All the scoop on Carrie's CMA beauty looks

By Brittany Talarico
Updated November 06, 2014 06:22 PM
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Carrie Underwood‘s skin looked even more flawless than usual at Wednesday’s CMA Awards. Yes, she has that whole mom-to-be glow thing happening, but there’s another reason behind her perfect complexion. How do we know? Her makeup artist told us all about it.

Carrie Underwood makeup


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“I added a little coconut oil to her skin at the very end to give her that extra glow,” Melissa Schleicher told PEOPLE. “Seriously, just a dot. The tiniest bit ever.”

As for the rest of the Almay spokeswoman’s look, Schleicher used the brand’s Smart Shade CC luminous primer and skin tone-matching makeup (in light/medium), plus a mix of two Almay Smart Shade blushes in pink and nude. On the eyes, she went for a soft smokey look (courtesy of the line’s Intense i-Color kit for hazel eyes) and some liquid eyeliner. To complete her red carpet moment? A swipe of Almay’s new Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick in pink-light, hitting stores in December.

“Carrie is so easy. We don’t plan anything out,” she shared. “When we get there the night of we just look at it. She just goes with the flow. We wanted something very classic and timeless.”

Schleicher was backstage for the award show, helping Underwood during her 11 outfit changes.

“The most time we ever had to change is 14 minutes for clothes, shoes, hair and makeup,” she shared. “We only had six minutes to get her ready for her performance, which was kind of nerve wracking.”

Her favorite look of the night? “I loved the red dress when she came out matchy-matchy with the red lip and her hair half up.” (We loved that too — as it’s rare to see the star in a red lip!)

For those who want to try Underwood’s bold pout at home (the shade is Almay’s “Apple a Day”), you might want to follow this pro tip. “I put foundation on her lips first,” Schleicher says. “I cover the lips with a little bit of foundation and try to put on the color as perfect as I can. Sometimes red scares me.”

The makeup maven also has a tip for long-lasting eye color. “I wet any shadow that has shimmer to it and that intensifies the color. Just add a little water. It will make it last all night.”

And if you happened to notice Underwood’s hair was a bit blonder last night, you’re right.

“We did go a little lighter on her hair,” Schleicher said. “We were going in the darker, ombré direction for a while, but we brightened it up for last night. She looked like a ray of sunshine.”

What did you think of Underwood’s beauty look? Are you a fan? Share your thoughts below.

–Brittany Talarico

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