Lily Collins Has a Party-Perfect Makeup Look

The lips! The hair! The brows! Drool over this Lily Collins look and then copy it for your next holiday party.
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The lips! The hair! The brows! Drool over this Lily Collins look and then copy it for your next holiday party.
Lily Collins makeup, Glamour Women of the Year awards, 2013 (2)

Okay, maybe we can't all copy the brows, dammit. (If only!) But the rest of this hair and makeup look on Lily Collins at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards last month is easy enough for us mere mortals to replicate—and if it makes us look a fraction as good as Lily here, I think that's reason to celebrate!

These images have been haunting both my Pinterest feed and my brain lately—as soon as I saw her, I knew I'd have to do a makeup breakdown. And it's all just SO Christmas party-appropriate. We've got the bendy waves dressed up with a centre part. We've got the slick of festive berry lipstick. And both are set off by flushed cheeks, defined long lashes and a kiss of shimmery eyeshadow. I could not love this more.

Before we start, take in Lily's head to toe:

Lily Collins, Glamour Women of the Year awards, 2013 (2)

And now, prepare to be blown away by the close-up (and insanely jealous of her skin):

Lily Collins makeup, Glamour Women of the Year awards, 2013 (3)

The makeup was all Lancôme, since as you know Lily is their newest ambassadress. (Can't stop feeling awkward every time I say that word.) Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff did a phenomenal job. I just love makeup like this, where it's impactful and special, yet age-appropriate and not heavy or overdone.

And we'll start with the lips, of course. She used Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Berry Noir:

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge in Berry Noir

This is a beautifully creamy and lightweight formula; if you scroll up and look at Lily's lips again, you can see just how sheer the pigment looks on. (Isn't it amazing how lipsticks have all gone this way? Science is a wonderful thing.)

In the same family as the lipstick is the flush of cool pink on the cheeks, from the Lancôme Blush Subtil Palette in Ménage à Trois:

Lancome Blush Subtil Palette in Menage a Trois

This palette gives you blush plus a contour and a highlighter. I like this new Ménage à Trois shade because the contour isn't too dark; I have a major fear of "dirty face" syndrome with contour colours.

To perfect Lily's skin—which hardly needs perfecting, but still—Pati used the Lancôme Teint Visionnaire Skin Correcting Makeup Duo:

Lancome Teint Visionnaire Skin Correcting Makeup Duo

This is a foundation with a matching concealer in the lid; pretty genius idea. Also genius is the fact that the shade names also include a "C," "W," or "N" (cool, warm or neutral) so that you can find your match more easily. Lily is wearing one of the Ivoires.

To set it, Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup in Matte Porcelaine was applied on top:

Lancome Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup

Now, we've arrived at eyes. If you look at the close-up again, Lily barely looks like she's wearing any eyeshadow, save for a bit of nude shimmer and some soft brown definition along the lash lines. The Lancôme Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Sienna Sultry was behind that:

Lancome Color Design Shadow & Liner Palette Sienna Sultry

How great are these colours? You get matte soft beige, baby pink shimmer, matte soft taupe brown, soft golden copper shimmer and chocolate golden brown shimmer. With a wet angled brush, they also double as liners.

Mostly, though, I can tell that Pati really focused on building and defining Lily's eyelashes. The mascara was Lancôme L’Extreme Instant Extensions Lengthening Mascara in Black:

Busted Image

A great choice, because you can see that it really does give a fanned out, false lash effect without looking fake. I haven't tried this one, but Lancôme mascaras are among my faves—I'm a longtime fan of Hypnôse.

Here's the finished look, with Lily working a sexy open-mouth pout in this pic:

Lily Collins makeup, Glamour Women of the Year awards, 2013

Can you even stand it? Now let's quickly talk hair—Mara Roszak is usually Lily's hairstylist, and she gets this look by first rough drying damp hair with the Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer:

Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer

Been hearing a lot about this blowdryer, and while I haven't tried it yet, I fully trust that Harry Josh, who I met a couple of years ago, knows what he's doing. I mean, can you even question the guy responsible for Gisele's famous hairdo? C'mon.

After that, Mara uses a one-inch barrel curling iron to create these piecey, textured waves. This is the coolest set because you get four different barrel sizes, ranging from 0.70 to 1.5:

Amika 4P Interchangeable Barrel Curler

Then, to break up the curls, Mara applies Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo all over:

Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo

I also talked to Serge Normant once, and I think it he was hands down the hardest person to secure an interview with. (That was back in the ELLE days; there's no way I'd get time with him now as an independent.) But my point? He's so VIP that his hair products line has gotta be good.

After the dry shampoo, Mara rubs Kevin Murphy Night Rider Matte Texture Paste between her palms and then runs them through Lily's hair.

Kevin Murphy Night Rider Matte Texture Paste

OMG, will I sound like an asshole if I say that I've also talked to Kevin Murphy? Unlike Harry's or Serge's, his prods have wider distribution, so you may already be familiar with how great they are. Funny, I never thought to try his texture paste before (I had it in my head that it was for guys), but now I want to.

The last step of Lily's hair look is to set with old faithful Elnett:

L'Oreal Paris Elnett Hairspray Extra Strong Hold Unscented

I always, always use Elnett whenever I put the effort in to do my hair properly—and I've talked to hairstylists who secretly use this instead of whatever brand's hairspray they're supposed to be promoting. Good sign! Also, if the "old lady" scent bothers you, it now comes in an unscented version.

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