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I love when artists show us their raw talent and they are not hidden behind autotune or fancy costuming. I love it when there is some element of  the artist’s personality, that they are being themselves and that they are not a total creation of a label.

This is why I love Janelle Monae, from her signature pompadour, her black and white tuxedos and her earthy jazz/pop/funk vocals, yeah…you could say I have a girl crush!

Janelle Monae, image courtesy CocoaFab

I wanted to recreate her signature look, with a little twist!  Allyuh know that I am no hair expert, but I am stepping out of my malaise!

In honour of doing a look based on a musical artist, I am also going to use a few products created by Ardency Inn, a new brand, heavily influenced by music.  Check out my writeup on their launch here.

Here’s what I created!


My Janelle Monae inspired LOTD

Wearing Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Quince

Makeup details


  • Applied Ardency Inn Americana Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Primer all over  moisturized skin
  • Mixed Ardency Inn Americana Custom Coverage Concentrate in Deep Beige with moisturizer in a 2:1 ratio.  I used this as a tinted moisturizer and applied it with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (or you can use Sigma Brush F80, Flat Top Kabuki Brush)


  • Smashbox Photo Finish  Lid Primer – all over lid
  • Tarte Cosmetics SmolderEYES pencil in Taupe –  all over lid with ring finger
  • M.A.C. Cosmetics Matte2 eye shadow in Handwritten (medium brown matte shade) – in the outer and middle crease with the M.A.C. #217 brush or Sigma Brush E25 Blending brush
  • Dark chocolate brown matte eye shadow to deepen the crease with #217 or E25
  • Inglot Matte eye shadow # (a light matte peach shade) – to highlight the browbone and blend into the crease
  • NARS Eye Paint in  Black Valley (matte black gel liner) – on the upper lashline, winged out using the Make Up For Ever brush #1N, or Sigma Brush E05
  • Senna Brow Shaper Duo in Ebony Duo –  fill in eyebrows with Senna Brow #1 brush or Sigma Brush E75
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (super black eyeliner) – along the lower lashline
  • Mattese lashes in 1191 – criss cross half lashes


  • Senna Cosmetics Sheer Face Color Powder Blush in Moonberry (medium rose colour with satin finish) – with M.A.C. #129 brush (or Sigma Brush F10)
  • M.A.C. Cosmetics Sweet As Cocoa blush – bronzy skintone blush used as a highlight


  • Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Quince – bright fuschia
  • Make Up For Ever lipstick in Moulin Rouge #43

Tried out Janelle’s signature red look, here I used MUFE Lipstick in Moulin Rouge #43

Side view of the hair!

Hair details

Using a twistout, divide hair in half from ear to ear.  On lower/back half of hair, twist hair into a roll or chignon and pin at the crown of the head.  For the top half of hair, twist and roll the hair forward towards the hairline (not towards the back) and tuck the hair under the roll using hair pins to create the pompadour.  Adjust shape as needed.

That’s it!! I love this look! What do you think?

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