Lupita Nyong'o's MTV Movie Awards Makeup: Exclusive Details on the 'Disco-Inspired' Look!

04/13/2014 at 09:52 PM ET

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Reason No. 342 we love Lupita Nyong’o: she’s not afraid to go bold with her makeup — like, cherry red lips with bright blue eye shadow bold. And for the MTV Movie Awards Sunday night, the new “ambassadress” for Lancôme showed off yet another noteworthy beauty look.

“It’s pretty out there,” makeup artist Nick Barose tells PEOPLE of the metallic eye effect he gave Nyong’o. “We went with something kind of ’70s disco-inspired, but wearable, not costume-y.”

Barose started with Lancôme Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base, then applied Color Design Infinite 24H eye shadow in “Unlimited Silver” followed by Color Design eye shadow in “All That Glitter”. For extra intensity, he defined her eyes with black liquid liner, elongating her natural shape at the outer corners. He did two coats of mascara on her upper lashes and left the bottom ones bare.

“When you’re wearing a really colorful dress like Lupita’s Chanel one, silver is a good option,” says Barose.

RELATED PHOTOS: See what Lupita (and more of your favorite stars) were wearing at the MTV Movie Awards!

For the lips, he chose L’Absolu Rouge in Saffron Silk, a salmon shade. “We didn’t want to compete with the eye. This color isn’t too bright, but it still pops.”

So what did Nyong’o think of the final look? “She loved it,” says Barose. “She looks good in every color. We always go for something fun that we haven’t done before.”

–Andrea Lavinthal

The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms


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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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LuvLeeRita on

She’s beautiful and talented.

jckfmsincty on

She’s a beautiful woman, but why did she wear those nerdy, thick black glasses on the show?