Over the past 14 years I’ve written a countless number of tips about the fact that matching your makeup (eyeshadow, specifically) to clothes is often a no no. Something that should almost always be avoided. That’s not to say it can’t work, but in most cases it just looks too forced. Or too amateurish. But, after watching the SAG Awards on Saturday, I was reminded that sometimes, just sometimes, you can play the matchy-match game and win.
12 Years a Slave actress and SAG Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o is a prime example of this. Nyong’o called on makeup artist Nick Barose (who I also worked with often in my magazine days) to create a stunning colorful eye makeup look that featured turquoise eyeshadow (he used the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Fascination, $59) to pair with her, yup, turquoise Gucci gown. The result was seriously gorgeous. You can get the whole scoop on what he did on InStyle. In my opinion, the matchy-match works here because the blue shadow is concentrated mostly at the inner corners of the eyes, which keeps it a bit more understated. Had Barose applied the blue eyeshadow across Nyong’o’s whole lid, I don’t think the look would be nearly as spectacular. Nice work, Barose!