When Lil Nas X walked the red carpet last night MTV VMAs , it’s hard to know where to look first. Harris Reed’s Montero rapper’s scalloped headdress and layered skirt look is a masterpiece. But above his bare chest, a sharp foray of metallic blue eyeliner furthered the heady drama and marked his turn as YSL Beauty’s new brand ambassador.
“Harris Reed’s makeup looks like a work of art, so we knew we wanted a pop of color to complement all the black, ‘ says makeup artist Grace Pae about her and Lil Nas X’s shared vision for graphic eye makeup. “The sequined trousers, along with his shirtless, reminded me of all the famous rockers, so we decided on a scruffy eyeliner look with a twist.”
Enter: Glitter, flashing nod to glam rock. After sketching a spiky graphic eye design with YSL Beauty’s black eyeliner, Pae spritzed setting spray onto the eyeliner brush, dipped it into Bold Blue’s Sequin Crush Mono eyeshadow, and layered it to create iridescence Effect. Subverting the classic punk eyeliner for an unexpected megawatt effect? It’s a fitting move for Lil Nas X as a beauty rebel in the rap world.