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Exclusive: Makeup Artist Joanna Simkin Breaks Down Issa Rae’s “Saturday Night Live” Look

Configuring a makeup look for a celebrity who’s hosting Saturday Night Live is no easy feat as there are multiple super-quick changes between skits and so much going on at the same time. Issa Rae, for instance, co-hosted the show’s October 17 episode and had various different looks throughout the night. For this reason, her makeup artist Joanna Simkin kept things simple with glowing skin and neutral colors on her eyes and lips.

“Issa’s look for SNL focused on her skin,” Simkin tells Allure in an exclusive interview. “With so many quick changes, we had to make her look simultaneously beautiful and relatable, as she was playing such a variety of characters, sometimes with under two minutes for a full hair, makeup, and wardrobe change, so we went with fresh skin, a very wearable eye, and a neutral gloss.”

To prep the Insecure star’s stunning skin, Simkin used AllEven’s Ultra Cleanser followed by the brand’s Stellar Mask to “kick-start her glow.” Then, before starting on her face, Simkin applied some of AllEven’s Colour Shield in the shade Onyx to Rae’s body, focusing on the areas of skin that showed during her monologue.

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To even out her complexion, Simkin applied a light layer of Shiseido’s Synchro Skin Foundation (a foormer Best of Beauty winner) in the shade 530 Henna. She then concealed wherever needed using Beautyblender’s Bounce Airbrush Liquid Whip Concealer in shade 4.35 before applying The Prime Beauty’s Bronzville Bronzer and Cargo’s Laguna Blush. As for her highlight, Simkin used MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish in Gold Deposit for a gorgeous, ultra-glowing effect.

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