Wednesday 23 October 2019

Make-up Muse: Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart. Photo: Getty Images
Kristen Stewart. Photo: Getty Images
Clairns barocco face powder

Sinead Van Kampen

Ruby red lips, dark smokey eyes and a lifted hairdo meant Kristen Stewart dazzled on the carpet for the screening of her latest movie, Welcome To The Rileys. A world away from the grounded lo-fi of Adventureland and the teen gothic glamour of Twilight, Kristen's new look is much more lifted, much more refined and a lot less grunge than we're used to.

Blessed with a perfect but pale complexion Kristen keeps the base natural and the details well defined. As the contrast between the eyes and lips are really what does the work here the effect is calm and sophisticated without being too cold or flat. If you're going to steal this one, start with a foundation close to your natural colouring and use as sparingly as you dare.

For minor imperfections Estee Lauder's Touche Eclat highlighter pen and a dab of concealer will cover where you need it most. A touch of subtle sparkle can be added with a flush of illuminating powder like Barocco Face Palette by Clarins. For paler complexions illuminators work perfectly where blusher often fails. Applied carefully and in one light sweep, it can dazzle whilst being subtle, but if over applied the threat of looking like a disco ball is a very real one!

Beginning with eyes, even out skin tone from lash line to brow bone with a neutral shade like MAC's Shroom and add a grey or navy like Rimmel's Glam 'Eyes Mono Eye Shadow in Enchantment from the lash line to just above the crease.

To finish blend shadow below the lash line and up to the eye corner and finish with a slight smudge. A less than steady hand is perfect for creating that rugged finish and as a final touch, a slick of separating mascara like La Roche-Posay's Respectissime Densifying Mascara will complete the eyes perfectly.

As this is much more of a red carpet look than we're used to from Kristen her sharp ruby lips are the real touch that brings out the glamour. Applying lip liner like Chanel's Precision Lip Definer in Nude will keep colour from bleeding and lips super sharp and as is always the case with the colour red, brush applying the shade that suits you best is better than anything anyone else can recommend.

The hair is lifted enough but not too much and though you wouldn't know from the photos we are reliably informed the nail polish is jet black and very, very matte. As refined as it is you can take the girl out of Twilight but not the Twilight out of the girl? We love this look !

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