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VIOLET LOOK:

LÉA SEYDOUX

 MET GALA

Makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen explains how to perfect Léa Seydoux’s
bold lip.

Written ByJAYME CYK

After working with Léa Seydoux on multiple occasions (he toured with her for the Spectre premiere), makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen knows that the French actress is all about collaboration. So when he arrived at her hotel room in New York before the Met Gala and Seydoux suggested a striking brown lip, he got to work. “I took a look at the dress and I felt like her makeup needed to be simple, yet still have a little bit of an edge,” explains VanLeeuwen. “The theme of the night, the beautiful Louis Vuitton outfit, and how Léa was feeling—that all inspired the look.” Read on for VanLeeuwen’s tutorial on how to achieve Seydoux’s smooth visage and bold pout.

LÉA
SEYDOUX

BY MATTHEW VANLEEUWEN

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I used Nars Matte Foundation in Alaska on the complexion and stippled the darker St. Moritz shade around the frame of the face to enhance her bone structure. Next I added concealer over the eyelids so that they appeared bright and smooth.

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To define the apples of the cheeks, I applied Nars Duo Intensity Blush in Sexual Content, swirling the shades together for a really beautiful soft peachy pink and sweeping it in an upward motion. Next, I shaded the temples and the hollows of the cheeks just slightly with the Laguna Bronzer for a little more dimension.

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The lips were the main focus of the entire look. I lined and filled them in with the Velvet Lip Liner in Lanikai, then applied the brown Satin Lip Pencil in Het Loo and layered it with the Hyde Park Crayon to make the most amazing bold shade.

MEET THE
ARTIST

matthew vanleeuwen

ARTIST STATS

Name: Matthew VanLeeuwen
Known For: Radiant skin and ethereal eyes
Where to Find Him: Los Angeles
Clients: Léa Seydoux, Natalie Dormer

Years in the Industry: 24
Instagram: @makeupmatthew
Beauty Essential: Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer in Beige Clair
Agent: Noelle Keshishian @ Starworks

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