Over the course of the presidential campaign, makeup artist Nicole Bryl cultivated a look for Melania Trump characterized by glossy lips, dark-rimmed eyes and bronzed skin, and she didn’t stray from it on Inauguration Day.
“I designed makeup tailored around her iconic Ralph Lauren sky-blue dress to look flawlessly fresh with emphasis on perfect skin adding warmth and dewiness, and topping it off with a delicate smoky eye for understated grandeur,” explained Bryl of her approach to beauty for the swearing-in ceremony.
On the incoming first lady’s face, Bryl used two products from her namesake vitamin C-fueled skin-care brand: Face Lifting Water and Face Perfecting Serum. For the mouth, she framed Trump’s lips with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in the soft purplish shade Cruz and coated them with Urban Decay’s Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in the medium pink tone Lovechild.
For the inaugural balls, Bryl gave the makeup a more dramatic quality by deepening Trump’s smoky eye. To do so, she mixed Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Defining Eye Shadow Wet/Dry in the pearlescent tone Brash Bronze Luminous with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the reddish-brown shimmer shade Corrupt. She applied the eye pencil over the lash line and inside the eye line. On Trump’s lips, Bryl chose an Urban Decay cream lipstick combined with Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in the shade Rose.
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American cosmetics companies were integral in shaping Trump’s Inauguration Day beauty look as well as her wardrobe. Like Ralph Lauren, Estée Lauder is a prominent New York brand. Urban Decay is headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., although French conglomerate L’Oréal acquired it in 2012. Bryl and her skin-care brand have New York roots.
Bryl follows in the footsteps of Carl Ray, who was responsible for Michelle Obama’s makeup, helming the makeup chair in which the first lady sits. She occupies the role after almost 11 years working with Trump beginning with a People magazine shoot capturing the new first lady with her husband and son Barron, then a baby.
“The magnitude of this historic day will last a lifetime for me and to see my beautiful friend, now the first lady, step into the shoes she was born for, gave me a huge sense of pride,” said Bryl, adding, “I now serve at the pleasure of the president and first lady and look forward to executing my duties as first makeup artist with humility and grace. To stand in these shoes is an honor and to the best of my abilities I will give it the absolute respect and dedication it deserves.”