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Taylor Swift and Katy Perry were two big winners last night at the American Music Awards — not to mention, two belles of the ball. The singers — and close friends — sported flawless skin and eyes and lips that totally popped. So we talked to their makeup artists to get the scoop on their clean looks — and how you can emulate them at home.
“The American Music Awards show itself was the inspiration for Taylor’s look,” makeup artist Lorrie Turk tells PEOPLE. “I wanted to reflect the youthful, fun vibe of this event. I wanted her stunning, youthful complexion to really stand out.”
Turk first used a foundation brush to smooth CoverGirl’s Natureluxe Silk Foundation onto Swift’s skin. She applied concealer on the inner corners of her eyes, and used CG TruBlend Minerals Blush in Shimmering Sands on the singer’s cheeks. (Swift is one of CoverGirl’s celebrity spokesmodels.)
Turk swept some neutral shadows on Swift’s lids and on the innermost corners of her eyes, then lined the tops of her lash line with CG LineExact liquid liner in Very Black, finishing the look with CG NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara, also in Very Black.
For lips, Turk chose CG’s ShineBlast lip gloss in Dazzle. “I always send her off with whatever lipstick or gloss I used for any needed touchups throughout the evening,” she says, adding that Swift likes to play up her lips. “She loves red lipstick and black eyeliner.”
Makeup artist Jake Bailey created Perry’s pinky look, which he calls “a sophisticated twist on the ‘classic Katy,'” designed to complement her Vivienne Westwood dress.
He first started with foundation, buffing a liquid formula into her skin using a large kabuki brush, setting the look with Guerlain’s Les Viollettes loose powder. “I warmed her complexion with a tawny blush from Nars called Madly, and swirled a tiny bit of NARS’s coral shimmer blush, Orgasm, on the apples of her cheeks for a little extra glow,” Bailey says.
To elongate Perry’s eyes, he used liquid liner from Le Metier, plus two sets of false lashes covered with CoverGirl LashBlast 24-Hour Mascara (available in January). He lined her lower lashes with CG’s LiquilineBlast Violet Voltage eyeliner, softening it with a small shadow brush.
For a finishing touch, he used coral red CG LipPerfection lip color in Flame, “the perfect color to pick up on the dress’s coral accents and complement her lavender hair,” Bailey says. “I had Katy apply the lipstick directly from the tube and I refined the edges using a small lipstick brush.” Tell us: What do you think of Swift and Perry’s AMA looks?