With Jennifer Lopez‘s promotional tour for her eight studio album, “A.K.A.”, in full swing, we’ve seen the singer kill it on stage from the Bronx to Brazil. And while the 44-year-old mom of twins has been giving other, younger pop stars a run for their money in the skintight performance leotard department, we can’t help but notice the star’s smoking hot makeup, too. And since we’re really into trying to keep up with her workout, (we’ll stick to the cookie diet, thanks), we decided to give her longtime makeup artist Mary Phillips a call to get the scoop on our favorite concert and red carpet looks this summer.
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As Lopez proved in her recent makeup-free selfie, she’s stunning without a stitch of paint, but when she wants show-stopping makeup, she’s relied on Phillips since 2006. So of course, for her Good Morning America appearance on June 20, Phillips was behind the look. The makeup pro says her performance go-to is “a little more powder, which we tend to use sparingly in other circumstances. And, accentuating Jennifer’s eyes is a must. She’s very physical in her performances — it’s best to stick with eyes [and skip] glossy lip colors.”
Given that an intense concert could cause bolder makeup to look busted after a twerk or two, it’s probably good that Lopez is currently favoring a nude palette. “I think it’s safe to say that nudes are her anchor, and it’s how I think people envision her,” says Phillips, adding that the two carefully choose tones “so nothing ever falls flat. They all enhance her, yet nothing’s overpowering.”
While Phillips has Lopez’s stage makeup down to a science, the two go with the flow when it comes to creating looks for appearances and events. When Lopez channeled her inner Fly Girl in a graphic print mini, gold hoops and a laid-back pony for her June 18 appearance at BET, Phillips let the time of day dictate the bronzed, casual makeup. “I feel like this makeup perfectly complements her ensemble and hair,” Phillips said. “She looks gorgeous and cool, with complete ease and that’s just sexy in general!”
Later that day the duo built on the natural BET look to create an iconic J.Lo moment for her visit to Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. “There were lots of ’60s undertones, which we love,” explains Phillips, who paired classic “Brigitte Bardot liner” with “a hint of purple on her eyes. It was a great way to throw a dash of spice into something if you’re wearing black with your hair pulled up.” Phillips completed the look with a creamy nude lip. “From the skin to the eyes and lips, this was quintessential J.Lo!”
Phillips says the secret to their success is communication. “We are really a team,” she says of the glam squad. “Everyone’s able to share what’s inspiring them. Jennifer always has amazing references, we could have 50 and she’ll somehow have more. She’s a professional in every sense, and for us that’s extremely inspiring.” And even though Lopez is loving a nude palette right now, “Jennifer’s really open to things. Although [a neutral] color scheme might be our base, we like to change it up when you least expect it!”
Which look do you love most?