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Ruth Negga’s makeup artist reveals how to get her red carpet look – EXCLUSIVE

A-lister red carpet makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis tells Healthista the EXACT products and techniques she used on A-lister Ruth Negga at the Oscars and the Golden Globes

Ruth Negga is an Irish raised upcoming Hollywood star, who caught the eye of everyone on Sunday night at the Oscars. The Ethiopian born actress was nominated for 25 awards in total for her portrayal of Mildred in ‘Loving’, including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, as well as for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Ruth made a statement on the red carpet, not only with her daring and stunning Valentino gown, but with a blue ribbon, a political statement. The ribbon showed her support for ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), whose rights could potentially be taken away under Donald Trump’s power. Karlie Kloss, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, and Sting all stood in solidarity for the non-profit organisation wearing the ribbon.

Ruth's clutch bag ready for the Oscars
Ruth’s clutch bag ready for the Oscars

Not only are Ruth’s gowns to die for, but her makeup is always flawless, highlighting her beautiful doe-eyes and radiant skin. Behind the expertly put together look, is makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis, who works with the likes of Lea Michele, Amber Heard and Natalie Portman. She breaks down Ruth’s looks at the Oscars and Golden Globes, and how you can achieve it with the exact products.

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Ruth Negga at the Oscars 2017

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Ruth is wearing a Valentino Custom dress, with a classic silhouette in a true Valentino red. It has a slight Victorian feel to it, which I think suit Ruth’s timeless beauty so perfectly. To complement this gown, Ruth is wearing a truly spectacular ruby headband and fantastic earrings, all styled by Karla Welch.

We agreed on an earthy matte smoky eye and a matte ruby lip, to match the jewelry and complete a full look to match the jewelry

When I saw both colors together, I knew we had to do a ruby lip. The inspiration was a fierce pagan goddess – the lady in red. We agreed on an earthy matte smoky eye and a matte ruby lip, to match the jewelry and complete a full look to match the jewelry.


I start with massaging Chanel Blue Serum Longevity, Ingredients From The World’s Blue Zone onto the skin. I then apply an eye mask that will stay on the eye for 15/20 minutes Chanel Le Lift Firming AntiWrinkle Flash Eye Revitalizer. Once the eye mask is off, Chanel Hydra Beauty Flash Instantly Hydrating Perfecting Balm is a must to give the skin a boost of hydration and to perfect skin texture before make up. A nice thick coat of  Chanel Hydra Beauty Nutrition Nourishing Lip Care on the lip that I will be taking off – I only use it before I apply lipstick. I finished off my skin prep with Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Energy Mist. I leave it in the fridge or on ice so it’s a cold mist. Time to get glam!

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For a flawless foundation that still let the skin breath and stays on all night (and day if it needs to) I used Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Flawless Foundation applied with Chanel Pinceau Fond De Teint Estompe Blending Brush #7. Just on the T-Zone I applied Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Finish Loose Powder #30.

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Finish Loose Powder, ruth negga's makeup, by healthista


I applied Glossier Cloud Paint in Blush, which is not yet on the market, on the apple of the cheeks to counter balance the drama of the make up with a little pink freshness. It’s a gel-cream blush hybrid that will come in four shades soon!


I wanted the eyes to have an earthy matte feeling to them, but I wanted a creamy base first so the eyeshadow would stick to it better. I started with Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in New Moon all over the eyelid, over the crease and under the eyes quiet low on the lash line. Then I used Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Candeur and Experience.  I played and worked with all 4 colors, really packing on the color on lid and bottom lash line and using the rust color in the crease of the eyes. I always love a burgundy mascara at the bottom and black on top. I use Chanel Inmitable Intense in Rouge Noir for bottom and in Noir (black) for top lashes.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Candeur and Experience, ruth negga's makeup artist, by


I wanted a perfect matte lip to match the jewelry. We settled on Chanel Le Crayon Levres in Rouge Profound with Chanel Rouge Allure Ink in ÉXPERIMENTÉ.

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Ruth Negga’s makeup at the Golden Globes 2017

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Ruth wore a gorgeous metallic Louis Vuitton Couture gown. The dress is sensational and has a “Metropolis” futuristic feel to it. The dress shines with gold and silver hues with sequins, so I wanted to create a well-balanced, skin and eyes focused look.

This look was all about the skin.

Ruth’s face is so unique and ethereal. Her skin is flawless with freckles and beauty spots. My goal was to focus on a breathable skin and a soft smoky plum/purple eyes to compliment and showcase the rose gold in the dress and to be a little less predictable than a brown/gold shadow.


This look was all about the skin. Skin preparation and makeup must work well together, complimenting each other. I wanted Ruth’s skin to look well hydrated and glowing, but not over moisturized, as the makeup need to stay on all night long. I always start the day with an eye mask. For this, I used the Chanel Le Lift Firming Anti-Wrinkle. It brightens and smoothes the under eyes and is truly a great base for concealer and illuminating the under eye. For maximum hydration, I massaged a generous amount of Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum. It is a water light weight serum that gives intense hydration, leaving the skin glowing and make up ready. I then applied Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care on the lip at the beginning of the makeup session and let it sink in and moisturize until we began to apply make-up.

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I purposely didn’t moisturize too much because I layered two skin foundations to give a great YET glowing coverage. I wanted Ruth’s skin to radiate health and luminosity. I started with Chanel Sublimage Le Teint Radiance Cream Foundation #50, applied with SMITH Foundation Brush #115. I used the brush in circular motion from the middle of the face outward, polishing this lightweight foundation onto the skin. I layered this with Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet #70 with SMITH Bronzer Brush #122. I used this foundation because I wanted a little more coverage whilst keeping the skin breathable. The flat brush gives me more precision. I pressed the foundation onto the skin and blended it with Sublimage for a flawless and long lasting make up. Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder in translucent was  applied at the end of the look, lightly, just on the T Zone with a powder puff.

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, ruth negga's makeup artist, by


I applied Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony with SMITH Blush Powder Brush #118. Apply the four shades at once for a subtle sun kissed look then just pick the blush colored one and concentrate the color on the apple of the cheeks for a fresh “flushed” look. For Ruth’s skin, the gold shimmer color on her cheekbones create a lovely highlight.


We went for a top heavy smoky eye, meaning no color on the bottom. I used  Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in New Moon applied with SMITH Quill Crease Brush #230. Apply the this creamy shimmery eyeshadow all over the eyelid up the crease. I then used Chanel Le Crayon Khôl #17. This is a dark purple kohl which I used very near the lash line to create a thick winged eyeliner. A kohl is softer than a liquid liner, and I smudged the line for a softer look with SMITH Tightliner Brush #212, which is a small angular brush.

Then, I start creating some depth with Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Cambon applied with SMITH Quill Crease Brush #230. This is a really dark burgundy cream shadow. I used it on the outer corner of the eyes and in the crease.

I wanted a pop of a rose gold on the inner corner, so I used Stilla Magnificent Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Metal Rose Gold. I dabbed a little bit of this reflective shadow on inner of the eyes.

stilla magnificent metals foil finish eye shadow, Ruth Negga's makeup artist reveals how to get her red carpet look, healthista

Then I added in a couple of coats of black mascara on top, Le Volume De Chanel in Noir, and then Chanel Inmitable Intense in Roige Noir, a burgundy colour, on the bottom lashes.


I wanted a nude lip but with a little pop in the middle, so I used Chanel Le Rouge Crayon De Couleur in Nude all over the lips and then Chanel Rouge Allure Ink in Luxuriant. Dab it in the middle of the lips and press lips together.

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