Here we go—it's the makeup breakdown we've all been waiting for. Emma Watson was the Golden Globes favourite for so many of us, including moi. First of all, her skin and face are utterly gorgeous; a makeup artist's dream basically. Her features are so delicate and feminine but then she also has those thick, model-esque eyebrows that give structure.
However, those aren't the only reasons to love Emma. She's also a beauty editor's dream because her way of wearing makeup is so completely on trend.
Take this pink lipstick and red dress combination, for example. “I actually discouraged the matching of the lip to the dress because I feel like that never really works, and is very predictable,” says her makeup artist, Kate Lee. Are you taking notes? No more matchy-matchy, at least with red. I think I have to agree here.
Also, get this—they looked at Pinterest to get ideas for the makeup. "[We] mixed up a lip colour that looked modern and fresh, but was also classically beautiful," says Kate.
Here are the breathtaking results:
“I like to use the Chanel Hydra Beauty Sérum to prep the skin," says Kate. "I use it on every single person I work with. It delivers a really intense dose of hydration but doesn't leave any residue behind. It's perfect for under makeup as a pre-base, too.”
"Emma has the most amazing skin and I really wanted to keep the integrity and quality visible," says Kate. "I used Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15—just a tiny amount where I needed it—leaving the skin as clean as I could."
“On the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and along the jawline I applied Illamasqua Gleam Cream in Aurora to bring a tiny bit of light and luminosity to the high points of her face.” I know exactly why Kate chose this product—Chanel had a limited-edition cream highlighter (with to-die-for quilting) many years ago, so this is very similar. Amazing product!
"Then I used two shades of Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15," says Kate. "No. 60 around the hairline, on the cheekbones, on the clavicles and on the neck in place of a bronzer."
"And No. 30, which is lighter, just to take the shine off the forehead and the tip of her nose."
"Emma’s eyebrows are on the next level of perfection, so I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel to hold them in shape and bring in a sense of uniformity."
"I put a little bit of Chanel Stylo Éclat Lumière Highlighter Face Pen on Emma’s lids and under her brow bone to black out that space and make it a clear negative," says Kate. "I don’t like the idea of using a highlighter and then using a shading colour on eyes, so there’s actually nothing on Emma’s eyelids. A lot of times when you see a highlight in my work, it’s just concealer!"
"Then I used Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Noir on her lashes. I’m a big fan of thick and full lashes at awards ceremonies. The wand on this mascara is fantastic as you can really get down to the base." (Thank you Kate, for not using false eyelashes!)
"I’m not a lip liner person at all, and if I do use a liner, I will generally use one that matches the lip, not the lipstick," says Kate. "There’s nothing more aging and less cool than a very hard lip line—no mater what the colour. If you do choose to over-draw your lip a little bit, it needs to be in a soft way."
"With Emma, I mixed Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Longwear Lip Colour in Exaltée..."
"...and Coromandel, and went straight from the lipstick to the lip with my brush, blending the colour out and blotting."
"I use oil-blotting sheets when I blot because it lifts up the oils and the waxes, but it leaves behind the pigment, so when you go back and add another coat, it makes the colour that much more intense. Then I put a layer of translucent powder on top and repeat the process. It’s a long day for these guys. Sometimes, if it’s a bright lip and I want to shape the colour a bit, I’ll also trace around the outside of the lip line with a concealer."
Is Kate Lee the best makeup artist or what??
Now, here's a look at Emma's hair from the side, a soft chignon:
Celebrity hairstylist Shelley Brien started by spraying Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Heat Protect & Shine Spray on Emma's damp hair before blowing it out smooth and straight with a medium-sized boar-bristle round brush.
Once dry, she parted the hair on one side and sprayed in Vidal Sassoon Pro Series ColorFinity Dry Shampoo in Rich Darks at the roots for extra volume. (A tinted dry shampoo with a drugstore price! Nice.)
Next, Shelley backcombed the hair near the front of Emma's face to create texture, and then brushed all her hair back until it was smooth.
Maintaining the side part, she pulled the hair into a low ponytail and then wrapped it loosely into a chignon and then pinned in place. (The Goody Mini Bobby Pins are a great choice for this, by the way.)
Then, she pulled a few pieces of hair out in the front, tucking them behind the ears to create a modern, tousled look.
To finish, Emma got a spritz of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Flexible Hold Hairspray.
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