On any given day in the makeup chair at VIOLET GREY, one may find inspiration in the form of stacks of vintage beauty books or an irresistible rainbow of lipsticks. On very special days, an actress and her beauty team take residency and put their creativity on display in the makeup chair. The latest coterie, British stunner Alice Eve alongside longtime makeup artist Georgie Eisdell and hairstylist Alex Polillo, created looks featuring a sultry smoky eye and heavily textured tresses.
course, Alice is no stranger to the makeup chair. The actress has starred in
both big-screen blockbusters (She’s
Out of My League, Star Trek Into Darkness) and sunk her teeth into
independent films (Cold Comes the Night with Bryan Cranston and Some Velvet Morning
with Stanley Tucci). Next up for Alice is one of each, respectively: a rumored
role in the film reboot of Entourage and a starring role in Before We
Go, the directorial debut for co-star Chris Evans, premiering at the
Toronto Film Festival next month — and the press tours that accompany them. Topping off her
busy year is an engagement to her high school sweetheart, British financier
Alex Cowper-Smith. In anticipation of this breakneck schedule of appearances
and wedding events ahead, Georgie and Alice sat down to play with a few looks,
experiment with new shades and divulge a few great skin secrets.
“This shoot was all about
experimenting and seeing where the day took us,” Georgie told VIOLET GREY. “One
of the things that I love about working with Alice is that she likes to be very
involved in the creative process; she likes to experiment and she can take on
many different roles, but still looks like a version of herself.”
In a new role for Georgie, the artist becomes the interviewer and shares with VIOLET GREY a conversation with her longtime client on the record, and into print, below.
An intimate conversation between actress Alice Eve and her makeup artist Georgie Eisdell.
GEORGIE EISDELL: FROM THE FIRST TIME I MET YOU FIVE YEARS AGO, YOU'VE ALWAYS HAD GREAT SKIN. WHAT'S YOUR SECRET?
ALICE EVE: Water is important, and changing my products regularly seems to be useful
for me. My
skin only looks great when I am happy, though.
MANY ACTRESSES HAVE VERY SPECIFIC BEAUTY RITUALS THEY MUST DO BEFORE A RED
CARPET EVENT. WHAT ARE YOURS?
A.E.: I always spray
my face with rosewater to give the makeup a nice sheen.
WHAT BEAUTY TRICKS HAVE YOU PICKED UP IN THE MAKEUP CHAIR?
I’ve learned to go a bit above the natural lip with liner to apply mascara
right from the base of the lashes, and never let anyone pluck your eyebrows for
BRA, SILK ROBE, AND SHORTS BY KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE
HOW IMPORTANT IS HAIR AND MAKEUP IN DEVELOPING A CHARACTER FOR A ROLE?
Very important. Brooke in Before We Go is a quintessential American
girl. She has good skin and nails and wears simple makeup. This was reflected
in her personality: She was clear and direct. Knowing things like this is vital
to understanding the person; appearances can tell a lot about someone.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CITY TO VISIT?
Any city that is a walking city is a pleasure to visit. When you're on foot,
around other people on foot, you're in the middle of the world.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF MAKEUP?
When I was 9 years old my Nana told me not to moisturize my skin or wear
lipstick because my face would get used to it and I would rely on it. I
thought I knew better, but I learned that older people always know better.
on set ESSENTIALS
THE FOOLPROOF LIPSTICK TRICK
“The trick to a perfect red lip
is to create a seamless border. I always use a brush because I find it’s more precise.” —GEORGIE EISDELL, MAKEUP ARTIST
“I love this because it isn’t greasy or too thick, like many foundation
sticks can be. Moisturize your skin before so the product glides on easily –
but don’t use your fingers to apply the foundation, the consistency is too tricky for your
hands. Dampen a sponge with a little moisturizer, pat the sponge onto the
stick, then blend the formula onto the skin starting with your T-zone and blending out towards
the hairline.” —GEORGIE EISDELL, MAKEUP ARTIST
“This mascara is the best thing on the planet. I create a natural-looking liner effect by pushing the mascara brush as far into the lashes as
you can, wiggle back and forth into the root, then pull it through the lashes.
This creates a fluffy lash and a lot of length.” —GEORGIE EISDELL, MAKEUP ARTIST
“My best tip to master gel liner is to practice – and use a
small brush. The smaller the brush the more control you will have. For Alice, I
applied mascara first [using the above strategy] then painted a thin line under
the bottom lash line where I wanted more color.” —GEORGIE EISDELL, MAKEUP ARTIST