As her new book, The Light We Carry, makes clear, the only certainty in life is change — and Michelle Obama is embracing it. It seems she’s finding a whole lot of joy in her current chapter — including through her fashion and beauty choices.
The publicity tour for the book has doubled as a runway: Obama has stepped out in emerald-green eyeshadow (which matched her ’70s-inspired velvet suit), in box braids arranged in a sky-high top knot, and with ultra-shiny lip gloss paired with soft, smoky eyes.
“It has been one of the greatest honours of my life to be part of Michelle Obama’s journey,” her longtime makeup artist Carl Ray tells Allure. “Her book tour is just the latest example of the positive energy, elegance and joy she puts out into the world — I wanted to reflect those traits through the beauty looks we created.”
Often, that meant keeping the focus on her eyes, says Ray: “She was on-stage, and I wanted to captivate her passion and expression by creating winged eye looks with strong lines, clean brows, and lush lashes.”
His liner of choice throughout the tour was Beauty Pie Deluxe Precision Liquid Liner, which you can score right now for just £12.50 using the code BEAUTY50. “It’s so precise and glides on effortlessly,” says Ray.
Overall, “I wanted her makeup to complement but not overpower her fun fashion looks,” Ray adds. “I went for a soft glam.” Clearly, the beauty bar was set high throughout the tour — but Obama and Ray bested even themselves with the look for her final stop (a sit-down with Oprah, naturally).
Ray, seen here at work last night, first collaborated with the former First Lady in 2009.
Obama is seen here before the final stop on her book tour — a sit-down interview with Oprah.