Teen Choice Awards 2014: Nina Dobrev's Messy Braid and Dramatic Eyes

How to recreate her exact beauty look from the big night.
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How to recreate her exact beauty look from the big night.
Nina Dobrev, Teen Choice Awards 2014

After a few ho-hum red carpet appearances as of late (the People's Choice Awards and the Art of Elysium Heaven Gala), Nina Dobrev made a triumphant beauty return at Sunday night's Teen Choice Awards. I've got some more details here on how to recreate her smoked-out eyes and textured braid.

"I loved Nina's colourful outfit so much that I didn't want to detract from that with a lot of colour on the face," her makeup artist, Beau Nelson, told Teen Vogue. "That's why I decided to do a sultry, softened feline eye in shades of black and brown. The shape of the shadows really defined her gorgeous almond eyes."

Here's her outfit, to put things into context:

Nina Dobrev, Teen Choice Awards 2014 (3)

As you can see, there's a LOT going on—so there's just no way it would look right with colour on the face, too. I love the messy braid with this outfit, to give it a more casual vibe.

Here's the zoom:

Nina Dobrev, Teen Choice Awards 2014 (2)

Such radiant skin, this girl! Here's what Beau used to create the makeup look...

The Skin

No word on the brand, but Beau started with a stick foundation, four shades darker than her skin tone, to contour the outside of the face: cheekbones, jawline and nose. A stick foundation I really love is Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation. It's surprisingly great!

Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation

Next, he applied makeup artist fave Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in the centre of Nina's face, in a colour two shades lighter. "That added extra dimension, but is a lot more subtle than using contouring creams or heavy concealers! I finished all of that with a final dusting of light powder only on the middle of the face to preserve her glow," says Beau.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Instead of blush, Beau used NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzer.

NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzer

The Eyes

Beau used NYX Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner & Smudger in three shades: Betty (black), Charlotte (brown) and Scarlette (dark brown). He applied them with a small eyeliner brush to carefully create the feline cat-eye shape.

NYX Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner & Smudger in Betty

Next, he applied NYX Cosmetics Super Skinny Eye Marker in Carbon Black close to the lash lines.

NYX Cosmetics Super Skinny Eye Marker in Carbon Black

After that, he dusted a neutral matte brown eyeshadow over the lids to "shade and deepen" the existing tones. To complete the eyes, Beau added a few individual false lashes and NYX Cosmetics Doll Eye Mascara, "graduating the shape outwards to further accentuate her eye shape."

NYX Cosmetics Doll Eye Mascara

The Lips

The final step in the makeup was a slick of NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Bit of Honey on the lips.

NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Bit of Honey

The Hair

Here's a look at what Nina's stylist, Riawna Capri, calls a "rope braid":

Nina Dobrev, Teen Choice Awards 2014 (4)

Riawna started by blow drying Nina’s hair, using KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry to cut down on drying time.

KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry

Once the hair was dry, she misted it with KMS California FreeShape 2-in-1 Styling and Finishing Spray before creating messy, beachy waves with a 1-inch curling iron.

KMS California FreeShape 2-in-1 Styling and Finishing Spray

Then she got Nina to flip her head over while she saturated the hair with KMS California Hair Play Playable Texture, to create maximum texture.

KMS California Hair Play Playable Texture

Then it was braid-making time. Riawna first separated the hair into three sections. She twisted each section in a clockwise direction, and then braided them counter-clockwise—this technique creates the most texture.

After securing the end of the braid with a clear elastic, she used her fingers to flatten it and pull out a few pieces. To hold, she finished with KMS California Hair Stay Medium Hold Spray.

KMS California Hair Stay Medium Hold Spray

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Have Your Say

What do you think of Nina's hair and makeup here?
Have you tried any of the products Beau and Riawna used on her?