Octavia Spencer has been making waves on the red carpet, but in my opinion – not for the right reasons.

Nobody wants to talk about how beautiful she is, how luminous her skin is, or what she’s wearing. The media is obsessed with issues like weight, size, and how many pairs of Spanx she may or may not be wearing. For the record, Octavia addressed it all very eloquently via her Facebook page — click here to read how she feels about all of THAT. And click here to join the Octavia Spencer fan page!

When I see Octavia Spencer on the red carpet, I see a woman I can relate to. A woman who looks amazing, and has beautiful hair, makeup, and a fabulous dress on — Tadashi Shoji at the SAG’s and at the Golden Globes (will she rock Tadashi at the Oscars, too? Can’t wait to see!)

Octavia Spencer’s makeup artist is the beautiful Val Noble — follow her on Twitter @MissValNoble! I contacted her to ask the hard hitting beauty questions. Like, how did this beautiful relationship begin?

“I met Octavia 6 years ago on the set of a Comedy Central show. I was doing hair and makeup and we stayed in touch after the show and she called me when ever she needed her makeup done or to have some foundation mixed up for her.”

Now that awards season has kicked into high gear, Val Noble is a BUSY woman. Val is a self-taught makeup artist with over 30 years experience doing hair, and she was involved in Octavia’s looks for both the SAG’s and the Golden Globes. “Because I do both hair and make-up, sometimes I have to do one or the other. For the SAG awards I did her hair (The fabulous bun). For the Golden Globes, I did her makeup.”

Here’s the official breakdown on Octavia’s Golden Globes look!

“For foundation I used Iman stick foundation on the T-zone, cheek area and Nars Sheer Matte Foundation in Benares blended out on the forehead and jawline.

Powder is next because you need it to set the makeup and stop shine. Most women need 2 colors because the T-zone, cheek area and forehead jawline are a different colors. I use Nars pressed powder in Mountain on the T-zone and pressed powder in Heat on the forehead and jawline.

I used an ELF pro mini eyeshadow palette for her eyes. Matte mauve on the lid, black along the lash line to outer corners close to the brow bone and a light shimmer right under the brow arch. Individual lashes and Fluidline gel liner by Mac in Blacktrack.

Cheeks are a Mac powder blush in Fever. And Lips are lined with Iman Luxury Lip Pencil in Tan and Nars Lip Gloss in Fever.

My favorite make-up brands are Nars, Elf, NYX, Revlon and L’Oreal. The drugstore brands are pretty nice nowadays, especially the lip colors and mascaras. The Pro Brands do a little better with eye shadows, blushes (deeper pigments) and foundations (more colors for darker skins).”

I loved her mix of high and low, drugstore and department store! That’s my kinda makeup! I had to ask Val her advice for me, seeing as I’m headed to the Oscar red carpet for the very first time.

“For your Oscar look you can’t go wrong with a muted eye with lots of lashes and a nice eyeliner winged up in the corners. I am in love with the new brighter lip colors which will give you a fresh new look with the muted eye. If you want to take it up a notch, add a glitter shimmer on the lid only. It will give a hint of shine and twinkle when you blink. Make sure to have some blotting papers on hand…. They are perfect for absorbing shine without over powdering.” GREAT advice, Val!! Thank you so much!!

For up and coming artists, Val also offered stellar advice: “For a new artist, I would say to never give up… make sure to work neat and clean (clean your brushes after every client), and don’t be afraid to try something new. Sometimes you can use blush for eyeshadow, or eyeshadow for eyebrows or contouring, etc. Also make friends with other successful artists because when they get busy, they will need help.”

For more of Val’s AMAZING work check out her bi-monthly magazine RegardMag.com or follow them on Twitter @RegardMagazine. For more of Val’s awesomeness, follow her @MissValNoble.

Can’t wait to see Octavia Spencer at the Oscars! My fingers and toes are crossed for an interview opportunity!

What was your fave of Octavia’s red carpet looks, bellas?



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