Celebrity Inspired Makeup: Zendaya

She’s the new girl next door. Actress by profession, Zendaya is also known as an outspoken feminist, and makeup sensation among millennials. And for good reason. Zendaya is known to do her won makeup for red carpets and events. So for today’s article, I decided to explore the young actress’s makeup style.

In most of her makeup looks, Zendaya tends to follow 3 main rules: A perfect skin, defined eyes, and a nude or bold lip.

She almost always uses deep, natural tones likes browns, deep greens and reds. And of course, her face is always contoured and highlighted to perfection. Zendaya’s gorgeous bold eyebrows are always filled in and outlined, as are her lips, which she also tends to wear with a satin finish most of the time.
After spending a couple of hours looking at her photos, I came up with my Zendaya inspired makeup look, which incorporates most part of her signature look. Here are the highlights:



I am currently dealing with extremely dehydrated skin, which means I have a lot of texture and flakiness to weather when applying makeup. For the purpose of this look, I used two primers (the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser and the Instant Fatigue Blur Primer) to lay a thick and secure base for my foundation. After applying the Maybelliner Dewy+Smooth Fit Me! foundation in the shade 210, I used the Fit Me concealer in the shade 20 on my dark cirles, as well as to highlight the top of my cheekbones, along my nose and the center of my forehead. I contoured using my trusted NYX Highlight & Contour Pro palette and used the Artdeco eyeshadow 135 as a blush. The final step was to apply some Mary-Lou Manizer to highlight the tip of my nose, cheekbones and cupid’s bow.


I decided to go with a matte smokey eyeshadow for the eyes, using the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette to create a deep burgundy-red and brown smokey eye, and added a simple winged eyeliner for some extra intensity. I also used the Wispies false lashes by Ardell.
Depending on your eye shape, the eyeshadow application will vary, but if you have round eyes like myself, here are the steps I followed:
I started by dusting a mixture of Freshly Toasted and Substitute for Love from the Zoeva palette, and the Artdeco eyeshadow in 135, along my natural crease, to create a transition shade. For my medium shade I applied Freshly Toasted on my inner and outer corners. Finally, I applied the shade Beans Are White on the center of my eyelid, lightly blending it towards the inner and outer corners. I finally mixed the shades transition and medium eyeshadows to smoke out my lower lash line, but I always do this after I’ve applied my concealer.



I wanted to pair the eyeshadow with a matching red ombré lip, so I decided on a matte finish to keep an overall balance. I used the Kiko Smart Lip Pencil in 706 to line and fill my lips in. Using the Real Technique liner brush, I applied the Colourpop Matte Lippiestix in the shade Château starting at the outer corners of my eyes and bringing the colour on top of the lipliner, while sheering it out as I reached the center of my lips to create that ombré look. And voilà!

I really enjoyed creating this look because I think it’s a perfect colour combination for olive skinned, dark haired brown-eyed people. Of course, you can always adapt the colour palette you use to match your own skin tone and eye colour.

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And then I took the inspiration a step further and copied her hairstyle too!

That’s it for this article! I hope you enjoyed this celebrity inspired look. Let me know what you thought of it in the comment! 🙂

The Foundry girl.


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