Sunday night’s Emmy Awards gave us a seasonally mixed beauty bag — summery bright lips and dark sultry eyes cropped up in equal abundance, while makeup stalwarts like matte red lips and high-density lashes seemed to take a backseat to more innovative looks. As runway beauty becomes more dramatic and daring, Hollywood follows suit — even Julianne Hough, who is so conventionally blonde and beautiful, went for the ultimate risk by chopping off her long locks earlier this year.
The actress and dancer channeled the Belle Époque on Sunday (she described her look on Twitter as “Midnight In Paris” meets Grace Kelly), wearing her cropped hair in a helmet of pincurls, but I just loved her makeup. Impeccably sculpted brows, soft, smoky bronze shadow, and a rosy blush worn low on the cheeks made Julianne look like she could’ve stepped right out of the 1900s, but she’d be equally at home in 1925 or, well, 2012 — in fact, her makeup artist Molly Stern wanted the look to evoke “a black-and-white photograph come to life.” It’s the rare vintage-inspired face that doesn’t look dated, and with no harsh lines or bright colors, it transitions ever-so-smoothly from the office to the speakeasy (or the club, if that’s how you roll). Conveniently, it’s also festive enough to see you through the season and beyond, well into holiday parties and until the last snow fall. Bottom line: you want, nay, need to steal this look.
- Prep your canvas. The most important step, of course! There’s no makeup that can make you look great if your skin isn’t well-moisturized and primed, and while we may not all have access to Julianne’s luxury skincare and facialists, there are plenty of products that can mimic a similar glow. Start by moisturizing with an oil rather than a cream — yes, this applies even (and especially!) to oily and acne-prone skin types. As long as you’re using the right type of oil, it won’t clog your pores; in fact, it can help to unclog them, and the naturally radiant finish is unrivaled. Stern used Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil on Julianne, which I haven’t tried, but we love Josie Maran Argan Oil for a similar result. Any foundation primer works, I happen to be obsessed with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer right now. It’s the best at keeping greasies at bay.
- Lay down your base. You can use whichever formula you prefer for whatever coverage you need — tinted moisturizer, BB cream, foundation, even just concealer if you have great skin and don’t need a full base. Julianne’s skin looks really fresh, so you’ll want to use as little product and as little coverage as possible to get the job done while still perfecting your face. For super-light perfecting coverage, I’m all about Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer; for medium coverage, I like Armani Face Fabric. For busting out the big guns while preserving that dewy finish, Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream is my go-to. Spot conceal any blemishes and dark circles and what have you.
- Start with the eyes. There isn’t much eyeliner involved in this look, but you’ll want to use a little bit just to define the area since the rest of the eye is so soft. Using a black gel liner (I like Clinique even for the most super-sensitive of eyes) and a tiny tapered liner brush, use your opposite hand to lift the eyelid and line the upper waterline. It sounds infinitely more difficult than it is — use small strokes and, again, the tiniest of brushes for the easiest method of application. There should be no liner on the lid, only in the waterline to create that defined look and give the illusion of a thicker lash line. The rest is simple: just smooth a bronze cream shadow (Stern mixed Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in Shimmering Bronze and Slate) over the lid, blending up toward the brow bone and out just slightly in the suggestion of a wing. You can use a brush or your fingers for the shadow, but I recommend using a small shadow brush to apply it to the lower lashline, smoking out just beneath the eye and concentrating on the outer corners. Curl lashes and use just a touch of mascara in black or dark brown; this is not a lash-heavy look.
- Finish the face. Saturate a fluffy blush brush in a deep rosy nude powder formula — Stern used Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed (which also happens to be my personal go-to). Angle the tip of the brush to hit the hollows just below cheekbones and pull diagonally toward the temples, then go back to add color on the apples of cheeks. You can powder the T-zone if you like a matte look or if you have particularly oily skin, but skip the cheeks to keep them glowing. Apply a matte lipstick in a dark, rosy nude similar to the one on cheeks; Stern used Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Pure over Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint in Exposed to deepen the color and add dimension.
And there you go! You’re Julianne Hough. Minus the billionaire boyfriend, of course, but close enough, right?