The SAG Awards don’t excite me all that much. As Amelia said in her round-up of the best dressed, it’s the most self-congratulatory of the awards shows, being that its entire premise is actors awarding actors. Hollywood is nothing if not self-congratulatory, and I love it despite that, but the SAG Awards just tend to be a snoozefest. Regardless, come the morning after, I want to know what and who everyone was wearing, and I must know who had the best makeup of the night. This year, perhaps unexpectedly, it was Dianna Agron.
I am not, never have been, and never will be a fan of Glee, so I don’t know much about Dianna’s on-screen presence. What I do know is that girlfriend hit it out of the park on this beauty look. It was just flawless, girly and ethereal and demure without being too young or too safe. I rarely go a day without piling on a week’s worth of black eyeliner, and normally I have no love for sparkles, but I think I could make an exception for this face because it’s just so subtle and candlelit. Georgie Eisdell, Dianna’s makeup artist, described it as “a modern twist on old-Hollywood glamour,” but to me, it’s all lovely, naturally gorgeous fairy princess. Georgie used all Dior products on Dianna, which Glamour dished on yesterday, but there are plenty of alternatives out there that won’t break the bank. The best part is that it’s incredibly easy, almost foolproof, to replicate, and it looks amazing on everyone. I’ll show you which products to use and how to recreate this outstanding look.
- With the sparkles incorporated in this look, you’ll want to apply the eye makeup before putting anything on your skin so that potential shadow fallout won’t ruin your foundation. After your skincare routine, begin by grooming your brows. Use an eyebrow brush like Revlon Double Ended Eyebrow Brush ($5.99, drugstore.com) to shape, then sweep on a clear gel like Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara ($5.79, drugstore.com) to keep everything in place.
- Smooth on a small amount of an eyelid primer like Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer & Brightener ($9.99, drugstore.com) until absorbed.
- You’ll need a shimmery white or champagne-colored shadow, like Revlon Diamond Lust in Celestial Snow ($4.99, drugstore.com) and a light brown matte shade like Revlon Matte in Rich Sable ($4.99, drugstore.com). I recommend using separate shadow brushes like the ones in this Eco Tools eye set ($6.79, drugstore.com), not the small applicators typically included with shadows.
- Using a soft, medium-sized brush, sweep a light layer of the brown shadow onto the lid and up into the crease. Layer the shadow in the eye socket for definition, focusing on the outer corners, but be careful not to make it too dark. The brown shadow should be most visible at the crease and brow bone and should sheer out from there.
- Using a smaller, more tapered brush and a light hand, apply the shimmery pale shadow to the lid only from inner to outer corners, not extending past the crease of the lid. You can apply more than one layer, but be careful: the desired effect is angelic glowing-from-within, not off-duty figure skater.
- Using your smallest shadow or eyeliner brush, run the shimmery shadow across the lower lashline, focusing it on the inner part of the eye.
- Curl lashes and apply a thickening black mascara like Maybelline The Falsies in Black Drama ($6.59, drugstore.com). Wiggle the brush at the very base of the lashes before brushing upwards in a slight zig-zag motion for the thickest, most dramatic lashes. Layer as desired for intensity, but be careful not to overdo it so lashes don’t clump.
- Clean up any flakes or errant sparkles, then coat skin with a smoothing foundation primer, like Rimmel Fix & Perfect ($6.89, drugstore.com). Follow the primer with your foundation and concealing routine of choice.
- Apply a sheer layer of a matte bronzer like Physicians Formula Healthy Wear Pressed Bronzer ($14.95, drugstore.com). Sweep it very lightly across the forehead and chin and angled just below your cheekbones for definition. Don’t lay it on too thick or use a formula with any shimmer at all: both of these mishaps will send you straight into prom territory.
- Use a cream blush that’s more antique rose than pink, like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Sheerest Cream Blush in Flush ($8.95, drugstore.com) on the apples of your cheeks and at an angle just above where you’ve applied bronzer on your cheekbones, blending it into the contouring. It’s important to use a color that has more brown tones in it, because too-pink cheeks do not go well with this look.
- Swipe on a moisturizing pinky nude lipstick, like Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Born With It ($7.49, drugstore.com. If you like your lips to have more sheen, tap on a bit of a glossy balm like Nivea Lip Care A Kiss Of Shine ($3.29, drugstore.com). Et voila! There you have it — Dianna Agron’s stunning red carpet look, Carolina Herrera gown not included.