Nominee for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as “Sophia Burset” in Orange Is The New Black, Laverne Cox, glowed on the red carpet. Celebrity makeup artist Deja Smith, for IT Cosmetics, was inspired by Cox’s desire to “bring edge to this Emmy Awards red carpet.” Upon seeing Cox’s metallic Naeem Khan gown, Smith visualized a modern redo of old-school Hollywood glamour. “My inspiration for the look came from the classic film The Women. Although it’s not quite ‘Jungle Red,’ I think you can get the feeling of the silver screen’s glamour and class.”
Smith began by prepping Cox’s skin with It Cosmetics’s new Secret Sauce and Anti-Aging Armour, followed by a generous application of the Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment. As her skin absorbed the hydrating products, Smith created the “edgy eye look” that would serves as Cox’s focal point. Starting with the Superhero Eye Foundation, she rimmed the waterline with No-Tug Waterproof Anti-Aging Gel Eyeliner in Black. Blending Superhero and Superstar shadows into a metallic shade, she swept the mixture across the entire lid and into the crease. Defining the inner and outer crease of the eyelids with more liner, Smith feathered it with a brush while still wet to create a smoky effect. To finish the bold eye Smith defined the upper lash line with Superhero Liner and coated top and bottom lashes with Superhero Mascara. To frame Cox’s face, Smith swept Confidence in Your Glow across the top of the cheekbones, down the center of the nose and on the chin and balanced the look with a warm nude pout using Your Lips But Better All-Day Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Spicy Nude, and Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick in Perfect Nude.
Cox also sported a manicure with her limited-edition collection of Orly nail lacquers, Celebrate Yourself by Laverne Cox. “It’s about loving and adoring yourself. Whenever I get my nails done it’s about me time. I’m incredibly blessed and I think everyone can do a little bit,” she told Refinery29. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma