It’s no surprise that NBC’s new show, “Undercovers,” is a hit. The CIA agents-in-love drama is produced by “Lost” guru J.J. Abrams. It stars super-sexy Boris Kodjoe, and it introduced us to the gorgeousness that is British It-girl Gugu Mbatha-Raw! Not only is she fabulous as one-half of the sexy spy duo, her makeup is always flawless. Inspired, we asked “Undercovers” makeup department head Autumn Butler to spill her secrets behind Mbatha-Raw’s hot beauty look. ESSENCE.COM: What’s the inspiration behind Mbatha-Raw’s character Samantha’s makeup on the show? AUTUMN BUTLER: When she’s home with Steven or working at the catering office, I like to give her a natural, approachable look. That way, we have limitless makeup options for when she goes undercover. ESSENCE.COM: We love seeing Samantha switch up her look when she goes on assigment! What’s been the most fun makeup look so far? BUTLER: We have a fun look coming up on tonight’s episode! She’s scaling the side of a building, so I gave her a smokey eye to bring out a darker, more Catwoman-esque side to her personality. In one episode we did a fun banker look, where Samantha wore an Audrey Hepbrun eye and a berry-stained lip. ESSENCE.COM: What are some of your makeup staples you use on the show? BUTLER: I love Kiss Me Eyeliner by Blink! It goes on as a blendable liquid, but when it dries, it stays put forever. We’ve had scenes where she’s sweaty or in the water, and this liner doesn’t budge. I’m also a huge fan of Nars Calliope Lip Crayon; it’s Gugu’s signature lip shade as Samantha. In terms of skin, I always use Kohgendo Foundtion — it’s sweatproof, waterproof and made with high-grade botanicals so it doesn’t clog pores. It just makes Gugu’s skin look really smooth and poreless. For an exciting peek inside “Undercovers” click here.
You may like
Get The Essence Newsletter and Special Offers delivered to your inbox!