One of our favorite looks from Sunday’s Soul Train Awards was Ella Mai’s stunning eyeliner and bold lip combo.
Emily Cheng, the celeb artist behind Ella’s look is the artist who has worked with Hollywood’s biggest stars – Barbie Ferreira, Yara Shahidi, Kerry Washington, and more.
Emily achieved Ella’s look by using Shiseido’s incredible line of skincare and makeup products. We have listed and linked all products below and Emily gave us her step by step of how you can achieve this look as well!
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“Glammed, androgynous and sophisticated, we kept the lines clean and definition sharp to go
with the rest of the look.
Wanted the lips to stand out as this look came with a hat that shadows the upper half of her
face. However, I still defined the eyes so they would stand out but kept it clean. No color, just
contour, and black eyeliner.”
“Cleanse face with refreshing towels.
I applied the pure retinol intensive revitalizing mask for about 10 minutes then took a hot towel
to do quick steam so the serum from the mask would penetrate further. At this step, take
notice of any dry patches and gently scrub with the towel. I find usually in-between the
eyebrows, around the nose and mouth. I massage the remainder of the serum into the skin.
Once that is absorbed I massage in the serum, moisturizer, and eye cream. I take my time to do
this so that everything is well absorbed and the skin feels smooth. Lastly, blot the tzone with
“I started by applying Shiseido Synchro skin self-refreshing foundation in 330 all over and then
using 330 I create depth around the edges of the face like the hairline/forehead and jawline.
Ella’s skin is pretty flawless so I used just a dab of Shiseido’s Synchroskin self-refreshing
concealer in 302 right under the eyes and blend out edges with 203.
To finish the base I lightly set the t-zone with Shiseido’s Synchroskin invisible silk loose powder
I slightly contour with cocoa dusk and pop berry dawn on the apple of the cheeks.
Lastly, I tapped Shiseido Aura dew cosmic on the inner corner of the eye, the cheekbones,
bridge of the nose, and cupids bow for highlight and further dimension.”
“I worked on creating elongated depth by using the Kajal liner in teahouse. I traced out the
contour/shape and very lightly blended it out. With concealer, I sharpened and cleaned up the
contour so that the shape and depth really pops.
Then I created a wing on the outer corner of the eye blending inward with Shiseido Microliner
ink in black. Next, taking the same liner I fill in the bottom waterline, upper and bottom lashline.
I did a couple of layers to get a very intense black.
Finished the eye with Shiseido’s imperial lash mascaraing waterproof
top and bottom. Doing three coats to get a very lashy look.”
“I muted her lip line with the lightest touch of 302 concealer. Then going in with Shiseido lipliner
inkduo prime and line in espresso to sculpt the shape. Take a brush and blend the lip line
inward. Leaving a slight fade as the color goes into the center.”