Meet The Man Behind Michelle Obama’s Flawless Look

Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama

First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack at official dinner/ Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

When it comes to achieving pore-less skin, defined cheekbones and a luscious lash line, makeup artist Carl Ray has the lowdown on First Lady Michelle Obama’s flawless look.

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While the FLOTUS’s glow may seem unattainable at times, according to her personal makeup artist of 7 ½ years, the secret to looking gorgeous is the age old cliché, “less is more.”

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“I always want FLOTUS to be classic and timeless while remaining modern. Not overdone but effortlessly flawless,” Ray recently told of creating the First Lady’s signature look.

Of course, he explains, “her style has evolved over time. I tweak her makeup look depending on time of day and season. Also the type of event that she is attending and what she is wearing. I take into account every detail from casual to black tie events. If we are in another country, I may have her makeup compliment the surrounding environment and country’s culture.”

“Michelle’s personal style and makeup have evolved as does everyone’s. The more you work with a client the more you can shape a client’s image. FLOTUS style and image are iconic. I am so thrilled to be a part of our First Lady’s style evolution,” he added.

Although dabbling in beauty products all day, while traveling the world (32 countries) sounds like a dream, the pressure is real, as Ray is “responsible for all Michelle Obama’s official appearances,” including: magazine covers, television appearances, official portraits, and State Dinners domestic and foreign – like her 2016 State of the Union Address look, partnered with a wool crepe Narciso Rodriguez dress (that sold out in minutes).