PEOPLE StyleWatch editors were uniformly obsessed with Gabrielle Union’s stunning glow at a pre-ESPYs event last week. So imagine our delight when the Being Mary Jane actress told us she achieved it completely on her own.
“I can do my own hair and makeup and not look completely crazy!” she told PEOPLE. “[But] you just don’t have that same confidence as if a professional did it. My friends were on watch all night.”
She also relies on her friends for makeup advice before she gets to the event. “Sanaa Lathan is one of my best friends, and she believes there’s no such thing as too much blush,” Union shared, so that night, “I used a Sanaa trick where I used a ton of blush. Provided it’s not too deep for your skin tone, your face can generally hold more [color] in a well-lit area, like a red carpet.”