Look Breakdown

Kristen Bell, Kristen Bell Golden Globes
You gotta love her.

 

I love Kristen Bell and I think this would be a great holiday makeup look, so let me break it did-down.

Foundation: Full coverage, matte finish. Concealer under eyes and where needed. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation would be a good choice.

Powder: Matte powder all over. Rimmel Stay Matte Powders are up to this job.

Highlighter: Yes, on cheekbones. It’s subtle though. Benefit Watts Up applied sparingly would work well.

Contour/Bronzer: Contour under cheekbones. I’m a big fan of the Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kits for this.

Cheek Color: A minimal amount of a peachy blush, like MAC Melba.

Eyebrows: Soft taupe brow powder filling in sparseness, accentuating the arch and extending slightly at ends. A very 1950s/Marilyn Monroe shaped brow. Brow powder color will depend on your actual brow color.

Eye Makeup: Gold shadow all over lid. Laura Mercier Gold Seduction would work well. Lighter gold shadow, like MAC Ricepaper, in inner corners. Medium brown matte shadow, like MAC Wedge, in crease, slightly extended at outer corners. Black gel liner, like MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, smoked out into brown (MAC Brun) or black (MAC Carbon) eyeshadow at top lashline. Brown shadow at outer 2/3 of bottom lashline. Thin brown pencil (like Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in Scotch) or gel liner smudged out/softened on outer 2/3 bottom lashline.

Mascara: Yes, black mascara top and bottom. Dior Diorshow is my favorite for top lashes. Clinique Bottom lash mascara is great for bottom lashes, as it’s a beauty tubes mascara, so no smudging.

False Lashes: Yes, strip lashes that are fuller on the outer ends.

Lipliner: Yes, same color as the lipstick. MAC Subculture would work for this.

Lipcolor: MAC lipstick in Cherish would be a good match. It’s a soft muted peachy beige with a satin finish. In all of the pictures I’ve looked at, I’m seeing that the center of Kristen’s bottom lip looks lighter. That’s a trick to make it look fuller. Her makeup artist likely applied a gloss with shimmer in it to that area, as shimmer particles reflect light and give the illusion that an area is fuller. So a clear or peachy gloss with shimmer dotted on the center of the bottom lip will do the trick. MAC Florabundance Lipglass would be my choice, but alas, it has gone into the underworld of The Discontinued Products.

This look would work on a lot of people. The shape of the eye makeup works especially well on smaller eyes, and gold shadows often look great on medium skintones. The lipstick may not be as flattering on very fair skin, so you could go for something more pink. This look is kind of classic Old Hollywood with a modern nude lip. I think it’s a great one for a holiday party.

Kristen’s makeup artist for this look was Simone Siegl.

Some more pictures of this beautiful look:

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Look Breakdown

Alexa Chung, Longchamp, natural makeup
Alexa Chung for Longchamp

It’s been a minute, but I’m back with a Look Breakdown. Here’s what I think she is wearing for makeup.

Foundation: Medium coverage. Concealer under eyes and where needed.
Powder: Matte powder minimally where needed.
Highlighter: No.
Contour/Bronzer: Light contour under cheekbones.
Cheek Color: Tiniest amount of light pink powder blush, in a shade similar to Dandelion from Benefit. It’s not apparent in this image but can be seen in the print ad.
Eyebrows: Very small amount of brow powder filling in sparseness. This follows the natural shape of the brow–nothing overly drawn in here.
Eye Makeup: Light matte brown shadow (like MAC Wedge) on lids, blended into crease. Dark brown eyeshadow (like MAC Brun) at upper lashline, winged out and softened. Chocolate brown pencil liner smoked out at top lashline, following shadow shape. Slightly lighter brown eyeshadow (like MAC Espresso) applied thinly at bottom lashes. Pencil liner dotted at lash roots and blended. This may have been a retouching effect in the ad, but her waterline looks white. You can get the same effect using and off white pencil liner, like MAC Chromographic pencil in NC 15/NW20 on the waterline.
Mascara: Yes, top and bottom. Not heavily applied.
False Lashes: No.
Lipliner: Most likely, same color as the lipstick. It is softened around the edges.
Lipcolor: A light pink with some small shimmer particles. It looks different in this image–it’s definitely more pink in the print ad. MAC Sandy B would have been a good match but it’s sadly been discontinued.

This look would work on a lot of people. The brown eye makeup works especially well with blue eyes. You can get the same natural effect if you have darker skin than Alexa by choosing an eyeshadow that is a few shades lighter than your skin. MAC Era is good option. It has a little shimmer but not an obvious amount. Also, if you have medium or dark skin, you’ll want to go a little deeper with the pink lipstick. Light lipsticks can be too much of a contrast on darker skin. The shape of this eye makeup works well on those with hooded lids. If you have almond shaped eyes that you don’t want to visually extend the length of, you can eliminate the winged part of this eye makeup.

Look Breakdown

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Foundation: Sheer coverage. Concealer under eyes and where needed.
Powder: Matte powder minimally where needed.
Highlighter: Yes, on browbone.
Contour/Bronzer: Bronzer at hairline and tops of cheekbones.
Cheek Color: Small amount of a rosy color, possibly with some shimmer. I would use a cream blush for this look.
Eyebrows: Filled in with brow powder. The ends were extended to elongate the brow. Front of brows slightly brushed upwards.
Eye Makeup: Copper shadow on lids, cocoa shadow in crease, color a few shades lighter than skin on browbone (see “Highlighter”). Lighter/goldish color in inner corners and at lower lashline. Thick black pencil liner at top lashline, smudged out and layered with black eyeshadow. Liner is extended out past corners of eyes, but not flicked upwards (although it’s hard to tell considering the angle of her head in this photo).  Thin black pencil liner at bottom lashline, smudged into the shadow. Black pencil liner on top and bottom waterline.
Mascara: Yes, top and bottom. Heavy on bottom lashes.
False Lashes: Yes, strip lashes on top, or at least on outer corners.
Lipliner: Most likely, same color as the lipstick. It is softened around the edges.
Lipcolor: A matte purplish pink lipstick. Looks like Candy Yum Yum from MAC.

Look Breakdown

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Foundation: Medium to full coverage, possibly airbrush. Concealer under eyes and where needed.
Powder: Thin layer over whole face.
Highlighter: Minimally down bridge of nose.
Contour/Bronzer: Light contour under cheekbones and at hairline.
Cheek Color: Light bubblegum pink.
Eyebrows: Lightly filled in with brow powder or matte eyeshadow.
Eye Makeup: Matte camel eyeshadow on lid. Black gel eyeliner at top lashline, starting thinner at inner corners and getting thicker towards the edges. Winged out. Black liner on top waterline. Matte brown eyeshadow pushed into lower lash roots for definition.
Mascara: Yes on top, very sparingly on bottom.
False Lashes: Yes, strip lashes on top.
Lipliner: No.
Lipcolor: Nude pink lipstick with gloss in center of lips.

Look Breakdown

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Foundation: Medium to full coverage, possibly airbrush. Concealer under eyes and where needed.
Powder: Matte powder minimally where needed. In some pictures, it looks like a gold shimmer powder was lightly dusted on forehead and cheeks.
Highlighter: Yes, shimmery highlighter on cheekbones and bridge of nose, matte highlighter (or lighter concealer) under eyes.
Contour/Bronzer: Light contour under cheekbones and at hairline.
Cheek Color: Light pinkish red with gold shimmer (or that is the gold shimmer powder I’m seeing).
Eyebrows: Lightly filled in with brow powder or matte eyeshadow.
Eye Makeup: Light gold shimmer on lids, lower lashline, and at inner corners. Dark matte brown shadow at top and bottom lashlines, very thin then thickens at outer corners of eyes. Dark brown liner on lower waterlines, brought all the way in to tearducts.
Mascara: Yes, top and bottom.
False Lashes: Yes, strip lashes on top.
Lipliner: Yes, same color as the lipstick.
Lipcolor: In some pictures, it looks like she is wearing a true red, but it looks brick red in others. Looks like a satin finish or a small amount of Vaseline-type product applied. Does not appear to be a gloss.

Look Breakdown

Look Breakdown

From what I can tell, here is what we have going on:

Foundation: Medium coverage foundation. Looks like there may have been the model’s regular shade of foundation around the edges of the face, and a lighter foundation through the center.
Powder: Possibly used sparingly to set.
Highlighter: Down bridge of nose and above Cupid’s Bow.
Contour/Bronzer: Light contour under cheekbones and at hairline.
Cheek Color: Candy pink from apples of cheeks up over cheekbones.
Eyebrows: Filled in softly.
Eye Makeup: Silver-gray shadow on lid, winged out. Carried into crease, with possible a darker gray in crease as well. Shimmer silver-white shadow at inner corners. Same silver-gray shadow at lower lashline. Flesh colored eyeliner on bottom waterline.
Mascara: Yes, top and bottom (minimally on bottom).
False Lashes: Doesn’t look like it.
Lipliner: Yes, same as lip color and blended very well.
Lipcolor: Cherry red lipstick with either a shimmery gloss or the silver-white eyeshadow patted on the center.

Look Breakdown

Look Breakdown

From what I can tell, here is what we have going on:

Foundation: Full coverage or airbrush.
Powder: Yes, all over. This is a pretty matte look.
Highlighter: Yes, on tops of cheekbones and lightly down bridge of nose and above Cupid’s Bow.
Contour/Bronzer: Light contour under cheekbones and at hairline.
Cheek Color: Soft pink from apples of cheeks up over cheekbones.
Eyebrows: Filled in throughout, including above arch, and probably extended slightly.
Eye Makeup: An orangey/peachy eyeshadow all over lid. Gray-brown color in crease. Light color (like MAC Vanilla) on browbone. Gray eyeshadow at upper lashline going all the way in to tearduct. Black gel liner from start of natural upper lashline to end of upper lashline. Black eyeshadow at outer V. Gray eyeshadow at lower lashline. Black gel liner from outer corner of the lower lashline to about halfway in, strongest on the outer corners. White or off-white pencil liner on lower waterline.
Mascara: Yes, top and bottom (minimally on bottom).
False Lashes: Probably two pairs on top. One thinner full strip, and then another with longer, fuller lashes on outer 2/3 of strip.
Lipliner: Yes, same color as the lipstick.
Lipcolor: Fruit punch pink, with gloss on the center or lips.

Look Breakdown

Look Breakdown

From what I can tell, here is what we have going on:

Foundation: Sheer to medium coverage liquid foundation. MAC Face & Body would be perfect for this look.
Powder: Used minimally to set the makeup.
Highlighter: Yes, through center of face and above top lip.
Contour/Bronzer: Bronzer on forehead, cheekbones, very bottom of chin.
Cheek Color: Tawny cream blush, probably applied after foundation but before powder.
Eyebrows: Very lightly filled in from arch to outer corner.
Eye Makeup: All shimmer eyeshadows. Golden-y bronze on lid, shimmery bronze brown on crease, light champagne on browbone. Light gold on inner corners. Same golden-y bronze applied at lower lashline, somewhat thick. Dark brown eyeshadow maybe mixed with a brown pencil liner at top lashline, drawn all the way to tearduct. Thin line of brown eyeshadow drawn at lower lashline. Brown eyeliner pencil–like MAC Teddy–on lower waterline.
Mascara: Yes, top and bottom.
False Lashes: Individual lashes at outer corners on top.
Lipliner: No
Lipcolor: Light matte pink peach, patted on like a stain

Look Breakdown

Look Breakdown

From what I can tell, here is what we have going on:

Foundation: Medium coverage foundation, possibly with some illuminating qualities
Powder: Used sparingly to set foundation
Highlighter: Yes, under eyes and on chin
Contour/Bronzer: Contour under cheekbones and on forehead. It looks like someone was trying to “correct” her heart shaped face by making her forehead appear more narrow and the lower half of her face a bit wider.
Cheek Color: Yes, a peachy toned shade
Eyebrows: Filled in with brow powder and groomed with brow gel
Eye Makeup: Slate gray shadow on lids and into crease. Lightly applied brown shadow or matte bronzer slightly above crease. Black gel or liquid liner at top lashline. Frosty white shadow at inner corners. Slate gray shadow at lower lashline. Gray-black pencil at lower lashline. Same liner on lower waterline, brought all the way into tearducts. Black liner on upper waterline.
Mascara: Yes, black mascara on top and bottom lashes (applied minimally on bottom lashes)
False Lashes: Yes, on top lashes
Lips: Medium pink lipstick topped with gloss. Lipstick looks similar to “Please Me” by MAC, gloss looks similar to Lancome Juicy Tubes in Tickled Pink.

Look Breakdown

Look Breakdown

From what I can tell, here is what we have going on:

Foundation: Medium coverage foundation, possibly with some illuminating qualities
Powder: Used sparingly to set foundation
Highlighter: Yes, on bridge of nose, on browbones, and on tops of cheekbones
Contour/Bronzer: Bronzer on tops of cheekbones (lower down than the highlighter) and minimally at the hairline
Cheek Color: I don’t see any
Eyebrows: Filled in with brow powder
Eye Makeup: Hard to see the lids because of the angle, but I would say there is chocolate brown color there. That color is also in the crease, extended out, and applied quite low down under the lower lashline. There is black pencil liner, smudged, at top and bottom lashlines. Black liner on upper and lower waterline.
Mascara: Yes, plenty of black mascara
False Lashes: None at bottom, hard to tell on top. If they are on top, they look more like individuals than strips.
Lips: A nude, pink brown lipliner lining and filling in the lips. Topped with a lip balm.