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I recently rewatched the second season of Orange Is the New Black and let me tell you, the most pivotal character this season for me was hands down Suzanne. Not “Crazy Eyes,” but Suzanne, the highly intelligent but socially inept inmate played beautifully by Uzo Aduba. I try not to be too swayed by online commentary in which critics reduced Aduba’s character to “a modern-day pickaninny” due to her being constantly photographed with bulging, deranged eyes and haphazardly fashioned Bantu Knots. And you know what? I get that. However, the voting committee behind this year’s Critics Choice Awards obviously felt differently as Uzo won for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series (and here I thought she was a season regular). Here is the complete hair and beauty breakdown from celebrity hairstylist Jamika Wilson and celebrity makeup artist Jessica Smalls, respectively:
Uzo Aduba by Jamika Wilson: Motions
“We were going for a very royal, Grecian-goddess look. I wanted the hair to look like a crown to complement the gold vintage dress,” revealed Wilson. She worked her magic with a complete arsenal of Motions Hair products. Now Uzo has already proven that she can slay with a sleek, sexy bob but for the Critics Choice Awards, I think Wilson was correct in highlighting the regality of Uzo’s natural tresses.
- Start with clean, dry hair. For natural girls, use the Motions Natural Textures Moisturizing Cleanser
- Use Motions Nourish Leave-In Conditioner to detangle and add moisture to the hair and blow dry
- Work Motions Define My Curls Crème into the hair to smooth ends and create a deep side part
- Create a crown by twisting hair in an upward motion and secure with a hairpin. Set with Motions Light Hold Working Spritz
- Gently pull the twist to loosen the hair slightly and add Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade to smooth edges and finish with Motions Hold & Shine Spray
Uzo Aduba by Jessica Smalls: Cargo Cosmetics
Smalls also chatted with People’s StyleWatch to explain how she decides what makeup look to give Uzo for her red carpet appearances. “The main thing I wanted was for Uzo to shine! It’s always a collaboration. I always need to know how Uzo feels when she’s in the outfit. Does she feel sexy? Flirty? Sophisticated? This all helps me use the makeup to bring the ‘look’ to life.”
About her inspiration for this particular look, Smalls said, “When I first saw the picture of Uzo’s dress, the first word that came to mind was regal. The beautiful gold fabric with that brilliant shine… I knew that the makeup had to be fit for a goddess or queen. I wanted to use rich hues of golds and purples –colors that scream royal!”
Catch the beat below (Pictures courtesy of People StyleWatch and Zap2It):
- Swimmables Eye Pencil in Black Sea (for upper and lower lash lines)
- Brow Pencil in Dark (to fill in spare area in eyebrows)
- Eye Shadow in Mojave (all over the lid as well dusted over the cheekbones)
- Eye Shadow in Cyprus (applied over the lid as well and blended just above the crease)
- HD Picture Perfect Eye Shadow Primer (entire eye area)
- TexasLiner Liquid Eyeliner (top lash line along with upper and lower waterlines)
- HD Picture Perfect Mascara
- Liquid Foundation in 80
- HD Picture Perfect Pressed Powder in 40 (under eyes, down the center of the nose, above cheekbones, and center of the forehead)
- OneBase Concealer + Foundation in One (areas that need extra coverage and under eyes)
- Blush in Laguna
- HD Picture Perfect Lip Primer
- Essential Lip Color in Napa
- Essential Lip Color in Punta Cana
- Essential Lip Gloss in Vienna
What do you think of the look?
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