All the details behind Lady Gaga’s inauguration makeup look

Today, at the inauguration ceremony for President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., Lady Gaga took the stage and dazzled the nation with her moving performance of the national anthem. For the momentous occasion, the pop superstar wore a custom Schiaparelli Couture ball gown, accented by a large gold dove pin (an emblem of peace). She topped it off with an ornamental beauty look that will go down in history.

Putting her own twist on an elegant updo, Gaga’s long, platinum lengths were braided into a duo of milkmaid braids and woven with sumptuous black ribbon. Adding a touch of softness, a few face-framing wisps were pulled out in the front, while a pair of red poppies, another nod to a peaceful future, were pinned in the back. Though a statement on its own, the intricate style served as a showcase for Gaga’s deep crimson lip, another powerful choice given that a swipe of bold red lipstick has long stood as a timeless symbol of empowerment for women.

“While her makeup was classic and romantic, with the perfect shade of red lipstick, which felt appropriate for such a vibrant day, the rest of her makeup was soft and luminous,” Sarah Tanno, Gaga’s longtime makeup artist, tells Vogue.

To create the look, Tanno traced Gaga’s lips with Haus Laboratories Le Monster Matte lip crayon in warm red 1950, a shade that embodies a certain Old Hollywood glamour. Then, Gaga’s sculpted glow serving as a perfect canvas, her eyes were shaded with a wash of tawny pigment from The Fame palette and lashes enhanced with swipes of Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Velvet Noir mascara, while cheeks were contoured with her Heat Spell bronzer in Desert and Head Rush blush in Flirt.

True to form, Gaga not only turned out a maximal fashion moment, but found the perfect beauty formula to hammer the look home.