Lupita Nyong'o's Jewel-Tone Eye Shadow Is a Master Class in Holiday Makeup

The holiday season will be here before we know it. Yes, that means we should probably start planning and preparing for all our commitments (travel itineraries, events, parties, you name it), but we'd rather focus on the fun stuff, like which holiday makeup looks we'll be wearing. After all, in our opinion, there's no better time to take a maximalist approach to makeup than during the holiday season.

While we're constantly searching high and low on Instagram and Tik Tok for the best makeup looks, we get a good dose of inspiration from celebrities, too. The latest celeb to make it into our saved folder (because, yes, we have one) is Lupita Nyong'o. Recently, she attended Beyonce's Wearable Art Gala with an eye shadow look that can only be described as a bold and decadent combination of color. Keep scrolling to see the exact products that celebrity makeup artist, Nick Barose, used to create it. Hint: it involves a dreamy blue eye shadow palette that you'll just have to get your hands on. 

The Look


(Image credit: Nick Barose)

Here's the ideation for the look. With a combination of rich purple, dark blue, emerald green, and a swipe of gold on the brow bone, it's as maximalist as it can be. We love it, especially since it's giving us an '80s vibe (and an '80s vibe was just the thing Barose was after). 

"The theme for the event is Harlem jazz era with its icons like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, but I also wanted to pay homage to the next generation of icons like, 80s Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle with fun, colorful 80’s eye makeup on Lupita," Barose says. 


(Image credit: Nick Barose)

Here's a close-up of the look on Nyong'o. It looks like the gold was eventually swapped out for (or layered over) a pink-purple highlight. We love how the eyes take center stage thanks to a fresh complexion and soft berry lip. They're complementary, not competing. 

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Kaitlyn McLintock
Associate Beauty Editor

Kaitlyn McLintock is an Associate Beauty Editor at Who What Wear. Although she covers a wide range of topics across a variety of categories, she specializes in celebrity interviews and skincare and wellness content. Having lived in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, she recently relocated back to her home state of Michigan where she works remotely. Prior to Who What Wear, she freelanced for a variety of industry-leading digital publications, including InStyle, The Zoe Report, Bustle, Hello Giggles, and Coveteur. Before that, she held a long-term internship and subsequent contributor position at Byrdie. When she's not writing, researching, or testing the latest and greatest beauty products, she's working her way through an ever-growing book collection, swimming in the Great Lakes, or spending time with family.