If you watched the Grammy's last Sunday, then you know that Ciara's makeup look was fierce. Beyond fierce. We were so impressed that we immediately called the singer's makeup artist Yolanda Frederick to congratulate her--and by the end of the conversation, she'd agreed to stop by the Essence.com office and give beauty editor Tia Williams her very own Ciara-at-the-Grammy's makeover. The results were downright amazing (there was a lot of thrilled squealing on Tia's part)--see for yourself in our step-by-step photo gallery breaking down Frederick's process!
In the weeks before the Grammy’s, Atlanta celebrity makeup artist Yolanda Frederick flew to Paris with Ciara to conceptualize her head-to-toe red carpet look with Givenchy designer, Riccardo Tisci. “He absolutely fell in love with Ciara…she’s his new muse,” said Frederick, who adds that the kerfluffle over Ciara arriving late to the Givenchy couture show was totally manufactured. “Riccardo told her to come late so she could make a proper diva entrance!”
Photo by Jennifer Cooper
Step 1: Brows
“I always begin by tweezing the brows,” says celebrity makeup artist Yolanda Frederick, who used Shu Uemura products to create Ciara’s look. “To help carve it out, I trace along the top and bottom of the brow with a tiny brush dipped in concealer.”
After Frederick perfected Tia’s eye look, she moved on to skin, using Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Cover Stick Foundation in Deep Sand #524 ($42), the exact same shade she used on Ciara. “I love this foundation…it’s creamy and gives incredible coverage,” says Frederick, who first swiped the stick on Tia’s skin, and then blended it in with a flat foundation brush.
Step 5: Cheeks
“I like to put blush on right after applying foundation,” explains Frederick. “The pigment is richer when it’s wet, so it really picks up the blush and the color lasts longer.” She used Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in Amber #82 ($21), a warm peach that looked natural on both Ciara and Tia’s skin.
Et voila! Here is Frederick’s brilliant handiwork, featured on both the superstar and the beauty editor. “Ciara and Tia could be part of the same family!” said the makeup artist. Now, if only Tia could get down some of Ciara’s dance moves…