Want to look like Angelina Jolie? Don’t we all! I usually think she looks beautiful (and I always covet her Louboutins), but I was especially enamored with her neutral makeup look at the Spirit Awards last week. So much that we consulted our friend and celebrity makeup artist Emily Kate Warren for tips on how to re-create the look. (Many thanks for the wonderful tips!) Then I tapped into my arsenal of makeup products to try to recreate the natural glow effect. (Sadly, no amount of makeup I ever put on will have me looking like Angie).
I think it’s tricky making this look work because you essentially have to put your face out there with very little color, but a lot of polish. When working with nudes and neutrals, it is also tricky to find shades that don’t wash you out, so I recommend testing out a bunch of products to get the ones that work for you. Below, I’ve listed the tools and tricks that did it for me.
First, get your skin looking healthy. After trying a zillion products, I’ve finally gone back to using Elemis, which is my tried and true staple. I recommend that the first place you should put your money is in a skincare regime that really works for you. Next, break out the color cosmetics. I used a powder foundation to get that “pore-less” look, without adding too much weight to the skin. I find that liquid foundation also tends to cling onto dead skin cells emphasizing dry skin during the winter. My pick is Clinique’s new Almost Powder Makeup SPF 15. I used a shade called 02 neutral fair, which will hit Clinique counters next week. Then I finished off my makeup with MAC’s Iridescent Pressed Powder in Belightful from their FAFI Collection, which is hands down, my favorite non-bronzer bronzer.
Use a very natural eye shadow that is similar to your skin tone. My pick is MAC’s Paint Pot in Laying Low – a nice creamy beige that naturally brightens without the use of any sparkles or shimmer. In order to get that intense black liner look, you’ll have to use liquid liner. Emily says that “the trick to getting a perfectly straight line is let your lid pull itself tight. Chin up, cast your eyes only down toward the mirror so you can see yourself. Starting with your right eye, look down and to the right. This will smooth any crinkles at your inner corners. Turn your right cheek toward the mirror so you can see yourself. Drag the brush from your inner corner to the middle of your lid. Now look down and to the left, turning your left cheek toward the mirror so you can see yourself. In one quick stroke, drag the liner brush from the point where you left off and angle upward and out to about 1/4-inch from your outer corner.” 99% of the time I can’t use liquid liner, but I’ve found that the Precision Liquid Eyeliner from Le Metier de Beaute is pretty much idiot-proof. I used it in Noir.
Next up: mascara. I am a huge fan of layering different mascaras since I’ve found that many mascaras are only really good at getting one thing right – whether its length, volume or curl. I started with Clinique’s Lash Power Mascara in black onyx, which makes me instantly look like I have fuller, thicker lashes. Then I put on a layer of Cover Girl’s Lash Blast, which helped curl, volumize and well, blast.
Finish off your look with glossy, neutral lips. It is very important here to experiment with color that works for you because a wrong shade can really wash you out. Start by moisturizing lips or else they will look flaky! I used my favorite, Eve Lom Kiss Mix. Then the trick is to use a dab of concealer so your lip color really shows up. I used Cover Girl’s True Conceal. Use very sparingly or you will get a washed out effect. Dab concealer onto the back of your hand and then lightly apply using fingertips.
I used Shu Uemura’s lipstick in Serene Pink from their Spring Rebirth Collection. It was really more of a nice warm nude to me than a pink. And since most of the face is matte, I finished with a swipe of Jane Iredale PureGloss in Soft Peach.