Over the weekend, thousands of people flocked to Randall's Island in NYC to attend the annual Governors Ball music festival. This year, the line-up included the likes of The 1975, Kacey Musgraves, Tyler the Creator, and The Strokes (sure, it was rained out on Sunday night, but at least festival attendees were able to enjoy two of the three scheduled days).
Our favorite songstress-of-the-moment Jorja Smith also performed. The R&B singer-songwriter took to the stage on Friday night, which is impressive, considering she had just finished her first-ever headline tour mere hours before. In fact, she had come straight from her tour bus to get her makeup done by makeup artist Carol Lopez Reid. Keep scrolling to see our exclusive photo diary, in which we follow along with Smith and her glam team ahead of her performance. Plus, see all of the Dior Makeup products Reid used to make Smith look music festival-ready.
The first thing to do after staying the last night on the tour bus is to apply a set of eye masks and let the preceding skincare products sink in. "Jorja's great and knows exactly how she wants to look," Reid tells us. "She loves natural, light makeup and likes looking clean, fresh and still sexy. Leah (Jorja's stylist) will plan outfits, and then I’ll give Jorja maybe 2-3 ideas for looks she may want to wear to match with either a lip or eye focus. We send each other makeup ideas for reference, and we love trying new products and colors."
Here's the Dior Makeup set-up. Reid used some of the brand's best-selling products to create Smith's radiant makeup look. She started by applying the brand's Backstage Face & Body Foundation ($40), before layering the DiorSkin Forever Undercover Concealer ($34) over top. Next can the DiorSkin Mineral Nude Bronze ($48) and Backstage Glow Face Palette in #002 Glitz ($45). She finalized her glowing makeup look with a touch of the brand's Rouge Blush in #028 Actrice ($44).
New York, and music festivals in general, can be hot and humid. Reid has a couple of sweat and humidity-proof makeup tips she swears by. "I love to prep the skin, I find creating a good liquid base and using an oil absorbing primer really helps to keep the skin from moving. I’m recently obsessed with Dior’s Face & Body Primer ($36)." [Ed note: I was able to test this new primer at a Dior launch event earlier this month, and it's good—really good. It's super lightweight and silky, so it feels like air atop your skin].
After prepping the skin with a primer, Reid swears by oil-absorbing powders, sheets, and setting spray to keep makeup intact. "Powder and oil absorbing sheets also are great for touch-ups," she says. "I try to use powder sparingly, as I don’t want it to get cakey, and I use a wet Beautyblender to press it all in together. The sheets are great to absorb any excess oil by pressing them into the skin, so you're not building loads of layers of powder. I really like a makeup setting spray to hold everything in place." We love Tatcha's Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers ($12), which blot away excess oil without removing any of your face makeup.
If you have oily skin, and you really want to make sure your makeup won't slip and slide in heat and humidity, opt for makeup products that have a matte finish, as opposed to a satin or radiant finish. "Matte products tend to adhere to the skin for longer," Reid tells us.
After Reid had finished creating Smith's radiant makeup look, using Dior Makeup products, it came time to link up with Smith's longtime stylist, Leah Abbott, to see her stage outfit. She chose this cool metallic orange two-piece set, which complemented Smith's coral eyeshadow and golden highlighter.
Before changing into the aforementioned stage outfit, and heading out to the festival grounds, Reid touched up Smith's makeup one last time by applying a bit more of Dior's Forever Undercover Concealer ($34) to Smith's skin.
After the whole look was complete, it was time for a quick shoot with VEVO.
Then it was finally showtime...Here, Smith heads off to the stage.
Here it is; the final look, which involved a strong arched brow, fluttery lashes, a rosy lip color, and lots and lots of shimmery radiance. We can't stop staring at her highlighter. It's incredible, especially when seen in the light from the setting sun.
Here's a picture of her makeup head-on. Peep the warm orange-pink eyeshadow, which came courtesy of the Dior Backstage #003 Amber Neutrals Eye Palette ($49) and the DiorShow 3 Couleurs Tri(o)blique #653 Coral Canvas Palette ($63). These two palettes are must-haves if you love wearing those warm pink, red, and orange shades.
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