Beauty Style Stealer: Mena Suvari

I assume I speak for many of us when I say that I couldn’t really care less about “American Reunion,” but I am very interested in Mena Suvari. She’s been so awesome for so long — she was subversive in Hollywood before being subversive in Hollywood was cooler than being cool in Hollywood. Does that make sense? No? Okay. Her film debut, 1997’s “Nowhere,” is in my opinion one of the most underrated dark teen films ever made, and then there was “American Beauty,” the amazingness of which goes without saying.

Mena doesn’t come around much anymore, which is why I’m always thrilled to see her on any red carpet anywhere. The dress she donned to yesterday’s “American Reunion” premiere was a bit of a miss, but her makeup and hair were flawless to the bottom line. This is a very low-key beauty look, yes, but the emphasis is in the way her eyes are contoured. This technique makes eyes look bigger, brighter, and more awake with very little effort. Even better, it’s incredibly quick and easy, even for the total makeup novice. I’ll teach you how to take a page out of Mena’s book, after the jump.

1. Begin by using a primer on the eyelid to keep makeup in place all day. I like Bare Escentuals Prime Time Eyelid Primer, which is $10 at Ulta.

2. Line the inside rim of the upper eyelid with a black kohl pencil. It’s important to use kohl and not just any black liner because kohl is made to be used on the inside of the eye without irritation. If you aren’t familiar with applying kohl, reach over with the opposite hand of the eye you’re lining and pull up on the eyelid, revealing the pinkish inner rim beneath the lashes, and rub the pencil there until it’s opaque. Focus the liner on the outer 3/4 of the eye, as black liner in the inner corners can make eyes look smaller. Try L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner, $8.95 on

3. Sweep a light beige, not white, shadow from the inner corner across the entire lid, following the natural curvature of the eye. The shadow can be matte or have shimmer, depending on what kind of finish you prefer. Build the shadow to near-opacity, so that it doesn’t look caked on, nor too sheer. Try L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Eye Shadow Single in Seashell, $4.79 on

4. Layer a medium brown shade into the crease and brow bone, blending it into the lighter shadow so the colors segue seamlessly. Again, focus on the outer 3/4 of the eye and blend outward for a softer, smokier shape. Try L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Eye Shadow Single in Deep Mocha, also $4.79 on

5. Mena is wearing false lashes, but if you’re not comfortable with them, the look can be recreated with tons and tons of black mascara. Place the brush at the very base of the lashes and wiggle upward for length and volume and repeat as necessary. I like L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Hydra Collagen Plumping Mascara in Blackest Black, $7.79 on

6. Lastly, groom your brows by brushing them up and outward into your desired shape. Fill in any sparse areas with a brow pencil in a shade as close as possible to your brow color. Use a bit of hair gel or Vaseline to keep them in place.