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How-To: Jennifer Hudson's Superb Super Bowl Makeup

How-To: Jennifer Hudson's Superb Super Bowl Makeup

I'm not so into football, but I still sat down with some pals to tune into the Super Bowl last night. I'll admit to you — don't tell Mr. Bella! — that I was more excited to see Jennifer Hudson sing the national anthem than anything else. Granted, she has a phenomenal voice, but I could barely get past how wonderful she looked on stage before the big game. With pulled-back hair and oversize hoop earrings, I thought this overall look was dramatically divine.

Since her makeup was my favorite part, I could barely wait for the game to end to test it out. Check out my suggestions when you


  1. Start by applying a creamy foundation (like MAC Select Moistureblend) with a sponge or synthetic brush.
  2. Outline the top and bottom lash lines by picking a liquid liner that allows a very thin line, such as Vincent Longo Vibrant Eye in Nerino.
  3. Choose shadows in complementary hues, both light and darker. Since I used three shades for my look, the NP Set Eye Palette in Atlanta Plum works wonderfully.
  4. Start with the lightest shade and sweep from the base of the eyelid to the browbone. After that, take a darker color and blend in the crease of each eye.
  5. Next, use the darkest color to make a horizontal "V" shape on the outer and inner thirds of your eyelid. (Make sure to blend the colors well.)
  6. Smudge shadow into the bottom lash line, if desired. Apply your favorite lengthening mascara, like L'Oreal Lash Out.
  7. Line lips with a pencil slightly darker than the lipstick you'll use. For example, the Too Faced Luster Liner in Caspian would work well before before filling in with the glossy LipFusion in Beauty, which offers a touch of color along with re-plumping formula.
  8. Finally, a light touch of blush (Black Radiance in Soft Honey) can bring definition to cheekbones.
  9. You can't tell here, but I noticed Jennifer also wore black nail polish as she held onto the microphone last night — I'm digging OPI's nail lacquer in Black Onyx to finish out this look.


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MsMeeky MsMeeky 6 years
I think she could have had a small splash of color on her Lips along with the lightly smoked eye. She still looked beautitul and sang so beautifully too.
rhythm261 rhythm261 7 years
I like the makeup. trying to get the right amount of shadow is key.
Rouge-Noir Rouge-Noir 7 years
She looks truly beautiful. I loved her little jacket too!
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 7 years
She did look great for the performance - her skin looked flawless and the eyeshadow is pretty.
mythai mythai 7 years
Can someone explain a in a little more detail the horizontal V technique? I'm having a hard time visualizing it.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
She looked nice.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
She looked nice.
number6_ed number6_ed 7 years
I have pretty smallish eyes, and I def cannot line both the top and bottom or it makes my eyes look even smaller.
miss-leanne miss-leanne 7 years
She looked beautiful!
miss-leanne miss-leanne 7 years
She looked beautiful!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
She is gorgeous and I love her voice! I thought her rendition of the SSB was one of the best I have heard!
Athena123987 Athena123987 7 years
Her eyes are so pretty! They're such an unusual and beautiful shape.
emalove emalove 7 years
I too thought she looked great.
solitaire solitaire 7 years
She looked lovely, but didn't like her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 7 years
I love this look!
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 7 years
I love this look!
sldc sldc 7 years
Very lovely!
sldc sldc 7 years
Very lovely!
cupcake_ cupcake_ 7 years
I think she looks beautiful.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 7 years
I think she looks beautiful.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 7 years
her skin looks flawless.. i like j.hud do not need a plumping lip gloss lol
belladande belladande 7 years
I don't like the eye makeup. It emphasizes their small size and odd angle. The rest is very natural and pretty.
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