Gugu Mbatha-Raw is quite a busy woman these days—following the release of her movie Belle, the up-and-coming star has spent lots of time being interviewed at TV shows, attending premieres, and hitting up the hottest red carpet events. Despite her jam-packed schedule, she still manages to look flawless throughout the day, thanks to some quick and creative thinking by her makeup artist Nick Barose and hairstylist Ted Gibson. Before she attended the New York City book launch of Jerry Bruckheimer: When Lightning Strikes – Four Decades of Filmmaking, working a glamorous red lip, Mbatha-Raw had a busy day of press, including an appearance on BET’s 106 & Park. With little time to create an entirely new look between appearances, we wondered how she was able to take her hair and makeup from day to night in a matter of minutes. Barose and Gibson gave us an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at how everything came together!
For her daytime appearances, Gibson (left) and Barose (right) opted to create a bold pink lip, which was complemented by loose, touchable curls. “That morning, Ted worked on Gugu’s sexy curly hair, and I balanced it out with a fuchsia stain on her lips,” says Barose, who used Armani’s Lip Maestro in 504 ($33; giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com) on the star. “I love keeping skin fresh and sheer for the daytime, but with enough coverage, so I mixed Dolce & Gabbana’s Matte Liquid Foundation ($67; nordstrom.com) with Sisely Express Flower Gel ($136; sisley-paris.com) and applied it with a foundation brush to give the skin a perfect, polished look.” While the Sisley product is technically a moisturizing mask, it helped to thin out out the full-coverage foundation while imparting a dewy glow.
With only 15 minutes to get ready for her evening event, the duo quickly went to work after Mbatha-Raw’s taping to transform her look. “Ted flat-ironed her hair, using Leonor Greyl’s Eclat Naturel Styling Cream ($46; leonorgreyl-usa.com) as a heat protectant, and added a deep side part before forming a chic bun in the back,” says Barose. Gibson swept her strands into a low ponytail, wound the length around the base of the style, and once he anchored her bun with a handful of hairpins, a veil of Kerastase Lacque Couture ($35; kerastase-usa.com) provided long-lasting hold.
To avoid giving her makeup a caked-on finish, Barose touched up her skin with Tatcha Blotting Papers ($12; tatcha.com), then misted it with water and followed with the Kiehl’s Micro Blur Skin Perfector ($35; kiehls.com). “You don’t need a lot—just a little bit here and there for a quick fix,” he says. “Apply concealer with a brush to areas that need more coverage, and set with powder.” Rather than breaking out his kit of shadows, Barose opted to use liner to define Mbatha-Raw’s eyes, and opted for a red lip as the finishing touch. “We had three choices of red, but settled with the Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Attractive Monica ($34; nordstrom.com) because it contrasted with the purple tones of her Burberry dress,” Barose tells us. “I wiped the pink stain off her lips using makeup remover wipes, added lip balm, and then applied the red color directly from the tube.” Two even coats were smoothed on, then he used a lip brush to clean up around the edges. But the glam squad treatment didn’t end there! Before the star left for the event, Barose packed a few pointed cotton swabs into her clutch in case any unexpected smudges took place, along with the Tatcha Blotting Papers, and the Chanel Les Beiges Powder in #30 ($58; chanel.com) to keep her complexion in check. “When you’re wearing a red lip, don’t forget to smile—it will make the look even more sensational!” Barose adds.