Brown Girl Beauty Inspo: Solange Knowles's Simple Red Carpet Glamour

Bright orange-red lips and defined eye, Baby Knowles style!
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Bright orange-red lips and defined eye, Baby Knowles style!

After online stalking Solange Knowles's style and her makeup for a while, I'm convinced we're conjoined souls that got separated from each other when the creator up there were sorting out families. My girl 'Lange and I were born a day apart, we're the same height, and I would totally be stealing her wardrobe had we actually been born sisters.

Because I'm in no position to steal her wardrobe, I'll steal her makeup looks instead. I decided to go easy on myself and try this red carpet scene-stealing look she had on at the Angel Ball last year:

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She had strong, defined eyes, a healthy, subtle glow on the cheeks, and a bright orangey-red lipstick that I actually wouldn't wear usually. But I decided to go for it--why do something halfway, right?

My tools of the trade... for this look, at least.

My tools of the trade... for this look, at least.

Start with foundation. I used Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20 after my usual sunscreen. (There's no such thing as too many layers of SPF, I like to think, especially since I will eventually sweat away all of it.)

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Her eyes in this look were relatively easy: she (or her makeup artist) highlighted the inside of her eyes with a silver shimmer, and then lined her whole eye with black eyeliner before finishing it with false lashes.

With eyeshadow and waterlined lined.

With eyeshadow and waterlined lined.

I did the same, except I used Naked Palette's Buck on my whole lid before highlighting my inner eye with Maybelline's Color Tattoo eyeshadow in Bad to The Bronze.

I used Sleek's Eyeliner Gel Pot to start, but it wasn't dark enough, so I had to double and triple up the layers with other eyeliners I had in my possession.

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I finished off my eyes with false lashes and multiple coats of my current favorite mascara by Lancome. I also used Shadow Shields under my eyes to catch sparkly shadow fall out. Think of them as pantyliners for your eyes.

On my cheeks I dusted MAC's Powder Blush in Simmer.

For my lips, I needed something BRIGHT and RED. And Lime Crime Velvetines in Red Velvet did the trick. This is such a cool/weird lip paint that stays matte like you literally used a watercolor paint to color your lips. It's in a lipgloss tube but dries matte--bizarre and cool at the same time, but I wish they had more colors!

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Then came the hair. I hadn't washed my hair in a day, so I had oils to smooth it down without the need for gels or anything. I parted my hair down the middle and secured it in a low, messy bun.

Notice that crazy vain in the middle of my forehead? I've started noticing it more frequently in my photos lately. WHAT IS THAT?!

Notice that crazy vain in the middle of my forehead? I've started noticing it more frequently in my photos lately. WHAT IS THAT?!

And ta-dah! All done. What do you think?

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Low messy bun!

Low messy bun!

I even threw on a booby dress for good measure:

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