For the premiere of her blockbuster film, Kravitz wore a lacy off-the-shoulder dress, so Yoshimoto Bua created an ethereal yet modern beauty look. “I envisioned an eye that gave a bit of an edge and brought out Zoe’s beauty without overpowering it,” she says. “Zoe had the idea of an off-white on the lid, and it turned into a reverse cat eye.” Yoshimoto Bua mixed the lightest shade in Chanel’s Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow palette in Tissé Gabrielle with a little rosewater to paint a highlighted cat eye that stayed strong through the inner eye, then used the charcoal shade to line below the eye and connect with the highlight. Says the artist, “Working with Zoe is always an energized, creative collaboration.”
Kara’s Kit Essentials
This ’90s supermodel–inspired look was on every post-Globes Best of Beauty list in 2011, thanks to January Jones’ longtime makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin. “I wanted her makeup to be unapologetically glamorous,” says Goodwin, “So I amplified her brows and exaggerated her beauty mark.” Goodwin tempered these strong statements, including a glossy red lip—courtesy of Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Pirate—with restraint in the rest of the look. She used Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour in N. 40 to enhance Jones’ natural features and keep the face soft. Getting glamorous doesn’t mean Jones isn’t channeling her inner Betty Draper, however. “Without fail, she will always make me laugh on red carpet days by doing some kind of mundane task in her gown before walking out the door,” says Goodwin. “If I recall correctly, that year she took out the garbage on her way to the car!”
Rachel’s Kit Essentials
Kate Lee says she works fairly instinctually. As soon as she saw Keira Knightley’s navy dress for the New York premiere of Anna Karenina in 2012, she knew they could go a little stronger with her beauty look. “I wanted to do something a different than what you would expect,” recalls Lee, “so I opted for an elongating navy liner instead of the upward slanting cat eye. Going against every good girl’s rule to emphasize only one feature, she chased the vibrant doe eye with a glossy red—Chanel’s Rouge Allure Intense Lip Colour in Palpitante—applied casually, without lip liner. Inclement weather meant the red carpet was moved inside, but Lee was delighted with the resulting photographs of Knightley. “It’s rare to get such detailed and beautiful pictures of your work on the carpet,” she says.
Kate’s Kit Essentials
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Angela’s Kit Essentials
Actress Diane Kruger has a reputation for doing most of her own makeup for public appearances, a fact not lost on Fulvia Farolfi, who had the rare opportunity of prepping Kruger for the Met in 2013. “As a model, she worked with the best makeup artists in the world. If she sees someone or something that is not good enough, she will take that brush and use it herself! Thank god that’s never happened with me.” Kruger was wearing a black dress with blue embroidery, her hair pulled back casually and tinged with pink at the ends—a nod to the punk theme of the night. “I decided to do an elongated navy blue eye with some iridescence, without making it scary or unapproachable.” The goal of the night was to make Kruger feel comfortable—but also to have her make an entrance. “You need to at an event like this,” says Farolfi. “You can’t just be wallpaper!”
Fulvia’s Kit Essentials
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