Minutes before she walked the red carpet, Katy Perry revealed she is releasing a second CoverGirl makeup collection, this time inspired by mermaids! Then, she showed up with gorgeous, textured blond hair and a makeup look featuring rose gold eyes and a brick red lip.
POPSUGAR got the exclusive first breakdown of what products Katy is wearing as well as behind-the-scenes images of celerity makeup artist Anthony H. Nguyen getting her glam.
"We built the look off her dress," Nguyen said. "Katy knows what she wants but is always open to ideas. We decided to go for a rose eye to match the dress using the Katy Kat Pearl in Tiger Rose as it was perfect to act as a base for the look and work around that tone."
To create Katy's glowing skin — seriously, it was like her Tom Ford dress was reflecting off her face — Nguyen broke down the highlighter steps. "For Katy's gorgeous glow, I began by tapping CoverGirl Katy Kat Pearl in Tiger Rose on the cheeks with my fingertips," he said. "This method works well to warm up the product for easy application. I then blended on the eyelids to make the look more harmonious and bring the look together. The formula of this product is super creamy and blends flawlessly with the skin."
But he made sure her bold red pout stole the show. "On the lips we mixed the CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte in Crimson Cat and Reddy to Pounce — this combination created a warm lip look that worked seamlessly together," Nguyen explained. "The matte shade provided the warmth in color, and the pearl shade added a slight pearlescent sheen."
Did we mention all of these products cost $7? So if you need to mix two lipsticks to get the ideal shade, it won't cost more than two sushi rolls.
We also had to know what it's like to get ready with someone as high energy as Katy. "The mood for getting ready is usually kept quiet and serene to get prepared for the big night," Nguyen revealed. "Trying to relax and keep the mood calm is always important when working up for your red carpet look." Interesting!
Keep reading to see swatches of the Limited Edition Katy Kat Pearl collection as well as exactly how Nguyen got her ready for the Grammys red carpet!