Get Her Exact Look: Angela Bassett’s 2014 Emmys Makeup

Angela Bassett Emmys Makeup

Late last night, I shot my first email to celebrity makeup artist D’Andre Michael. I followed him months ago after learning he does makeup up for Mary J. Blige, Garcelle Beauvais, Queen Latifah and many more of our favorite celebeauties.

I saw a behind-the-scenes snap of him touching up Angela Bassett on Instagram (@dandremichael) and was compelled to introduce myself and my blog. Angela B looked absolutely REGAL and I wanted to capture her beat for the blog. It would’ve been absolutely criminal of me not to ask the master behind the mug.

After I practically begged Mr. Michael for details behind her Emmys makeup look, he sent over an arresting, high-resolution photo (see above – doesn’t she look like Egyptian royalty? She should’ve been casted as Queen Tuya in the upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings but I digress) and a complete list of all the products he used, from Ben Nye to his own lip gloss line titled U.G.L.Y. Girl Cosmetics. Blaq Vixen Beauty FTW!

U.G.L.Y. stands for Undeniably Gorgeous, Lovely, and Young. Comprised of 10 shades, each gloss is formulated with antioxidants and an exotic peach flavor. You can check out the complete line at

Of the line, Michael explained to Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine, “I love the texture, feel, look and ingredients. There are 10 colors, the formula is not sticky and there are anti-aging properties in it. You can wear them alone, or line your lips and rub them together to blend your liner. You can also put them on top of a lipstick for added shine.”

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Get Her Exact Look: Viola Davis’s 2014 Emmys Makeup

Viola Davis 2014 Emmys Makeup

Viola Davis 2014 Emmys Makeup

I haven’t had a Viola Davis beauty breakdown since 2009 – Get Her Exact Look: Viola Davis’s 2009 SAG Awards Makeup - so I was beyond giddy when I scrolled through my newsfeed this morning. Celebrity makeup artist Autumn Moultrie so graciously posted Viola’s complete Emmys beauty breakdown. Now, I am about to share the goodness with you. From her skin care to that pouty red lip, I’ve got it all!

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Get Her Exact Look: Kerry Washington’s 2014 Emmys Makeup

Kerry Washington BTS Emmys 2014

Kerry Washington's Emmys Makeup Neutrogena

Kerry Washington by Carola Gonzalez: Neutrogena and Dior

skin.  Since Kerry’s skin has been exalted as “naturally flawless” already in a previous beauty breakdown I have in draft, I’ll continue with the accolades.

I’m sure Gonzalez followed a similar regimen in preparing Kerry for this year’s Emmys: Prep the skin with Neutrogena Visibly Even Moisturizer to even out her skin tone, apply foundation where needed (Kerry wears Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #9) and add a touch of  warmth with Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Natural Radiance Bronzer in Sunkissed. Based on the behind-the-scenes snap shared on Twitter, Kerry is also wearing Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Bronzer and Blush Duo in Raisin Glow.

eyes. There are some conflicting reports about the shade of Kerry’s smokey eye makeup. Some media outlets reported she wore stormy blue shadow while others identified the sultry shade as slate. I searched around and found Us Magazine’s commentary on her “dramatic eye:”

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Get Her Exact Look: Uzo Uduba’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards Makeup

Uzo Aduba Creative Emmys Awards Makeup

Uzo Aduba, of “Orange Is the New Black” fame, was one of Saturday’s biggest winners at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. She nabbed “Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” for the uber-popular Netflix series (I kid you not, this whole “guest actress” business is throwing me for a loop though). For her big day, she enlisted the help of dynamic duo celebrity hairstylist Jamika Wilson and celebrity makeup artist Jessica Smalls. And doing what I do best, here is how you can get her exact makeup look! Hair details (no doubt by Motions Hair Care) coming soon!

Uzo Aduba by Jessica Smalls: Morphe Brushes, MAC Cosmetics, NYX Cosmetics, House of Lashes, Cargo Cosmetics, Smashbox Cosmetics, Sisley USA, OCC Makeup, Make Up For Ever, and Black Opal Beauty

The following beauty breakdown was edited for clarity. ~LA

“On Uzo Aduba, I prepped her skin with Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil, adding a few drops of liquid bronzer to the mix. I then applied Smashbox ‘Photo Finish’ Light Foundation Primer and used Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation SPF 15 in Hazelnut and Suede Mocha on the outer perimeter of her face. To highlight and brighten under her eyes, I used Cargo Cosmetics One Base Concealer in 045 and 05. I set everything with Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder  in Caramel. On her eyes, I used NYX Baked Eyeshadow in Ambrosia all over her lid and a dark brown color in the outer corners. I filled in her brows and set with a bit of MAC Brow Set in Girl Boy. I rimmed her waterline with black eyeliner and to make her eyes pop, I used House of Lashes in Temptress. I used Homeoplasmine to hydrate her lips. Next, I lined them with MAC Lip Liner in Vino and used OCC Makeup Lip Tar Metallic in Black Metal Dahlia.” Her weapons of choice were Morphe Brushes.

Morphe Brush used on Uzo Aduba for Creative Emmys Awards

Hailed as a “must in your brush arsenal”, Jessica gushed about their Deluxe Buffer Brush (m439). She revealed, ” I used this brush on my client Uzo Aduba for the Creative Arts Emmy awards and it buffed the foundation into her skin, with the most amazing airbrushed finish.”

Uzo Aduba by Elsbeth Schuetz: Nailtini

Uzo Aduba Nailtini

New information! I was perusing my Instagram feed, looking for celebrity beauty tidbits for the blog when I learned Nailtini celebrity manicurist Elsbeth Schuetz hooked up the Emmy winner for a big night. The brand put out the following statement:

Saturday night was a HUGE night for Emmy winner Uzo Aduba. The first of Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” to nab a statuette, Uzo wanted to look flawless. And that she did. 

With a power prep team that included stylist Cristina Ehrlich, makeup artist Jessica Smalls, and hair expert Jamika Wilson, Uzo wanted her hands and feet to be just as perfectly polished so she enlisted Nailtini Celebrity Manicurist Elsbeth Schuetz to make sure they were. 

Wanting a natural feel that would pair well with Uzo’s simple and elegant look, Elsbeth opted for Nailtini’s ultra-sheer shell pink nail lacquer “Frappe” on Uzo’s hands and  Nailtini’s creamy caramel “Irish Crème” for toes, which Elsbeth says are “two nude shades that really compliment darker skin tones.”

Nailtini Frappe Irish Creme Uzo Aduba

Image courtesy of Candice Cameron’s Instagram

Angela Bassett Shares Beauty Secrets with Violet Grey

Angela Bassett with Perfume at Vanity

Recently, the incomparable Angela Bassett sat down with “the industry’s beauty edit” Violet Grey to slay in lingerie (which was surprisingly not credited in the feature) while revealing her beauty secrets and the art of working the red carpet.

Last year, she completely revitalized my Wednesday nights through her portrayal of Marie Laveau on American Horror Story: Coven. I did not tune in for anyone else as she ethered my soul every time she was on-screen. Coupled with her endless Senegalese twists and commanding style, I was not worthy. I can’t wait for the FX anthology series to return this October for her to steal the show again. In the meantime, I hope she wins a Primetime Emmy for best supporting actress for the voodoo priestess.

Here are some brief beauty bits Bassett divulged to Violet Grey:

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Get Her Exact Look: Jill Scott’s Curly Bob at “Get On Up” NYC Premiere

Jill Scott at Get On Up Premiere

On the heels of her “The Beauty &  The Brand” brunch (which I, unfortunately, could not attend), Motions celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephens created a curly, sexy look for singer Jill Scott for her appearance at the “Get On Up world premiere in NYC at the Apollo Theater on Monday evening. “We were going for a very sexy, curly look to complement her sultry, curve-fitting dress. The overall look was old-Hollywood glam and she definitely pulled it off!” exclaimed Stephen. Here’s how to get the look:

Jill Scott by Ursula Stephen: Motions

Jill Scott by Tasha Reiko Brown: MAC Cosmetics and Murad Skin Care

Celebrity makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown revealed that she did Jill’s makeup for the NYC premiere on Instagram. I do not have exact makeup details but watch this space! I’ll update as soon as I find out more information.

Update: I mistakenly identified Jill’s lip as MAC Lipstick in Rebel…I even asked Tasha if I was right “or am I way off?” She responded, “Close! Rebel is a bit darker and more berry. This needed something a bit more fresh with pop. I choose this matte texture to play with the glamour theme as opposed to Rebels satin texture. (I custom mixed this lip!)” And like I always do, I second guessed myself as I noticed the texture was off as soon as I posed my question to her. But doesn’t it look like she mixed Heroine and Heaux (both by MAC with the latter being limited edition) together for this look?

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Get Her Exact Look: Li Bingbing’s Lipstick Color in Transformers: Age of Extinction

Li BingBing Transformers Makeup

Li BingBing's Vampy Lip Details on BlaqVixenBeauty.comIt’s amazing what an enthralling vampy lip can do, no? Such is the case of the blackened burgundy pout Li Bingbing wore in Transformers: Age of Extinction. That, along with her inky-black feathered gaze (the eyeliner is Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er Precision Pen in Blacquer), inspired me to write this post. Usually Li looks so childlike, especially when she’s on the red carpet.

Li BingBing wore Marc Jacobs Beauty - Magic Marc'er Precision Pen Waterproof Eyeliner in Transformers: Age of ExtinctionHowever, coat her lips in a rebellious red lip color and you have this vixen ordering everyone around, dressed in a smart black suit and dripping with luxurious accessories, like a pair of Louis Vuitton spring 2013 Petit Soupcon Round Brown Sunglasses and a Gucci Gold Twirl Watch.

In this fourth installment, Bingbing plays Su Yueming, the CEO of the Chinese factory KSI contracted to build their human-created Transformers. Yueming is a boss after my heart – even if she changed from a shrewd businesswoman to a modern dragon lady stereotype. It wasn’t necessary, and actually contributed to the many negative reviews bestowed upon this chapter in the Transformers saga. And of course, I was livid that the realtor was none other than “an angry black woman.”

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