Watch Miss Lawrence Get Ready For Pat McGrath's Mothership Ball

Cinderella managed to be belle of the ball at a moment's notice — and so did Miss Lawrence. The fashion flexible actor, who's in Fox's Star, pulled off his entire lewk for Pat McGrath's Mothership Ball, the New York Fashion Week kickoff event to celebrate McGrath's full cosmetics collection, in merely two days.

"Honey, when you grow up in it, it's nothing for a girl to go in the back of her closet and pull something out," he tells Refinery29. "I'm a part of the culture. I said, 'let me pull something out that's show stopping'." And that he did. Miss Lawrence's final ensemble was a high-low blend of custom-made pieces, Tom Ford shoes, a vintage fascinator, and staples from Zara. The same goes for his glam.

Miss Lawrence, who does his own makeup, is very proud of his kit, which is equal parts prestige and drugstore. "You season your food. I like to season my face, so it'll be good and baked when I step into the place," he laughs. So, what was on the menu for the big event? Miss Lawrence walks us through the whole process, ahead.

Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"Before I put my makeup on, I like to 'baste' my face and layer with tons of 'seasonings.' I don't cook, but I know that's what you're supposed to do when you're making turkey or ribs. You do the same thing to your face!

"First, I moisturize with La Mer, I swear by it. Then use milk of magnesia — the same kind you use when your stomach is screwed up — to control my oil and tighten my pores."
"I go on top of that with Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. It tightens my pores, especially in my T-zone area. Then, I put on Becca Resurfacing Primer [Edit. Note: This product is currently unavailable] which gives me a very silky smooth finish. I let it dry — and it gives me an ashy look — but I go on top of that with my makeup.

"Right now, I mix and match between Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 14 as my base, and AJ Crimson's Artist Kit in Warm/Deep. I'll use that to give myself lots of definition. I go under my eyes and contour my nose."
"Oh, I'm not afraid of putting on layers, honey. I go on top of my foundation with Make Up For Ever HD Loose Powder. Then, I set everything with Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

"Black Radiance's palette is good to go back in to carve out my cheekbones, like a highlighter. It adds to the finish and texture, and blends everything together.

"My go-to bronzer and illuminator is MAC's Shaft of Gold. They discontinued it, so it's kind of like my secret weapon. I was able to find it on eBay. A little dust of it on the cheekbones really pulls out your bone structure."
"For the eyes, less is more. If I know I'm giving a lot of drama with the lip and wardrobe, I don't have to go so heavy with my lashes and other accouterments. Plus, I don't really wear eyeshadows. I have small-set eyes. I draw a good brow with a CoverGirl pencil, and I use liquid liner by Kevyn Aucoin. Anything else looks crazy to me.

"I grab lashes from wherever I see good lashes at. It doesn't matter. I think the lashes I put on for the ball, I grabbed them at Target."
"Next is lips. To prime them, I apply Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil all over. Then on the outer lip, I apply Chestnut by MAC. My outer layer of lip color is Ruby Woo by MAC. For the inner lip, I go in with Lady Danger, also by MAC. I don't ever want anyone to have the same lip color as mine — I believe in everything being customizable."
Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"I wasn't going for a particular look this night. I wanted to keep everything neutral and nude, except for the lip. I wanted a pretty, glowy, bronzy effect. I just wanted to look pretty!"
Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"When I do my makeup, I think. I sing. I play music. It gets me in the mood, and it creates a moment I need for when I'm getting ready to go out. I once met Grace Jones, and we were getting ready to take a picture... but she had to do her face beforehand. I asked her if she did her own makeup, and she said this: 'Honey, I always do my own makeup. Nobody knows my flaws better than me.' That's the exact articulation I needed. I do my own makeup because it's therapeutic... and no one else knows my flaws better."
Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"Ballrooms are such a safe haven for LGBT individuals, especially within the Black and Latino communities. Society ostracized these kids, and these 'houses' are like families. Going to the Mothership Ball was very reflective of that. The life that you get from the community is magical. There's nowhere else where you'll find so much creativity from such beautiful individuals under one roof, where we can celebrate ourselves. It felt really, really good to be there."

Fox's Star returns on Wednesday, September 27 at 9/8c.
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