Fine, I'm not Anne Hathaway's biggest fan—but you know who I AM a huge fan of? Her makeup artist, Kate Lee. Kate does makeup that is absolutely seamless. Whether it's foundation, blush or lashes, you don't look at her faces and see any obvious makeup; you just see prettiness. Out of any makeup artist, I think she's one of the best at bringing out a woman's natural beauty, without all the artifice.
And that's exactly what she did for Anne on Oscars night. "I wanted Anne to feel like the most beautiful version of herself," says Kate. "I think the days of deeply sculpting the cheekbones and over-extending the eyebrows are over. A key trend in beauty right now is not about looking at people’s makeup, but at how beautiful they are. It’s about celebrating your unique individual features.”
Could not agree more. Here's the close-up:
And here's how it was done.
To prep Anne's skin for makeup, Kate started by applying Chanel Hydra Beauty Sérum:
And Chanel Hydra Beauty Crème, a radiance-boosting moisturizer:
“I wanted the skin to be more velvety and not so dewy, so I just used a tiny bit of Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet in Beige Rosé 22 [a new foundation coming out this month!] only where needed," says Kate. "I started by putting a drop in the centre of the cheeks and blending it out with a sponge, pressing the product in, so it melted and became part of the skin. Then I put a little on the forehead and chin. You don’t need to cover your skin—just place it where you want to create a diffusion of light."
Anne wore two blushes. The first is a cream; Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Cheeky, which won't be available until May. The other colour (worn on top) is Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Pétale:
"I knew her look was going to be mainly about her lashes, so I kept her eyelids very nude by sweeping on Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Safari," says Kate. "If you really want the lashes to stand out, do a matte and pale lid—that will ensure you see very single eyelash. You create the perfect canvas."
"Next, I curled the lashes and gave them a generous coating with Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Noir. Then I asked Annie to close her eyes, and I painted the mascara right into the base of the lashes. I didn’t use any eyeliner, so I wanted the mascara to sit flush on the skin."
"From there, I applied false lashes, fitting them exactly to her lid. On the bottom lashes, I took a small fan brush and applied Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir at the roots only to avoid smudges while also building volume and enhancing the lash line."
"I didn’t want a definite 'lip'," says Kate. "Anne has a beautiful natural lip colour; it doesn’t need any help—it can do its own work! So I chose a lipstick matched to her natural lips, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Câline, a violet rose. Sometimes people get afraid of lipstick with violet in it, but a lot of people have this tone in their lips."
"I like to apply one coat of lipstick with a lip brush, blot and feather over the lip line with Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder for staying power, [and] then go back for one more coat with the lip brush. In the end, I just made her lips more healthful and beautiful to photograph on the carpet.”
Here's the final look:
Are you coming around to how beautiful this is? I sure am. Not bad Annie, not bad at all.
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