You Need To See These Photos Of Lady Gaga Backstage At Coachella

Lady Gaga knows how to give the people what they want: amazing performances and head-to-toe decked-out looks that are just as much of a spectacle as her elaborate dance routines. Oh, and some pretty incredible beauty looks to go along with them.

For her second weekend at Coachella, Gaga stopped the show in a one-of-a-kind makeup look by her longtime makeup artist and right-hand woman Sarah Tanno. “I was going for festival beauty that felt elevated to a new level we haven’t seen before,” Tanno told us in an interview. “I wanted it to be beautiful and ethereal with a little rock n’ roll still in there.”

Tanno made it happen — and then some. The custom flower appliqués she used to complete the “Born This Way” singer’s look made the finished result particularly unique. “I had this idea of a futuristic hippie,” Tanno said of the motivation behind the extra step. “I wanted something iridescent and metallic so you can see it from the stage when the light catches it. I thought flowers around the hairline would be incredible, so I called my friend at Face Lace to start creating this vision." (Those specific stickers are sadly unavailable, but these stars get pretty damn close.)

With just 45 minutes from start to finish, and a full arsenal of Marc Jacobs Beauty products at her disposal, Tanno took Gaga from bare-faced to bedazzled — and it was extraordinary. This may not be something we'll be recreating every day at home, but the makeup artist let us in for a full look behind the scenes of Gaga's transformation. Vicarious living through Gaga's lens? Sign us up.

Photographed by Spencer Moya.
A sneak peek at the products Tanno used — and the rhinestone face tats that made an appearance later in the evening.
Photographed by Spencer Moya.
"On her skin, I prepped with Coconut Gel Primer and used Re(marc)able Foundation in Beige Medium sheerly all over, then concealed with Re(marc)able Concealer in Alive. I sculpted the face with #Instamarc Contour Powder in Dream. I applied Rebellious blush, and I feathered in her brows with Brow Wow in Medium Brown, then pushed them up with Brow Tamer," Tanno says.
Photographed by Spencer Moya.
"This week, we went with the metallic fuchsia Highliner gel liner in Lollipop applied heavily under the eye and swept up into a wing. I used Blacquer in the water line, and also to the outer corner of her top lid. I applied the peach shade from The Dreamer eyeshadow palette and coated the lashes generously with Velvet Noir Mascara to the top and bottom lashes," Tanno says.
Photographed by Spencer Moya.
"For lips, I used Prim(rose) lip liner and Shush, Blush liquid lip creme. Then, I finished the look off with neon iridescent flower stickers, a custom collaboration with Face Lace, to frame the face for a rock-star festival vibe," says Tanno.
Photographed by Spencer Moya.
One last shot of Gaga behind the scenes before hitting the stage for a night worth remembering.
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