She hardly ever steps out in public when she’s not glammed up, but Oprah Winfrey isn’t afraid to go without makeup on social media. In fact, the talk show queen showed off her natural beauty on Instagram back in 2014, as she was calling in her glam squad for that year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
A bit later, Oprah posted another Instagram video, showing her glam squad hard at work. This time, she paired a purple Badgley Mischka dress with a big, curly hairdo and smoky eye makeup for the Hollywood event. Mission successful, we’d say! Speaking of Oprah’s squad, her makeup artist Derrick Rutledge recently gave fans some contouring tips as he demonstrated the makeup effect on the Wrinkle in Time star herself.
Derrick recommended relying on three products — a base foundation, a contour shade (only a shade or two darker than the base), and a highlighter — to achieve your best look. Highlight what you want to accentuate, he revealed, and use the contour shade to define the hollows of your cheeks, your jawline, and your temples. Finally, blend everything with a damp sponge and dust your face with loose powder.
This makeup guru also gave the same tips to another famous client of his: Michelle Obama. “Oprah was well aware that the First Lady came first, but I did work with them both for a while,” Derrick told The Globe and Mail in 2014. “They both have the busiest schedules I’ve ever seen. Eventually, I started teaching the First Lady how to do her makeup in case I couldn’t be there. I showed her how to contour, fill in her eyebrows and select lip colors that would flatter her. The transition between the two was amicable.”
Not surprisingly, he also had wonderful things to say about Oprah. “[She’s] a very good teacher and a very giving person, and what I’ve really noticed over the years is her generosity,” he said. “I believe that her success is due to her generosity.” Derrick’s contouring lesson wasn’t the only time a makeup artist schooled the 64-year-old. During a “Crimes Against Cosmetics” segment on her long-running talk show, artist Reggie Wells teased Oprah about her makeup-blending abilities and her puffy eyelids. Hey, everyone’s got something to learn… even Hollywood celebs!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Closer Weekly.