Glow Up gang, you asked, and we’ve got answers! Some great moments deserve a sequel, and we’ve therefore done some deep investigative journalism to get the details on our favorite look of Grammy night 2018.
As previously posted, Eve was our hands-down winner of this year’s awards ceremony, despite not being nominated this year (sorry, Beyoncé). Thanks to our intrepid, talented and well-connected Gizmodo Media Group family (we’re talking about you, Victor Amos!), we were able to get the scoop on Eve’s incredible Grammys style—and, most important, how to imitate it.
Let’s start with that gorgeous face: Makeup artist Ernesto Casillas has been working with Eve since the promotional tour for Barbershop and counts her among his favorite clients. For her Grammys look, he rose to the occasion while not even knowing what the star would be wearing, as he tells The Glow Up:
For the look, I knew right away that I wanted to keep it pretty and somewhat classic. We didn’t know exactly what outfit she was going to wear up until right before she went on, so I wanted to keep the colors neutral and paint her in a way that she would feel confident and pretty.
The multihyphenate added “red-carpet host” to her title this year, co-hosting the evening’s Grammy Red Carpet Live with Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell, Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight. To make sure the star stayed stellar-looking throughout the day, Casillas had a strategy:
I knew she had to be in rehearsals all day and the makeup had to stay looking fresh for over 10 hours, so I first started with her eyes. I used my favorite pressed powder from Iman that I use as both bronzer and eye shadow, and applied that all over the crease. On the lid, I used ColourPop eye shadow in White Rabbit; it’s an intense coppery pink with gold shimmer. I finished the eyes off with a pair of mink lashes from Lilly Lashes in style Ela.
For the skin, I always start with a liquid foundation and add cream foundation on top, for more coverage, highlighting and contouring. For the Grammys, I started with Nars Sheer Glow and built on that with Hourglass Vanish Foundation Sticks. I layer the skin further by adding Iman pressed powder and rose-toned blush.
Casillas also wanted to make sure the focus stayed where it belonged while his star was speaking on the red carpet:
Eve usually likes to opt for a nude pink lip, but I knew I wanted a midtone lip, since she was wearing a suit and would be interviewing people. I wanted the mouth to also be a focus, but not too dark, either. I lined the lips with a deep berry color and filled in with a lighter, peachier shade. I used Kat Von D’s “Lolita” lipstick and some nude gloss over that.
And lest we forget that Eve opted to wear not one, but two décolletage-baring blazers during the evening, Casillas certainly didn’t, using Gleam Body Bronzing Lotion in shade Deep Gold on her chest.
And as for that mane of perfectly tousled waves Eve was rocking over her shoulder? You can thank hairstylist Angela Christine, who’s been working with Eve for over seven years and also styles her for The Talk. Christine tells The Glow Up:
She’s an amazing person to work with, [and] really makes the job easy. Eve loves strong and effortless, so once she chose the suit, she wanted something that felt relaxed and beautiful at the same time.
That doesn’t mean that deciding on Eve’s style was effortless; Christine was ready for a big chop, but the star felt otherwise. “We actually went back and forth about the hair. ... I wanted to do a shorter, edgy cut, but she was serious about keeping it long,” Christine says.
And as for that color? Christine says that she and Eve have been playing with both warm and cool tones lately, and the honey tone was actually done well in advance. The extensions actually came from Christine’s own line, Conscious Curls, in a texture called Strength, which closely resembles natural hair blown out. “This [allowed] for lots of fullness and volume, which we both loved,” Christine says.
Christine then used a medium-barrel ceramic curling iron to achieve those gorgeous loose waves, strategically curling in opposite directions for a messier look. She then used Ouai Rose Oil and Kenra Texturizing Taffy to create even more separation and texture.
Christine—who, in addition to working for The Talk, also has a salon in West Hollywood, Calif., and consults for other beauty brands—is releasing a series of affirming children’s books called the Pretty Curls Club. Judging by Eve’s look on Sunday night, Christine is the pretty-curl expert.