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Get Michelle Obama's FLOTUS look

The 5 unbreakable rules from her makeup artist

By Shantila Lee | Published: 20 Jan 2016

Get the FLOTUS look
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We were gawking over Michelle Obama at the State of the Union Address last week – not just over that fabulous yellow Narciso Rodriguez dress, but her skin's lit-from-within glow. Flawless, radiant and with just the right hits of makeup, she definitely trumps other First Ladies in the makeup department (though in this day and age, we wouldn't expect anything less).

We'd imagine a troop of makeup and hair pros fawning over her at the White House, pre-event, but her makeup artist Carl Ray told ELLE.com that she pretty much wakes up with the glow. Here, his five unbreakable rules for nailing the FLOTUS look. Ladies, take a big, whopping cue.

1. It's not all makeup
Ray says any wannabe MObamas have to look beyond just makeup and skincare to get that infused glow. His rules are to "eat right, exercise, get plenty of sleep, [and] drink plenty of water". While it may sound clichéd, you'll be amazed at how much difference staying hydrated and eating fresh, healthy food can make.

2. Skin comes first
Having good skin and a healthy complexion always comes first – makeup can only do so much, so having a proper skincare regime is a must. Ray says the two best things you can do for your skin is to "exfoliate it [and] wear an SPF."

3. Strobe it
If you haven't heard of the new trend that only uses highlighters to enhance the face, you've been living under a rock. Ray says he works with primers and uses strobing as a softer alternative to contouring. He didn't mention exact products, but cited "creams and powders and even some lotion formulas."

4. The eyes have it
Ray says her eyes are the main focus points, using a combo of pencil and liquid eyeliner. "I like black eyeliner and I like pencil," he said. "I like it with a combination of both. A pencil liner with a liquid felt-tipped pen on top really makes a really nice line."

5. Lash out
The final tip Ray gave was lashes, lashes, lashes. He lacquers on a few coats of mascara to complete the eye makeup, and "some lashes as well". Falsies can go a really long way to open up the eye.

Get the FLOTUS look
Left to right: STROBING Too Faced Natural Face Palette; EYES Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliner, NARS Eyeliner Stylo; SKIN Chanel UV Essentiel Broad Spectrum SPF50, Diorsnow Exfoliating Snow Gel; LASHES Eyeko Eye Do Mascara, Shu Uemura False Eyelashes in Natural Volume

Related: How Cate Blanchett prepped her skin for the Golden Globes
Related: Michelle Obama launches Bettere Make Room initiative


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