Amid the cheers and celebration for the new US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, people can't stop raving about Michelle Obama's Inauguration look.
The former First Lady is indeed a style icon as she stands out among the crows with her monochromatic look.
Slaying on the Capitol red carpet, the "Becoming" author dazzled in a merlot-colored ensemble which features a turtleneck, paired with wide-leg palazzo trousers, over a longline coat from a Black American designer from South Carolina, Sergio Hudson.
She was styled by her longtime stylist Meredith Koop, the mother-of-two cap off the look with a gold statement belt and black leather gloves.
Aside from her jaw-dropping inauguration outfit, it is safe to say that behind those masks, her makeup artist most likely used an over the top budget to achieve that radiant and classic look.
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However, her makeup artist, Carl Ray, debunked the myth and revealed that she used an affordable blend of products for Michelle Obama.
In his recent interview with The Cut, the Washington based beauty expert shared that with the former First Lady wearing a mask, he focused on giving her a "statement look" with a sultry, smokey eye.
"I knew this was a huge moment for women and wanted to give a statement look that honored and celebrated the occasion," he mentioned, adding, "I wanted her to have a powerful beauty look that was classy, bold, and confident; but all of that would also need to be achieved through the top half of her face only."
Interestingly, he also used affordable mixed brands--from Glossier, Nars, and Fenty Beauty.
To recreate the Michelle Obama inauguration look at home, here are the products that Carl Ray used.
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The celebrity makeup artist focused on achieving the "glammed-up daytime smokey eye," starting with the Viseart 01 Neutral Mattes eyeshadow palette in brown shades for that subtle but dramatic look.
Containing 12 hues of beige and brown, this palette costs $80.
Carl Ray then mixed it with a Pat McGrath Eye Shadow in Divine Mink and patted it at the center of her lid for that "a little high-impact pop."
For that dramatic effect, he lined her eyes with Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Eyeliner in Xtreme Black.
Finishing off her eye makeup is a $16 Glossier Lash Slick Mascara for her top and bottom lashes. Don't worry; this is a water-resistant product, perfect for an all-day event.
Moving on for the face, the famed beauty expert, who also worked with notable personalities such as Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Vogue's Anna Wintour, also used the all-time favorite Nars Creamy Concealer in the dark coffee shade.
For that instant slimming effect, Carl Ray used Fenty Beauty Matchstix Contour, which comes in seven shades.
This can make every angle of your face pop while creating the illusion of a shadow.
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