Check out her stunning rainbow look!

By Alex Apatoff
Updated June 29, 2015 01:26 AM
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The BET Awards are always unpredictable, but we knew one thing for sure: Zendaya Coleman, 18, was going to be doing her usual style chameleon thing — and looking impeccable while she did it. She didn’t disappoint, hitting the red carpet in a sparkling shirtdress, silver sandals and a chic, soft pixie — plus a glam face of makeup to go with. Below, we got the beauty breakdown from her pro, Allan Avendaño for the Sephora Collection.

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“I took a glimpse of Zendaya’s shimmering dress tonight and knew I wanted to go for pastel shades and golden skin,” Avendaño tells PEOPLE. “We kept her makeup soft and used pastel shades to complement the jewel tones of her dress and drastic hair style. Her final look reminded me of a ‘fierce fairy princess.'”

And though Zendaya is an easy client, that doesn’t mean her look was simple. “Zendaya is a huge fan of makeup so we work together to create the overall look, which ended up being a focus on contoured cheeks, defined eyebrows and soft pastel eyeshadows that matched her dress,” he says, adding that, for those at home giving the look at home a shot, “The trickiest element to Zendaya’s look was the contouring. The key to pulling this off is to make sure to blend all your lines together.” (His top products? This Sephora palette and blending brush.)


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Also top of his list for attaining her “ethereal, golden and fierce” look: This contouring highlight/lowlight stick and Sephora Collection eyeshadows in “Sweet Candy,” “Purple Stilettos,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Fairy Princess.”

Though people apparently found Zendaya’s hair controversial (at least, according to her Tweet), it was the basis for her whole beauty look. “The hair definitely inspired the overall makeup look. Zendaya’s short pixie cut influenced how deep we wanted to go with her contour and how soft we went with her eyeshadow and lip shades,” Avendaño says. “Since she chose a strong hairstyle and her dress was glitzy, we went with a soft eye and lip look so as not to overpower the overall look.”

And it’s not like she’s going to let anyone stop her from doing whatever she wants on the red carpet (which makes her one of our favorite starlets to watch): “Zendaya is really open to everything. She always chooses bold fashion and beauty looks on the red carpet, so it’s fun to collaborate with her while getting ready for big events.”

(Further proof? Just check out this video of her taking her wig off in full diva style at the end of the night.)


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And though we’d expect the former star of Shake It Up to have tunes on at all times, Avendaño says their prep-time entertainment came from a more surprising source. “We actually didn’t have any music playing while we were getting ready! Zendaya’s hilarious father Kazembe is the ultimate source of entertainment and always keeps us laughing when we get ready for events,” Avendaño reveals. “We turned on the TV before Zendaya left and channel surfed until we landed on The Fabulous Life of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Watching Beyoncé’s red carpet looks really made Zendaya excited for the night!”

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–Alex Apatoff

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