2014 8:52 PM

    The orange and indigo looks! <3

  • alienbabe June 4th, 2014 9:09 PM

    ugh Indigo you’re a total makeup goddess.

  • pubertyblues June 4th, 2014 9:17 PM

    you looked so stunning in the purple and orange :0

  • teril c June 5th, 2014 3:05 AM

    Thank you for the “(if you have one)” bit regarding eyelid creases. It may seem like a small thing since it was just a four-word phrase, but it meant a lot. Make-up tutorials always seem to ignore crease-less girls, so thanks for that!

  • Alabastrowa June 5th, 2014 3:24 AM

    I Love your eyes <3

  • Berries June 5th, 2014 8:08 AM

    You, your skin and your make-up are all so gorgeous. I love wearing bright colours but because of my pale skin I have to be careful with bright colours on my face. Thus far I try to fix that by using a bit of coloured mascara, eyeliner or lipstick.

    • Arabelle June 5th, 2014 4:33 PM

      just ’cause you have pale skin doesn’t mean you have to be careful with makeup! and makeup doesn’t necessarily have to “fix” anything about you at all. :) just sayin’. have fun with it, the rules are in your head.

  • bloated June 5th, 2014 11:52 AM

    ahhhh! love this; brown femmes being inspired by brown femmes!!!

  • eva-stark June 5th, 2014 12:55 PM

    so beautiful!! I love the colors. You are so beautiful and talented omg :o

  • Daisy A June 5th, 2014 1:06 PM

    You’re a fucking goddess. Honestly the most beautiful creature I have ever seen. And your makeup is incred <3

  • Coco June 5th, 2014 11:41 PM

    Indigo, you are suuuuuuch a babe

  • chelcsmiles June 6th, 2014 2:09 AM

    Good God she is beautiful

  • aikaendi June 6th, 2014 4:21 AM

    you’re so beautifuuuul! love this tutorial! ♡

  • monalisa June 6th, 2014 4:40 AM

    indigo u are probs the most beautiful person in existence

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  • alesssurprise June 6th, 2014 1:52 PM

    ohhhh ♥ ♥ ♥♥ this is so pretty

  • emilycarolina June 6th, 2014 8:18 PM

    you’re a beautiful GODDESS slayyy

  • Hebe June 7th, 2014 5:04 PM

    Indigo you are perfection! Can i ask where you got the green lipstick from? Its SOOO cool!!

  • Frannie Lou June 7th, 2014 6:10 PM

    indigo ur a GODDESS!!! your skin is flawless. love love LOVE the green look – that lipstick is rockin on you!! where are the products you used from?

  • lucille snow June 8th, 2014 10:20 AM

    you’re fucking gorgeous <3

  • Coco June 11th, 2014 2:25 PM

    Can Indigo PLEASE do an eyebrow tutorial?

  • Capt.Melina June 13th, 2014 3:46 AM

    I definitely want to try the orange! :0

  • emily.a June 15th, 2014 4:29 AM

    you are absolutely stunning and these looks are so beautiful!!

  • Natália Del Fiol June 29th, 2014 12:33 PM

    and hooooow on earth can we have such ~très chic, très belle~ eyebrows?! belíssima!