All About Angela Bassett's 2021 Oscars Makeup Prep and 'Beautifully Bold' Look
Presenter Angela Bassett and longtime makeup artist D’Andre Michael share exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of their beauty prep before the star hit the red carpet
Talk about a glam entrance!
All eyes were on Angela Bassett when she arrived in style to the 93rd annual Academy Awards on Sunday. The 9-1-1 star and presenter's stylist Jennifer Austin outfitted her in a custom red crepe off-the-shoulder Alberta Ferretti gown accessorized with jewelry by Chopard, a Judith Leiber clutch and Christian Louboutin shoes.
Meanwhile, makeup artist D'Andre Michael partnered with Lancôme to create her beauty look, which was punctuated with stunning blue eye shadow. Learn all about how her breathtaking makeup moment came together straight from the actress and her pro of over 20 years.
Says Bassett of the her and Michael's longtime collaboration, "In many ways, he knows my face just as well as me, if not better. He never ceases to amaze me with what he's able to do."
For Sunday's look, Michael told PEOPLE exclusively in this week's issue that stylist Austin "loves making Miss Angela look regal," so he wanted an equally royal look to celebrate the end of awards season and compliment her "fabulous" gown.
"At the Oscars, it's the best dresses, the best jewelry, the best everything," he says.
At first, Michael was considering matching her eye makeup to her red dress. "But I was like, 'I'm going to do what people normally don't do.'"
Enter: blue. When looking through his options, Michael stopped on Lancôme's bold Hypnôse Eyeshadow Palette in Bleu Hypnôtique and thought, "It's perfect."
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Though the duo have worked together for more than two decades (fun fact: he gave Bassett her first smoky eye!), they'd never used the color before — but Bassett didn't need convincing. "She trusts me," he says.
To make sure the vibrant colors would hold up throughout her big night, the pro swatched the shades on himself and wore them around the house for hours.
"I take pride in what I do, so I needed to make sure it held up to my standards," he says. "But when a product inspires me, and it works, it makes me want to put my best foot forward."
Next, he created his gorgeous sketch (above). The lip took the longest — two hours — to concept, and he ultimately chose an ombré lip knowing his longtime client would keep it pristine.
On the afternoon of the event, Michael prepped Bassett's skin with Lancôme Advanced Genifique Serum, followed by Lancôme La Base Pro Makeup and Face Primer. "I've never really been a primer person, but I love this one," he says. "It has a really silky feel."
To create a flawless base, he blended Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation in shades 360 and 495. He then contoured the skin with Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation Stick in shade 500, which he blended with a kabuki brush, then set everything with Lancôme Dual Finish Powder Foundation in shade 450.
On her eyes, from the palette he applied #4 shimmer cobalt blue on her entire lid and just below her lower lashes. Next he blended #5 matte nave along her lash line to the outer corners of her eyes. Then he blended #1 shimmer white and #3 gold together, and applied that at the inner corners of her eyes "to soften the look." He completed her striking eye by smudging Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black Ebony along her lash line, and topping everything off with Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara in 01.
For her "dimensional" lip, Michael applied Lancôme Le Crayon lip liner in Plum along her lip line. For her ombré effect, he blended three lip shades: Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Drama Ink in 288 French Opera for the base, 274 French Tea in the center of her lips and 311 Rose Cherie as a highlight. (This brand new lip range from the brand will be available in May.) A touch of gloss — Lancôme Juicy Tubes in 09 Hallucination — completed the look.
Meanwhile, hairstylist Randy Stodghill used Phyto hair care and GHD tools to evoke a "classic" vibe.
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"I love the fact that we'd never done a blue eye before," says Michael, who adds that "when she's made up and she feels good it's, she wears [a look] with confidence, it doesn't wear her."
Says Bassett of the final look, "He created a beautifully bold look that projects unapologetic strength and power while striking a balance with a touch of sensuality and grace."
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