The Grammys 2022 are Olivia Rodrigo’s night. The 19-year-old pop sensation is up for seven categories, including Best New Artist, Song of the Year for her blockbuster single “Driver’s License,” and Album of the Year for her debut LP Sour. She will perform at tonight’s presentation. Rodrigo donned a bespoke, corseted black Vivienne Westwood gown with matching opera gloves and stacked bejeweled chokers, infusing her unique punk flair into a spectacular, history-making outfit. She completed the outfit with a contemporary twist on vampy ’90s makeup, which is sure to become mood board material for nostalgia-obsessed TikTok users and beyond.
“I wanted to preserve that freshness and youthfulness, but have an edge to it,” explains Lilly Keys, Olivia’s makeup artist. “We’re calling it a contemporary punk glam feel,” she says of the look, which has dusty rose stained lips, dramatic sharp liner, and a luminous complexion.
Keys created a “sun-kissed” flush on Rodrigo’s cheeks by mixing Cloud Paint blush in soft peach Beam and warm rose Storm on the apples and over the bridge of the nose after preparing his skin with Glossier’s Perfection Skin Tint and Stretch concealer. The lit-from-within skin equation was finished with Glides of Haloscope in Quartz along the highs of the cheekbones, the tip of the nose, and just above the Cupid’s bow.
Keys created the “iridescent lavender” smokey eyes to highlight the hazel specks in Rodrigo’s brown eyes by blending two matte colors from the cool lilac Monochromes palette in Mist into the lids, then applying razor sharp onyx wings with the Pro Tip liner. Coats of Lash Slick on the top and lower lashes, on the other hand, provided a gentle, doe-eyed look, which was complemented by full, slightly darkened arches brushed up with Boy Brow. An purposefully random brush of Ultralip lip tint in deep dusty rose Villa completed the look with a “bitten, almost vampy” lip. “To provide that just-kissed effect,” she adds of the soft-focus finish, “I smeared the lipstick into the lips, smooshing just above the top lip line with my fingertips to produce that just-kissed look.”
Keys wanted her makeup to be real-world wearable, since much of Rodrigo’s success can be related to her ability to connect with her followers on a profoundly intimate basis. “I want her followers to be inspired and say things like, ‘That’s such a fantastic look!'” “I’d want to give it a go,” she says. “It’s a fantastic combination for her [Gen Z] following when you have that edge to the makeup and maintain the face extremely fresh and bright.” Rodrigo’s hairdresser Clayton Hawkins used Tangle Teezer’s The Ultimate Styler to brush out curls fashioned with classic velcro rollers, creating a waterfall of flawlessly rumpled chocolate waves. “It’s a traditional bombshell feel, but with Olivia’s edge,” Hawkins says.
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