When it comes to red-carpet beauty, all-out glamour is the norm. So imagine our delight when Kate Mara appeared at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in barely there makeup, an easy center-parted chignon and nary a jewel in sight for a look that was a breath of fresh air among all the sparkles and red lips. “We went for a fresh-faced, modern take on the '60s eye, using gray shadows instead of black, which could end up being too harsh or too smoky with that gorgeous, airy Jason Wu chiffon gown," explains her makeup artist, Nick Barose. Here he shares the steps for creating her perfectly pretty makeup on your own.
Step 1: Prep your face by blending a lightweight foundation onto your skin, using a dampened sponge to get a sheer, dewy finish. Try: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat.
Step 2: Dust on a sheer, light powder, like Shiseido Translucent Loose Powder, to keep oiliness and shine at bay.
Step 3: To add a healthy glow on cheeks without the look of strong blush, dust a soft warm champagne-toned highlighter onto the apples of your cheeks. Try: Aerin Estée Lauder Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder in Level 1.
Step 4: Fill in brows with short, light strokes to add soft, defined arches. Try: Maybelline Define-a-Brow Eyebrow Pencil.
Step 5: To create the modified '60s smoky eyes, smudge gray eye shadow on your upper lids, from your lash lines to the creases. Then wing it out a bit, and smudge the same gray shadow along your lower lash lines. Try: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Quads in Maestro.
Step 6: Line your upper lash lines with black cream eyeliner, like Lancôme Liner Design Long Wear Calligraphy Gel Eyeliner in Black Fishnets. Use a slanted brush to apply the liner, starting at your inner corners and dragging it out toward the outer corners. Then wing it out a bit, but not too much. The effect shouldn’t be too retro.
Step 7: Add a hint of sheen by dabbing shimmery gray cream shadow, like Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire, in the center of your upper lids and a bit into the inner corners of your eyes to catch the light.
Step 8: To add drama to your lashes, apply black mascara by holding the wand vertically so it goes on a bit chunky but not too clumpy. Try: Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara.
Step 9: Line the inner rims of your eyes with a black pencil, like L’Oréal Paris Wear Infinité Soft Powder Eye Liner in Ebony.
Step 10: Line your lips with a soft nude lip pencil, like YSL Dessin Des Levres Lip Liner in 7 Cognac. Then add a shimmery nude gloss with a hint of coral in it. Try: Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Shell. Avoid a shade that’s nude to keep from looking washed out.
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