Best Looks of the 2011 BET Awards Plus Makeup & Hair How-Tos
This past Sunday, Chris Breezy rocked the stage at the BET Awards and some of my favorite celebs similarly stunned on the red carpet. For the Awards show, I was invited to an exclusive sneak peek to see how actress Tika Sumpter gets ready for her red-carpet appearance. Celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff walked us through how she gave Tika her flawless makeup look using products that are all found at your local drugstore from the CoverGirl Queen Collection.
Here's Ashunta's step-by-step to get Tika's look:
Step 1: On her face, I created glowing skin by first using COVERGIRL Queen Collection Natural Hue Concealer in 2 different shades, Light and Terra, to both conceal and brighten areas of her face. I then applied COVERGIRL Queen Collection Natural Hue Compact Foundation using a slightly lighter shade in the middle of her face and darker on the outside for a 3-D effect.
Step 2: I applied COVERGIRL Queen Collection Natural Hue Mineral Bronzer in Brown Bronze in a 3-shape motion along each side of her face to contour. Don’t forget to bring the bronzer down into your neck to balance the color in your face!
Step 3: I finished her glowing skin by adding COVERGIRL Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Lush Berry on the apples of her cheeks and blending outward with a synthetic brush.
Step 4: To create Tika’s sultry smoky eye, I first applied COVERGIRL Intense ShadowBlast in Brown Bling along the entire lid to add a subtle shimmer and prime the eye for the rest of the shadow.
Step 5: I then applied the lighter end of COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast in Silver Sky along the lid and the white end of Smoky ShadowBlast in Onyx Smoke to the inner corners.
Step 6: I applied the black end of Smoky ShadowBlast in Onyx Smoke on the lid and into the crease for a more dramatic effect.
Step 7: To amp up the drama even more, I lined her eyes with COVERGIRL LiquilineBlast in Black Fire and blended that up into the shadow, creating a v-shape with a brush to blend it all together.
Step 8: I finished her eyes by adding some false lashes and 4 coats of COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume in Black, perfect bold eyes for the red carpet! (Expert tip: When applying mascara, Ashunta says to apply it "downtown" meaning downward on your lashes, then "uptown," and finally "crosstown.")
Step 9: To balance her dramatic eyes, I wanted to create a pinky-nude lip, so I lined her lips with COVERGIRL LipPerfection lipliner in Sublime and filled in her lips with COVERGIRL Queen Collection Lip Color in Penelope Pink.
And voila -- gorgeous. Tika's silvery smoky eye perfectly matched her metallic silver Herve Leger bandage dress.
Some of my other favorite looks from the red carpet:
I always love Keri Hilson's edgy platinum dos and this asymmetrical bob with a tail on the left is no exception. She said, "I always like some sort of imbalance. I’m rocking the tail ... it’s been a couple of years." And for her makeup, she's perfectly on trend for Fall 2011 with her purple lips as burgundy and plum are the new it colors. "I've been doing pink and purples all summer long for my makeup, so I wanted to make it pop tonight," she said.
LaLa Anthony's summer-favorite, high ballerina bun was perfectly complemented by her smoky eye. "I've been looking at a lot of magazines and noticed that everyone’s doing this look, so I decided to join in on the trend tonight. It's keeping me cool."
Ashanti's volumized, sideswept curls were edgy yet romantic with her soft lips. "I'm trying to keep it cool with a side ponytail," she explained. "I also didn't want to block the beading on my dress, so it was perfect!"
Then, I got my own mini red-carpet makeover with my nails, hair and makeup did. Ashunta herself gave me a makeup overhaul with all the same CoverGirl products she used on Tika. And hairstylist Amber Maynard gave me a one-of-a-kind braided style. Here's the step-by-step to get my hairstyle:
Step 1: Grab an inch of hair on either side of your part and French braid it into braided pigtails, stopping the French at about your ears. When braiding, make sure to move the sections under each section instead of over, so that the braid sits on top of your head.
Step 2: After securing each braid with a clear elastic, take the right one and pin it down in the center of the back of your head creating a spiral while tucking the ends under.
Step 3: Take the left braid and pin it around the spiral you created, again tucking the ends under.
Step 4: With a 1-inch curling iron, create loose waves in your hanging hair.
Step 5: Set with spray.
Here's the finished look: