Get the Look: Nicole Ari Parker’s Makeup Artist Reveals Her Beauty Tricks
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If you caught a glimpse of Nicole Ari Parker at the BET Upfront, then you were probably just as wowed as we were after seeing her color-drenched lip and smoldering smoky eye.

We tracked down Ari Parker’s makeup artist, Renny Vasquez, who shared these insider beauty secrets used to create this red hot look.


Since we wanted to keep her eyes clean and classic yet sultry, I opted for my go-to palette, Sam Fine for Fashion Fair Supreme Eyeshadow Quad in Amalfi Coast ($38).  I used the warm beige color to give a soft highlight under the brow and across the lid.  Then I smoked out the corners and under the eye using the warm shade of brown from the quad.  To give her a finished look I lined the eyes with Makeup Forever pressed black shadow. Then, I used a lash from Sassi #73 with L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black ($9) on top and bottom lashes.

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We moisturized with Carmex Lip Balm then went for it with Pink Nouveau from MAC ($15).


I decided to keep the cheek really natural but add dimension with Alluring Rose from Estee Lauder ($28).  I then used a fan brush to sweep on Gold Deposit from Mac Cosmetics ($30) just to give a slight glow.