In lieu of a Gossip Girl Beauty Quiz this week, I've brought you an uptown makeup look. Lots of you have been writing in asking about Blake Lively's (aka Serena van der Woodsen's) makeup and how she always manages to look so polished yet edgy.
So here's the breakdown of her fair Winter makeup from the Chanel Nuit de Diamants Party last night. For all the dirty details on how to get this chic face, cheeks, eye, and lip look at home, read more
- FACE Blake's skin is absolutely flawless for this look. Start by applying a little bit of cream foundation (such as La Mer Treatment Crème Foundation SPF 15 in Ivory) with a foundation brush and blend well. Next, apply a little bit of concealer on top of any remaining redness. Then use an eye brightening pen on the outer corners of eyes and undereyes, and blend well. As a finishing touch, dust some Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder all over the face.
- CHEEKS Her cheeks have a hint of subtle color to add some warmth to her skin. I suggest trying a product like DuWop Blushbooster in Watermelon. Apply it to the apples of the cheeks and lightly blend it along the natural line of the cheekbones. It also has a little bit of shimmer, which really helps add dimension to matte skin.
- EYES The most important part of this entire look is creating a strong brow to help frame the face. As you can see, Blake's brows are filled in and defined without looking too heavy. This is because she has chosen a pale brown/warm blonde shade. I love Physician's Formula 3-in-1 Brow Tweez in Light Brown because it's got a great blending brush on the end of it.
For the lids, blend an ivory shadow such as Smashbox Single Eye Shadow in Filter all over the lid. Next, take another light brown shadow such as La Bella Donna Compressed Mineral Eye Shadow in Cafè Au Lait and blend it ever so slightly in the crease. Line your upper and lower lashes with a creamy brown eyeliner pencil, and on your lower lashes, apply some of the liner on the inner rim of your eye. Top with two coats of black mascara. As a finishing touch, take a liner brush and dip it into a silver or white iridescent shadow such as Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Polyester Bride and dot in along the "inner v" of your eyes for a little touch of twinkle!
- LIPS Blake almost always wears a bright pink or coral high-shine lip gloss shade to showcase her pearly whites, but here it looks like she's wearing a creamy and glossy lipstick. Try a coral color like Flip Sheer Glow from Senna Cosmetics and keep reapplying throughout the evening to keep your makeup looking fresh.