Brit pop diva Rita Ora makes the kind of music that makes you want to gather fifteen of your best girlfriends and get dressed up in shiny little black dresses and put on red lipstick - that red lipstick! - and go to a club and dance the night away. We love her, we love her trademark blonde waves and siren red lips (1), and we especially love that she switched things up a bit beauty wise at the GQ Men of the Year Awards this week (2, 3). So much so that we asked her makeup artist, Emma Osborne to tell us how to get the look at home - though really, you don’t want to be sitting around at home wearing this look. A look like this deserves to be aired - maybe at a club with your fifteen best girlfriends? Skip the red lips on this one, just like Osborne recommends, and let your eyes do all the talking.  

“Dear Jossbox,

I’ve worked with Rita for the last 18 months and after establishing her signature red lip, we wanted to do something fun for the GQ event. I was inspired by the Etro dress (4) that she fell in love with. The inspiration for the eyes came from the linear pattern on the dress - here's my moodboard for the look! (5) I showed Rita my references and she loved them. She’s always open to new ideas and really loves to have fun and express herself. Sometimes I’ll send her a text when I see something I like and she replies with a “Yessss that’s hot!” Since the dress was already a statement, we knew we had to do a more wearable version for the event. I thought wearing her signature red lip with the eyeliner would be too much. Since the dress was bright yellow, I kept the lips nude with a hint of gloss for added glamour. She loves her skin to look golden and sunkissed, with a subtle sheen to add a touch of freshness.

To recreate the look on the eyes all you need is a steady hand and black smudgeproof eye cream and a synthetic angled brush. After prepping the eyes with a neutral eye shadow, start from the inner corner of the eye and draw your eyeliner to the outher corner. Turning the brush around, add more colour and take the excess off on the back of your hand. Get the brush really flat and smooth, and draw the line up and out keeping in line with the outer corner of your eyebrow. Draw the line back towards your nose starting halfway up and just above your socket line. It’s really simple! Add individual lashes for extra volume, and coat with at least two coats of mascara on the top and bottom for a look that’s sexy and wearable.

Emma Osborne.”

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P.S. To really get in the mood, play this song real loud while you’re getting ready. Have a great weekend!