Did everyone catch Sarah Jessica Parker on David Letterman last night? In case you missed it, check out the video clip above. The always vivacious SJP gave a great interview, but what really stole our attention was her makeup! Leave it to Sarah Jessica to take the age-old beauty rule, "Never match your eye shadow to your outfit," and spin it around into something gorgeous. Wearing a sexy sequined zebra-print dress, she had a neon violet bra peeking out from underneath. Then, on her eyes, she wore a similar shade of bright purple. Divine! Not only is it a fresh makeup/fashion move, but we love how she's thumbing her nose at all those staid beauty rules. If anyone can get away with breaking 'em, it's her!
To get the dish on SJP's look, we phoned Leslie Lopez, her brilliant makeup artist for over the past five years. We reached Lopez in London, where she's prepping the star for the UK premiere of Sex and The City 2 and a trip to Buckingham Palace. We can't wait to see what Sarah Jessica wears to meet the queen!
Back to the Letterman makeup... Leslie told us how she and Sarah Jessica decided upon this daring look. "When I saw that purple bra on her, I just loved the color," says Lopez. "It worked with so well with her skin tone that I wanted to bring it to her face as well. When I showed Sarah Jessica an eye color that practically matched the bra shade, she loved the idea and said, 'Let's do it!'"
To create the look, Lopez first lined Sarah Jessica's top lashes with a violet liquid liner, then used her finger to smudge the color up on to her lid (for a similar color in shadow form, there's LancômeColor Design Eye Shadow in Trendy). Next, she added a dot of clear gloss to the center of the lid, then patted on a bit of loose iridescent purple glitter (Lopez used Make Up For Ever Glitters in Purple). "The gloss helps the glitter stay in place," she says. To intensify the look, she drew a thin line of the purple liquid liner along the top lashes (try Shu Uemura Painting Liner in Purple), then rimmed the inside of the eyes with a black kohl pencil (try L'Oréal Le Kohl Eyeliner in Carbon Black). "This defines the lashes and made the entire look more glamorous," she says. The finishing touch was a mix of black and purple mascaras. "I didn’t want her lashes to be heavy black, but I didn’t want to use brown mascara either because it wouldn’t have really worked against the purple shadow," says Lopez. "So I applied a black mascara first then layered a plum mascara on top, on both her top and bottom lashes." (For a similar look, go with Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in High Density Black and Fascinating Violet).
With so much going on around the eyes, Lopez kept the rest of SJP's makeup simple: A dusting of bronzer along her cheeks, temples, and nose, a berry cream blush on the apples of her cheeks, and nude lip gloss.
As for whether the rest of us can pull off the matchy-matchy thing, Lopez says, why not? "Don’t get caught up in what you supposedly are or are not supposed to wear with your makeup," she says. "Just go with what makes you feel gorgeous." We imagine Carrie Bradshaw would approve!