Daniel Kaluuya, star of Get Out and most recently Black Panther, is undeniably killing it right now – not only in cinemas, but at awards shows to boot. Ultimately he didn’t win the Oscar for Best Actor in Get Out, but Kaluuya certainly stood out at the Oscar’s ceremony on Monday in his Butterscotch velvet suit; it’s golden accents matching the undeniably dewy glow of his complexion.
It would be easy to mistake this glow coming from Daniel Kaluuya himself, but his makeup artist Amber Amos revealed that it wasn’t his already flawless complexion alone. It turns out, she had a hand from Rihanna! Using Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, along with an extensive pre-Oscars skincare regime focused on hydration, ensured that Kaluuya’s natural glow was intensified.
“The most important part is skin prep and making sure his skin is very hydrated because realistically most guys aren’t prepping their skin and they don’t really have a routine,” Amos told Billboard.
“Daniel is so low-key, every time the goal is to perfect the skin and make him look less tired than he is because he’s doing a lot.”
Amos first focused on cleansing Kaluuya’s skin, using exfoliating products such as Kate Sommerville’s Clinic to Go Resurfacing Peel Pads and Kiehl’s Oil-Free Toner to remove any ‘unwanted things’ from his face. She put moisture back in using Paula’s Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm and Kiehl’s Men’s Oil Eliminator 24 Hour Anti-Shine Moisturiser and made sure his under-eye skin looked firm and even using Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer. She also used Kate Somerville’s DermalQuench Liquid Lift which is similar to a mini oxygen facial, to push both oxygen and hyaluronic acids into his skin bringing some much-needed luxury to Kaluuya’s hectic schedule.
Finally, she used Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in shades 480 and 490 and blended it out flawlessly using Stila’s One Step Complexion brush #33.
“It’s so easy for someone of his skin tone to show up ashy or grey on a red carpet because of flash or a flashback from a product. That’s the most important thing; I want him to go out there and be golden, I want him to glow,” said Amos.
To make sure the look wouldn’t budge, Amos used Kiehl’s Men’s Oil Eliminator Refreshing Shine Control Spray Toner and Beautyblender’s Blotterazzi Reusable Shine-eliminating Sponge.
Amos also reapplied the hydrating lip balm and used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel to brush his eyebrows in an upward motion because “a down shaped eyebrow makes you look weird and angry.” Who knew?! Amos believed that this look is,
“…the perfect fit for the Oscars because he’s just going to look regal and effortless like I think someone should look at the Oscars. It’s such a grand night, and such an amazing honour to be nominated; he won’t look like it’s his first time, he’s going to look like he belongs here.”
It’s common knowledge that men also get makeovers before their appearances, but it has never been so explicitly stated before. It really speaks to a shift in our societal standards that more people – especially men – are able to “come clean” about wearing makeup. I, for one, am glad that Daniel Kaluuya and his team are leading the charge, and hope that more men continue to leak their routines – because look at him, he’s flawless!
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