Did you see the photos from Monday night’s star-studded Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Black Voices and Concrete Loop did a great features of the red carpet glitz and glamour if you’re looking for makeup inspiration. You probably already know, Kanye’s lady Amber Rose was resplendent in red, and Rihanna looked sleek and stunning in a tuxedo, working the smokey eye and nude lip for all it’s worth.

I got a whole lot of makeup inspiration from the photos I saw, and you already know I love a good product-by-product breakdown of what the pretty people are using! My amigas at The Lancome Blog broke down the products used on some of my favorite model muses who were present at the event. These aren’t products priced for my bellas on a budget, but at least you’ll get an idea of which colors look hottest on the most stunning women of color in the modeling game. Then it’s just a matter of finding affordable alternatives!

First up: Alek Wek!

Celebrity makeup artist Oslyn Holder went bold — deep burgundy reds for the eternally stunning supermodel. She lined the upper lash line with Lancome Le Stylo Eyeliner in Noir and blended Color Design Eyeshadow in Statuesque (black) and Backstage Pass (deep burgundy red) on the eyelid. To make Alek’s eyes pop, she applied several coats of Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Deep Black.
Oslyn added color to Alek’s cheeks using Color Design Cream Blush in Chic Cassis — a deep, bricky color. She used Color Fever Gloss in Intense — a bold merlot color — to finish the look.


Lancôme makeup artist Tarek Abbas created Lancôme spokesmodel Arlenis Sosa’s soft, polished look.

Tarek lined Le Crayon Kohl in Black Ebony on the upper lash line and followed with Le Stylo Waterproof in Noir, smudging it on the lower lashes. Tarek added Color Design Eyeshadow in Kitten Heel (shimmery baby pink) to the eyelid. Lancome Oscillating mascara in Black created a faux-lash effect. For a high-shine pout, he lined the lips with Le Lipstique in Amandelle and topped it with La Laque Fever in Neutral Current, a pretty, sparkling, translucent brown.

Afrobella primarily focuses on darker hues of beautiful, but I’ve gotten so many wonderful e mails from Asian readers who are looking for their beauty fix as well. I know y’all are right there with me on the lack of representation in the beauty industry! I found out the secrets to the radiant look that
Lancôme makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor created for stunning Chinese supermodel Du Juan. Read on for more!


He used Lancome Artliner Precision Point EyeLiner in Brown on the upper lash line and added a few coats of Lancôme Virtuôse Black Carat Mascara. Andrew stepped outside of the Lancome family and added just a touch of color to the eyes with Shu Uemura Eyeshadow in ME Brown 860 and ME Pink 100. He lined the lips with Lancôme Le Lipstique in Natural Mauve and topped it with La Laque Fever gloss in Pink Dimension, and dusted Du Juan with Lancome Star Bronzer.

Pretty! And now I’ve got a list a mile-long of Lancome products I’m dying to try. Starting with that oscillating mascara!

Who wore your favorite look at the MET, bellas? Tell me and I’ll try to get their makeup breakdown for you!


b. says:
May 8, 2009, 8:45 am
Now, I don't follow models religiously...but I must say that's the best makeup job I've ever seen on Ms. Wek. FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing...
dee says:
May 8, 2009, 9:51 am
Why do makeup artists never admit their clients are wearing false lashes? This is just in general, but in all the write ups I've seen NOBODY says what lashes they are. It's so irritating. But in any case, Alek's makeup, especially the lips, is gorgeous.
trinigul says:
May 8, 2009, 10:16 am
I'm no Alek Wek fan but I've just been converted. JUST GORGEOUS!
Ms. Aja B. says:
May 8, 2009, 10:36 am
I must agree with trinigul. I am in love with that pic of Ms. Wek! I only wish they had listed what shade of foundation they had used as well. I am going to have to splurge for that lip color though--LOVE IT!!!
BeauteNoire says:
May 8, 2009, 2:11 pm
Thanks for posting this Bella! Alec's blush and lip gloss are to die for!
Twenga says:
May 12, 2009, 6:31 am
They are so pretty!!
SoFrolushes says:
May 12, 2009, 1:28 pm
I like alek wek's makeup. one of the best looks for her
Tara says:
May 16, 2009, 4:39 pm
Alek is beautiful. She doesn't even need makeup.
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