Kelsea Ballerini's 2023 Grammy Makeup Was Done Entirely Using Drugstore Makeup

The Grammy-nominated country singer's makeup artist reveals that she used a $10 foundation to achieve Ballerini's glowing complexion

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 05: Kelsea Ballerini attends the 65th GRAMMY Awards on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Kelsea Ballerini. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Kelsea Ballerini is golden and glowing on the Grammys red carpet.

The singer-songwriter, who was nominated for a Grammy for best country solo performance for her hit song "Heartfirst," rocked an eye-catching yellow Prabal Gurung gown with a subtle, glowing glam look at the 2023 Grammy Awards. This is Ballerini's third Grammy nomination, and she also has a couple of CMA awards under her belt.

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A simple slicked-back bun allowed the Peter Pan singer's makeup to do the talking. And though it's still technically winter for six more weeks (thanks, Punxsutawney Phil!), Ballerini's rust lip and shimmery copper smoky eye — paired with her splashy gown — evoked spring sunshine.

As the face of CoverGirl, it's no surprise that the country singer's glam look was created entirely with the brand's makeup products. Ballerini's makeup artist, Kelsey Deenihan, gave PEOPLE an exclusive look at the products she used to achieve Ballerini's Grammy look.

"I wanted Kelsea's monochromatic, warm copper makeup look to complement her gorgeous sunshine yellow Prabal gown," Deenihan tells PEOPLE. She prepped Ballerini's skin with the CoverGirl Clean Fresh Skincare Priming Glow Mist, which contains rosewater and vitamin C to hydrate and brighten the skin.

CoverGirl Clean Fresh Skincare Priming Glow Facial Mist

covergirl clean glow facial mist

The next step in prepping the "Half of My Hometown" singer's skin was neutralizing any redness with the Clean Fresh Skincare Correcting Serum + Moisturizer + Primer.

This product is formulated with avocado and ceramides to moisturize the skin while helping to strengthen the skin's natural moisture barrier. It's available in four different shades designed to combat redness, dark spots, and dullness. "Fair," the shade used on Ballerini for tonight's look, is meant to cancel out redness with contrasting green pigment.

CoverGirl Clean Fresh Color Correcting Serum + Moisturizer + Primer

Covergirl Clean Fresh Color Correcting Serum in Fair

Once Ballerini's skin was primed and prepped, Deenihan applied "a light veil of CoverGirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk Foundation in a mixture of shades 540 Light and 560 Medium." This lightweight foundation was created for all skin tones and types to leave a dewy, fresh finish — which is apparent in the country singer's gorgeous, springy glow.

CoverGirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk Foundation

Covergirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk

Ballerini's warm, glowing makeup look wouldn't be complete without a layer of bronzer and blush. "To add a bronze glow to Kelsea's cheeks, I swept the CoverGirl TruBlend So Flushed High Pigment Bronzer in the color 420 Warmth from her temples across her cheekbones," Deenihan tells PEOPLE.

While it's technically a powdered bronzer, the TruBlend formula is highly pigmented and feels creamy to the touch. It comes in three different warming shades and was designed to feel comfortable on the skin for all-day wear. The same TruBlend formula is also available in warming blush shades, like Coral Crush, which Deenihan used above the bronzer on Ballerini's cheekbones.

CoverGirl TruBlend So Flushed High Pigment Bronzer

Covergirl TruBlend bronzer

Deenihan used multiple eyeshadow palettes to create the singer's sultry, shimmery, smoky eye look. She first swiped on a warm pink-brown from the CoverGirl Clean Fresh Clean Color Eyeshadow Palette in 222 Dreamy Pink to heat up the lids followed by the second and third shades from the CoverGirl Clean Fresh Clean Color Eyeshadow Palette in 262 Golden Toffee along the outer corners of the eyes to add definition. She then used her finger to press in the second shimmery copper shade from the CoverGirl Clean Fresh Clean Color Eyeshadow Palette in 252 Spiced Copper onto the lids for a high-definition grand finale.

CoverGirl Clean Fresh Color Clean Eyeshadow Spiced Copper

Clean Fresh Color Clean Eyeshadow Spiced Copper

"To finish the look, we chose CoverGirl Exhibitionist Crème Lipstick in 505 Burnt Red Pepper," Deenihan shares. "I love this lipstick not only because the color is beautiful but because the formula is moisturizing and long-lasting — perfect for all-night wear!"

CoverGirl Exhibitionist Cream Lipstick

CoverGirl Exhibitionist Cream Lipstick

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