In an interview with Billboard, Daniel Kaluuya’s makeup artist/groomer Amber Amos revealed that it took the Best Actor nominee 30 minutes to get red carpet-ready on Sunday evening (Monday morning here in our part of the world). “The most important part is skin prep and making sure his skin is very hydrated, because realistically, most guys aren’t prepping their skin and they don’t really have a routine. Daniel is so low-key, every time the goal is to perfect the skin and make him look less tired than he is because he’s doing a lot.”


She also listed the other products she used to help Kaluuya get that A List glow:

For the lips: Paula’s Choice Lip &Body Treatment Balm, available on Amazon.

To cleanse and refresh the skin, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner.

For mild exfoliation, Kate Somerville Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads, available on Amazon.

To tighten the under-eye area, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer.

To get rid of facial puffiness, Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift, available on Sephora.

For hydration, Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men

For coverage, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, available on Sephora. Amos used a mix of the shades 480 and 490 on Kaluuya.

Fenty Beauty tweeted their appreciation:

To set everything, Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator Refreshing Shine Control Toner for Men.

In applying foundation, Amos used Stila’s One Step Complexion brush #33, and to keep off the shine from Kaluuya’s face, she relied on blotterazzi by Beauty Blender. Just before the actor hit the Dolby Theater, she reapplied hydrating lip balm on him and brushed his eyebrows in an upward motion with Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel.

All that may sound a lot, but it took the makeup artist around 30 minutes to do everything. And the results, as we all saw, were great.

“We’ve done a great job of making sure he has glowing, beautiful skin,” Amos told Billboard. “It’s so easy for someone of his skin tone to show up ashy or grey on a red carpet because of flash or a flashback from a product. That’s the most important thing; I want him to go out there and be golden, I want him to glow.” And damn, he did.

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