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Lupita Nyong’o Shines on the Red Carpet in Glittering Facial Jewelry

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When celebrating sparkling accessories, sometimes it’s best to take your beauty—and ensemble—cues from your kitschy clutch. Such was the avenue for Lupita Nyong’o‘s above-neck look at this week’s Accessories Council ACE Awards in New York. The look featured a bevy of facial adornments that played off her shimmering Judith Leiber pineapple clutch—and offered a heavy, smile-inducing dose of playfulness.

An initial glance forced focus on the actress’s gaze, eyes edged in a trio of cabouchon-cut Swarovski rhinestones—forest green at the inner and outer corners, with a blue pressing in between—her upper lashline featuring pulls of onyx liner and orange eyeshadow. Makeup artist Nick Barose selected the specific facial jewels, color and shape, for what he calls a “cartoony” feel, all the better to riff off her whimsical Carolina Herrera dress and harmonized swinging earrings, each bedecked with cheerful, colorful birds. A taut collective of cornrows and piled coils, adorned in metallic crimps, and luminous skin completed the aesthetic, which made for a whole new take on spirited beauty. The takeaway? Lighthearted looks are a welcome reflection of the sunny days to come.

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