So we pored over the close-ups from the 2014 BAFTA Awards, and it was unanimous: we all want to know how to look like Léa Seydoux. The 28-year-old star of Blue is the Warmest Color wore the most incredible navy blue smoky eyes with a strong sweep of pink on her cheeks and soft, matte pink lips.
As soon as I saw it, I immediately began stalking makeup artists on Instagram, where I learned that UK- and NYC-based Mary Wiles was the one behind the look. She told us to check the Telegraph for the breakdown, and so I'm re-listing the steps here, in usual Beauty Editor fashion.
But first—the extreme close-up:
Mary actually started on the eyes first, which is a little trick you may want to copy whenever you're doing a smoky eye. That way, any excess shadow that falls on your cheeks or under-eye area can easily be cleaned up, without ruining your foundation application.
Speaking of foundation, Mary says that prepping the lids is the secret to a precise smoky eye. "I applied a little base and powder to create a good surface to the eyelids, evening out the tone and getting rid of any grease." You could also use an eyeshadow primer.
The eyeshadow palette Mary used was the Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Palette in DO4 Lumière d'Azur:
This palette appears to only be available in the UK; a similar one is the Dior 5-Colour Designer All-In-One Artistry Palette in Navy Design:
The silver shade went on Léa's inner eyelids; then, Mary layered the two deepest blues along the top and bottom lashes and through the outer socket. ("Always add a dark shade in layers," she says; "It's easier to add than take away.") Also important is blending—the shadow was taken up and out at the edges for that fierce, feline look.
Next, Mary drew eyeliner along the upper lash line and the inner lower waterline. The mascara is Lancôme Hypnose Doll Lashes, and she also applied a few individual false eyelashes at the outer corners.
Brows were kept soft, as a strong brow would've distracted from the statement eyes. Mary enhanced them with a light-coloured eyebrow pencil. A good choice would be Sisley Phyto-Sourcils Perfect Brow Pencil in Cappuccino:
Finally, it was time for the base. Mary mixed Lancôme Teint Miracle Lit-From-Within Makeup:
With a little Lancôme Eclat Miracle Serum of Light Complexion Illuminator:
This illuminator doesn't seem to be widely available anymore; maybe it's being discontinued—so you could try Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base (my very favourite, and a top makeup artist product) instead.
After Mary blended the foundation and illuminator together, she concentrated her application in the T-zone, blending it out from there with a brush. (The EXACT technique I recommended way back when.)
To hide dark circles, she patted on Lancôme Teint Miracle Instant Retouch Pen (probably with her fingers, as it's a pen format).
That fabulous, almost '80s-looking cheek was sculpted using Lancôme Blush Subtil in Rose Sable. (This may be a UK-only shade; try Cedar Rose for the next closest match.) Mary blended it from the apples outward, using a circular motion.
Dark circles were diminished by patting Teint Miracle Corrector concealer into the skin, while Mary subtly sculptured Léa's cheekbones using Lancôme Blush Subtil in Rose Sable, "blended from the apple of the cheek outward in a circular motion".
To keep Lea's lips soft—but not fading away—Mary applied lip balm before using Lancôme Contour Pro Lip Liner. Here in North America, I think Lancôme Le Lipstique Lip Colouring Stick is the same product; Natural Mauve looks like a match.
Here's how it all came together:
And can we talk about how she tilts her chin down, with that half-smile? So cool. So French.
Will you be trying this look? I love the idea of navy instead of black, brown or grey smoky eyes. Let me know what you think...
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