That skin! Those lips! Those brows! Who knew that when Camilla Belle played angsty teen Rose in The Ballad of Jack and Rose she’d grow up to become one of beauty’s biggest players? Remember that beyond-inky mulberry lip she rocked at the Met Gala last year? We sure do. It sparked so much Internet chatter that it’s already gone down as one of the most iconic beauty looks of 2012. The man behind that blackened berry mouth, makeup artist Hung Vanngo, often collaborates with Belle. (Have you seen that stunning sapphire smoky eye she wore to Chanel's Tribeca Film Festival dinner? His handiwork!) He says the glowing actress is always down for testing out new trends (part of the reason we adore her). “She’s game to try any color out there and certainly isn’t afraid to wear strong hues,” he says. “She definitely gravitates toward color.”
Of that showstopping Met Gala makeup design, Vanngo says, “The makeup look was very strong yet still very sophisticated and approachable.” Upon glimpsing Belle’s dress the day of the event, Vanngo notes, “I wanted her to look like a bronzed goddess from the ’20s—with a modern touch, of course. I have this dark lipstick (CK One Color Pure Color Lipstick in Smooch) that I love and thought it would go well with the dress. I showed her the color and she said we could try it. The lipstick was my main focus, so I built the rest of the makeup look around it.” (Another great vampy lip option? Try: YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Noir Laque.)
Vanngo swears Belle’s enviable skin isn’t merely a makeup slight-of-hand; she’s truly born with it. “I usually don’t like to use much foundation on her, but I do like to prep her skin well,” he says. His secret: Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask followed by La Mer The Moisturizing Lotion and The Eye Balm Intense. (P.S. We’re trying this combo in 3, 2, 1….)
And those brows! Bold and impeccably groomed, they’re the type of arch we dream about. “I usually just tweeze the few hairs between her brows and a few just below the arch," Vanngo says. "We never want them to look too thin or over-tweezed.”
Though we’re enamored with Belle’s trendsetting beauty, Vanngo is stricken by her great personality. “She’s a dream client,” he says. “Not only does she have a stunning face, but she’s also easygoing. She has tons of patience and gives me her full attention when she’s sitting in my makeup chair.” A great attitude, too? Add it to the list of why we’re crushing hard on Camilla Belle.