A little backstory before the post:

About a week ago, I was in Los Angeles on an assignment and I had the good fortune of going backstage to a taping of The Queen Latifah Show. I went to visit my friend, celebrity makeup artist and beauty influencer Sam Fine — he’s Queen Latifah’s official makeup artist! It was such a great day to stop by, because Jacqueline Bissett and Lupita Nyong’o were Queen Latifah’s guests! YES. I was within mere feet of Lupita. She is petite and gorgeous and just as stunning in person.

Queen Latifah Lupita Nyongo

It was quite a lovely interview between two women I admire. I was so happy to be there for their moment!

I wanted to meet Lupita but I was too shy. I also wanted to meet Queen Latifah (she said hi at one point but had to go on stage right then so it wasn’t a good time to be like OMGI’VEBEENAFANMYWHOLELIFE) – but there will be a next time for those opportunities, I know there will! And I got to meet Queen Latifah’s amazing stylist Timothy Snell, and say hello to my friend Ted Gibson who was backstage with Team Lupita (creating those super cool hairstyles)! It was such a great afternoon.

While I was at the show taping, Sam and Queen did a COVERGIRL beauty segment and it was really cool to see the time lapse video of Sam creating Queen Latifah’s signature beautiful and polished look.



He also briefly discussed amping up her look for evening with a dark lip. I sat there in the audience like YASSSSSSSSS because I am HERE for a dark lip and always have been. Look!

Queen Latifah looks SO fly with a deep merlot lip color. I knew I had to get the details when I saw her step on the stage at the GRAMMY Awards wearing the same kind of look, to marry 34 couples while Mary Lambert, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed their hit song Same Love.

Queen Latifah GRAMMYs COVERGIRL Sam Fine Makeup

My friends at COVERGIRL and Sam Fine sent the full breakdown on Queen Latifah’s elegant, gorgeous look – of course using all COVERGIRL and many of her own Queen Collection products. Finally I know exactly what that lip color is! Take it away, Sam!

COVERGIRL Queen Latifah GRAMMY Beauty Look by Sam Fine

The inspiration for the beauty look all begins with the dress… and Queen Latifah’s request to look elegant, simple and chic!

Every look begins with flawless skin – beautiful coverage and a gorgeous glow! I used a synthetic foundation brush to gently apply COVERGIRL Queen Collection All Day Flawless Foundation. This long-lasting formula fuses foundation, concealer and powder in one easy step! It was perfect for an evening of red carpet interviews, her groundbreaking on-stage performance and after parties.

After applying foundation, I dabbed a bit of COVERGIRL truMAGIC Skin Perfector along the bridge of the nose, crest of the cheeks and along the collarbone to highlight her golden skintone.  I used COVERGIRL Queen Collection Lasting Matte Pressed Powder to set underneath the eyes and the center of the face, and then applied my favorite bronzer, COVERGIRL Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer, near the outer perimeter of the face for glowing results.

A clean eye doesn’t mean that I don’t use eye shadow; it simply means I used natural looking shades to enhance her eyes. Using my index finger, I applied COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity in Pitch Black Passion over the entire eye to add a shimmering effect. Then, I applied COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity in Pitch Black Passion closest to the lashline, extending it at the outer corner to lift the eye. Lastly, I applied individual lashes and few coats of COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume Mascara in Very Black for added drama.

A deep colored lip always looks elegant and chic, so I chose COVERGIRL Queen Collection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Soaked In Wine (Q850) for an effortless finish!

Thanks for the insider info, Sam and COVERGIRL!

You can follow Sam on Twitter @SamFineBeauty and on Instagram @IAmSamFine, you can follow Queen Latifah @IAmQueenLatifah on Twitter, and COVERGIRL @COVERGIRL. I need that Soaked in Wine Jumbo Gloss Balm in my LIFE!



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