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Christina Aguilera's Makeup Artist Gives the Scoop on Her Grammy Look

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For Christina Aguilera’s Grammy look, makeup artist Kristofer Buckle was inspired by her pale peachy-pink Ungaro gown. “I wanted her makeup to be peaches-and-cream soft so that it didn’t upstage the pale, pretty shade of her dress,” says Buckle, who created the singer’s look in 20 minutes backstage at the Staples Center. On her eyes, he brushed Laura Mercier Mineral Eye Powder in Eclipse, a sparkly black powder, across her upper lids for a soft but still dramatic effect. He added three pairs of false lashes to further emphasize her eyes. (“Any drugstore brand works,” adds Buckler. Try Ardell, the inexpensive brand of choice for the pros.) “The idea was to give a Jayne Mansfield look to her eyes–sexy and strong, but a bit understated,” he says. On her lips, “I wanted a creamsicle color, but beigier and more monochromatic, so it wasn’t too attention-getting,” says Buckle. He mixed bright coral lipstick with creamy beige, and added a layer of MAC Lipglass in Clear on top. “Everyone is so sexed up at the Grammys, so I definitely wanted her look to make a big statement; but I did that by pulling way back. That makes a major statement, too.”

Click here for all the award show scoop on the Red Carpet Confidential blog.

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