MTV Movie Awards


Celebrity makeup artist Joanna Simkin worked with Issa Rae for the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday, May 7th in Los Angeles.


“I was inspired by a 70’s look I saw of Donna Summer a few weeks ago – blue eyeshadow and a spiked lash. I wanted to recreate it and make it modern. Felicia Leatherwood her hairstylist and I collaborated so that the hair also lent itself to the overall disco vibe.

Issa likes to look natural, so I usually try to keep the tones I use pretty muted. I had mentioned a week or two before to her that I wanted to do a blue disco glitter eye look for the MTV Awards and I definitely saw her eyebrow pop up. I don’t think she even took me seriously until she saw me opening the shadows day of. I definitely appreciate her trusting me because I think the whole idea in theory was out of her comfort zone but when she saw the final look her whole face lit up. “


“Key products for the look are the eyeshadows: I used a Makeup Forever shade for the sparkle on the middle of her lid 232 turquoise and Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow on the outer and inner corners for depth, Star Cobalt and Noir. A touch of Anastasia Highlighter, Summer from the SunDipped Palette, on the inner corner and the Pro Pencil in #1 to line the inner waterline helped open the eye and kept it bright and 70’s, rather than overly smoky.

For skin, the Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation has a beautiful satin finish with great staying power – she got caught in a hail storm on the red carpet and her face didn’t budge! Becca Topaz and Mac Gold Deposit both added glow to her skin.

The lip was a Marc Beauty Gloss, Work It, that I topped in the center with YSL Gloss, Nude Karat, for added depth and shimmer.”