Janelle Monae 2014 Essence Music Festival - Day 2

Even though I didn’t make it to Essence Music Festival this year (insert sad face), I admired from a far like many of you.


All the bells and whistles for pulled out for the 20th anniversary of our culture’s biggest music festival. Janelle Monae was one of the artists that I stalked from HEAD TO TOE. But it was her flawless makeup that had me begging Sam Fine for the deets.

Check out how he achieved this look.

Here’s what Sam had to say!

Inspiration for the look:

Janelle is known for having great style and wearing classic black/white clothing… and a signature red lip. It’s always my goal to bring something new to each face without changing or challenging the client’s personal style. So, I placed my focus on skin, lashes and lips!


Janelle’s skin is fantastic, so I used two shades of truBLEND Foundation – one to highlight the under eye area and the other to match her complexion perfectly! I barely used any powder because truBLEND dries down to a powdery finish and I really wanted to maintain a “second-skin” effect. I love enhancing skin with bronzer, so the next product I selected from my makeup arsenal was Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer. I applied it to the outer perimeter of the face (forehead, cheeks, etc.), which provides dimension, contour and a soft, subtle glow.


I kept the eyes simple, yet defined. Using Bombshell Intensity Liner in black, I drew a thick line that winged out to elongate the eye, then topped it off by adding false lashes and a few coats of Clump Crusher by LashBlast mascara to both top and bottom lashes.


Janelle’s signature red lip is the perfect accent to this classic look. First I applied LipPerfection Lipcolor in Hot, then topped it off with a dab of Colorlicious Lipgloss in Sweet Strawberry for dimension and shine. And because we love you beauties, shop all her looks below!

And because I love you gals, shop her look below! (I already did)


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