It was Olivia Rodrigo’s night at the Grammys 2022. The 19-year-old pop superstar performed at the awards show and was nominated for seven awards – including Best New Artist, Song of the Year for smash hit “driver’s license,” and Album of the Year for her debut LP Sour. Infusing her signature punk style into a thrilling, history-making look, Rodrigo wore a custom, corseted black Vivienne Westwood with a set of matching opera gloves and layered bejewelled chokers. Ever the beauty risk-taker, she complemented the look with a modern take on vampy ’90s make-up; one that’s primed to be moodboard fodder for nostalgia-obsessed TikTok and beyond.
“Olivia has such cool, individual style, I wanted to keep that freshness and youthfulness, but have an edge to it,” says her make-up artist Lilly Keys. “We’re calling it ’90s supermodel, modern punk glam vibe,” she continues of the look, which hinges on dusty rose stained lips, dramatic sharp liner and a glowing complexion.
After prepping Rodrigo’s skin with Glossier’s perfecting Skin Tint and Stretch concealer, Keys added a “sun-kissed” flush on the cheeks, blending Cloud Paint blush in soft peach Beam and warm rose Storm on the apples and along the bridge of the nose. Glides of Haloscope in Quartz along the highs of the cheekbones, the tip of the nose, and just above the Cupid’s bow completed the lit-from-within skin equation.
For the “iridescent lavender” smoky eyes, which Keys designed to enhance the hazel flecks in Rodrigo’s brown eyes, the pro blended two matte shades from the cool lilac Monochromes palette in Mist into the lids, then used the Pro Tip liner to administer razor sharp onyx wings. In contrast, coats of Lash Slick on the upper and bottom lashes created a soft, doe-eyed feel bolstered by full, subtly darkened arches brushed up with Boy Brow.
The final touch was a “bitten, almost vampy” lip, achieved with an intentionally haphazard swipe of Ultralip lip tint in deep dusty rose Villa. “I smudged the lipstick into the lips, smooshing just above the upper lip line with my fingers to give that just-kissed look,” she says of the soft-focus finish.
As much of Rodrigo’s success is attributed to her ability to connect with her fans on a deeply personal level, Keys aimed to have her make-up feel real-world wearable. “I want her fans to feel inspired and be able to say, ‘That’s such a cool look! I want to try that,’” she explains. “When you have that edge to the make-up, and you keep the skin really fresh and glowing, it’s a good marriage for her [Gen-Z] fanbase.”
Also covet-worthy was Rodrigo’s cascade of perfectly rumpled brunette waves crafted by her hairstylist Clayton Hawkins, who used Tangle Teezer’s The Ultimate Styler to brush out curls styled using retro velcro rollers. As Hawkins puts it, “It’s a classic bombshell vibe, but still with Olivia’s edge.”