"I know I looked weird!" the 44-year-old told Savannah Guthrie. "I don't know, I guess nobody liked my makeup, you know."
"I've been doing this for years and years and years and people say things nice and they say things mean and it's just like whatever. You take the good with the bad," she said, later adding: "We saw how well the dark lipstick worked the other night!"
Tony Surratt, her longtime makeup artist, made up the
"We did a much stronger brow and a bold lip for a French sort of feel," he said. "I applied a creamy foundation for all-over glow, and then contoured the hairline and her cheekbones, adding warmth. I applied the lip ... and then we just kept the eyes really, really light."
The eye-lifting maneuver that caused such a fuss turned out to be a simple trick with an eyebrow pencil.
"The way I shaded her eyebrows with the pencil, I created an uplifting effect," he added. "Then, I finished with a shimmering, silky-beige shadow on her lids, and went with no mascara at all ... sort of a reaction against all the fake lashes we've been seeing on the red carpet."