Makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell shares her skincare regimen for
Kate Mara’s elegant red carpet look.
Written By ERICA LOPEZ
This year’s Met Gala’s theme, Manus x Machina, was all about reconciling the relationship between fashion and technology, so makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell aimed to create a synergy of her own with Kate Mara’s beauty look. “I wanted the eyes to be strong, without overpowering the softness of the skin,” explains the Sisley-Paris artist. Mara wore an edgy, textural Paco Rabanne minidress, so Campbell-Olwell sought to balance it with the makeup, creating a wearable sapphire smoky eye and a glowy, natural-looking complexion (the artist’s specialty). To that end, she concentrated on skincare: “You can have great eye makeup, but if the skin looks flat, the look falls apart,” Campbell-Olwell explains. “Skincare is the most important step to maintaining a luminous and healthy complexion.”
Read on for Campbell-Olwell’s tutorial on how to re-create Mara’s flawless visage.
BY coleen campbell-olwell
I gave Kate a mini facial, starting with the Sisley Eye Contour Mask (one of my favorites) to reduce fine lines around the eyes. I left it on for ten minutes, then dabbed the excess with a tissue before applying concealer—which was hardly needed because this treatment is so effective.
I find that the more time I spend on skincare, the less makeup I’ll have to use later. I took my time and massaged the Sisley Flower Gel Mask into Kate’s skin for several minutes. The product is instantly hydrating, but it’s the massage that packs the punch. Firm, gentle strokes bring down any puffiness, reinvigorate blood flow, and create a serious radiance—plus, it feels nice!
Always use a moisturizer before foundation for the most luminous results. The Siseÿa L’Integral Cream creates a sort of cushion under makeup that makes the skin look completely smooth and prevents the foundation from slipping throughout the evening.
Taking time on Kate’s skincare meant she would look radiant without using any extra highlighters. With the canvas prepped, I applied the Sisley Phyto-Teint Expert Foundation in Soft Beige using a dampened beautyblender to achieve an even tone and emphasize her flawlessness.
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