Beauty Breakdown: Maren Morris at the ACM Awards

This past weekend was one of Country's most notable awards ceremonies, the American Country Music Awards, and I got to work with the insanely beautiful, incredibly talented Maren Morris.

If you don't know who she is (unlikely), she's a country singer based out of Nashville whose music isn't only for country lovers! I'm not usually one to listen to country, but Maren has me hooked. Especially her song, Rich. But I may be a teensy bit biased because I got to work with her on her Rich music video.

At the ACM's, all of Maren’s looks for the evening were all amazing metallic pieces that sort of had a seventies vibe! In true country form, my motto was “Go Big or Go Home!”  I wanted to take references from the late seventies and early eighties and give her makeup a Studio 54 vibe, so we went with a lot of metallics on the eyes, with glowing skin and a nude lip!

I partnered with Kat Von D Beauty to create this makeup look for Maren!

Hairstylist: Marwa Bashir

Wardrobe stylist: Joseph Cassell Falconer

Maren's full glam at the ACM Awards. Photo: @allanface.

Maren performing at the ACM's. Photo: GettyImages.

Here's the breakdown on Maren's look:



I prepped Maren’s skin with Babor skincare products. I started with the 3D Hydro Gel Eye Pads under the eyes to de-puff and tighten. Then I massaged Hyaluron Cream all over the face and tapped anti-aging eye cream under the eyes.

For her foundation I used Kat Von D’s Lock It Foundation (54 Medium Cool Undertone) by dotting it on the face with my fingers and stippling it with a Beauty Blender.

Then I brightened up areas of her face and highlight points with the Lock it Concealer Crème (13 Light Cool Undertone) by dotting it on the face with the wand and blending it out with the Beauty Blender.

I applied a generous amount of the Lock It Setting Powder under the eyes and light dusted some all over the face to set the concealer and foundation. I used a good amount under the eyes so it would catch the fallout from the eyeshadows we applied!


I used the Lock It Concealer as an eye primer to help the colors we used adhere and appear more vibrant, while given her an even surface on her eyelids. 

Then I applied Kat Von D’s Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Thrasher (Gold) all over the lids.  In the outer corner of the eyes I applied Synergy (Dark Bronze) and pulled it out into a cat shape and brought it back into the crease.  I also applied it to the bottom lash line. In the crease I blended in the shade Raw Power (Burgundy) and Danzig (Deep Purple) to add some depth and used these shades on the bottom lash line as well.  In the inner corners, I used a fine white gold glitter to give highlight and extra dimension.  Then I used a deep purple eyeliner and rimmed her bottom lash line with it. 

I used Tattoo Liner in Trooper Black to line her upper lash line and pulled it out into a wing. I quickly blended it out before it set to smudge and soften it, especially at the ends. Then I smudged it some more with a touch of black eyeshadow, and then topped it with Danzig eyeshadow to give it a purple sheen.

I gave her lashes two coats of a volumizing mascara and then I applied custom Artémes Strip Lashes on her upper lash line to give her some serious drama for the carpet and her performance!

To frame her eyes, I used Brow Struck Dimension Powder in Dark Brown with an angled brush, and then defined all the edges with Signature Brow Precision Pencil also in Dark Brown.


To give her face some extra dimension, I used the Kat Von D Shade Contour Powder in Sombre from the Shade + Light Palette, and lightly dusted it around the perimeters of her face, starting from under her temples and bringing it under her  cheekbones.  

After applying a peachy blush on the apples of her cheeks I topped it with Gammaray from the Metal Crush Highlighting Palette to really give her a glow. I also applied this to the bridge of her nose, under her brow bone, and on her Cupid’s bow. 



I applied Lanolips Lip Balm to prep her lips. This product is great for super chapped lips! 

Then I lined her lips with KVD Everlasting Lip Liner in Lolita II and then topped it with Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Noble.

In the center of the lips, I dabbed Everlasting Glimmer Veil in Thunderstruck for an some ethereal dimension and shine!

Photo: GettyImages.

Photo: GettyImages.

Maren is one of my favorite people to work with for multiple reasons, but it's definitely a plus that her face is such a fun canvas to play with. 

Maren and her husband Ryan Hurd. Photo: GettyImages.

Photo: GettyImages.

Photo: GettyImages.

Photo: GettyImages.

And lastly, how unfair is it that Maren and her husband are so good looking? Very.


FTC Disclaimer: This post is kindly sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty. As always, all opinions are solely my own.