How Pink's Makeup Artist, Kathy Jeung, Used Makeup to Achieve An Androgynous-Femme Look

Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Pink accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Aug. 27, 2017 in Inglewood, Calif.

Pink, the multi-hyphenate and MTV VMA Video Vanguard Award recipient, arrived at the award show red carpet with her daughter, Willow, and husband Carey Hart, clad in three-piece suits. Later on that night, the singer addressed her and her daughter's androgoyny, saying “we don't change, we help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty.” That beauty comes out in many ways, but lucky for us, we had a chance to catch up with Pink’s makeup artist, the equally legendary Kathy Jeung (who has worked with big names such as Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Rita Ora, and even Dita Von Teese and George Michael) to discuss how she uses makeup to stay true to Pink's decades-long, gender-defining look. 

“We’ve known each other for quite a long time,” Jeung, Pink's makeup artist since the mid-2000's told Billboard. “So it’s really nice to see how her career has skyrocketed. I met her she was 19 or 20 years old, and that speech...it actually brought me to tears." 

Jeung "had a few ideas" in her arsenal, but ultimately wanted to ensure whatever Pink was wearing made her feel comfortable and good. “I presented two ideas for the red carpet, two takes on this menswear thing," she said. "One was Helmut Newton-inspired, doing a red lip and keeping the eyes not the focus, but the lip the focus. The other was a Peter Lindbergh androgynous look. Her feeling was that she wanted to go with a smoky eye....But for the performance, I really wanted to make a bold color element, so I asked her if she would do a red lip, and she loved it.”

Pink Performs Electric Medley, Gives Moving Video Vanguard Speech at VMAs

The "Peter Lindbergh" Smokey Eye Look:

To prep the singer’s skin for the carpet, Jeung used Urban Decay’s Optical Illusion Complexion Primer all over, the Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid in Fireball under the eyes for brightening and the Naked Skin Concealer on problem areas. She mixed Giorgio Armani Luminous Skin Foundation and Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer, applying it with the UD Pro Large Tapered Foundation Brush. For the cheeks, she used the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette to highlight, bronze, and give just a hint of blush.

For the eyes, Jeung she used the brand’s classic Naked3 palette, with “Shade3” over the eyelid, “Mooner” in the crease, and “Factory” brushed upward from the center of the lid, lining top and bottom lashlines with the 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Underground. She then applied their new Troublemaker mascara to upper and lower lashes. “Truly androgynous would be no-makeup makeup, or no makeup at all,” Jeung explains. “But I wanted that play on the femme androgynous thing, so a smoky eye pulls that off, and then having the nude mouth….it’s not too glossy, but has a little shine, it can just knock down the lips. So it looks beige, but not too flat.”

The "Helmut Lang" Red Lip Look:

When it came time for the performance, Jeung added the red lip by lining Pink's lips in Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in 714, following it with VICE lipstick in the same shade. “I wanted something really strong and bold, with good saturation of color, and that would pop and stay on as well,” she says. “Also, I wanted to get that sparkly bit, so I put on this product called Special Effects, which is kind of a gold gloss that does a waterproofing seal over lipstick. And also because it’s a little bit lighter, it makes the lips a little bit fuller.” That, in addition to UD's Setting Spray in De-Slick, were Jeung's two product heros of the night. "When it came time to do a quick touch up, I didn’t have to do anything.” Jeung said. “I started patting her and was like, ‘Oh, there’s nothing really to pat.’....So those two [products] really helped me through.”

MTV Video Music Awards 2017