Just days before Black Panther takes over theaters everywhere, the blockbuster-bound movie made its mark on fashion’s biggest stage.
In the midst of New York Fashion Week, the Marvel Studios movie hosted an event, “Welcome to Wakanda”, at which designers presented a myriad of pieces inspired by its characters. In addition to bespoke looks (which will be auctioned off for Save the Children) by Cushnie et Oche, Tome and Sophie Theallet, among others, the event also featured capsule collections by a handful of brands. And taking a break from Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o’s whirlwind worldwide tour, her makeup pro Nick Barose lent his expertise to the show’s beauty looks – and shared his backstage photos exclusively with PeopleStyle.
Barose, one of the most sought-after makeup artists in Hollywood, is known for putting a great deal of thought into his beauty looks, which often celebrate a range of cultures. When he’s not touring the world with Nyong’o, he can be found collaborating with everyone from Tessa Thompson to Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Tasked with concepting several unforgettable looks for the show, Barose walked us through his process. To start, “I always try to do some sketches,” he revealed, sharing close-ups of his mood boards.
Inspired by African face art, the pro drew decorative dots using Lancôme’s purple Drama Liqui-Pencil because “the regal shade is significant to the film — it was even the color of the premiere’s carpet” rather than traditional red, he explains. Barose both adjusted the hue and the size of the dots to what best complemented each model’s complexion and face shape.
The look is reminiscent of one he created for Nyong’o in 2016, while the actress was promoting her film Queen of Katwe. At the time, he referred to her liquid-gold-like dots as a “piece of jewelry.”
With the spotlight on the eyes, Barose kept the lips bare. “I really want the look to be fun but wearable, definitely not costume-y,” he shared. Barose says the key to recreating the dots is to have fun: “It’s not about making it too perfect.” Barose relies on a long-wear pencil to lessen the chance of smudging.
With the models’ looks set, Barose shifted his focus back to his long-time client, Nyong’o, complementing her braided updo with a soft smoky eye and brick red lip.