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Leighton Meester's Makeup

How-To: Leighton Meester's Cool-Toned Makeup


On Sunday, actress Leighton Meester attended the Henri Bendel and YSL Beaute celebration of Gossip Girl, season 2. Leighton keeps her look in the purple color family — and I can't help but love how her light lilac eyeshadow and soft magenta lips complement the color of her dress. The addition of a sun-kissed bronzer and a small burst of turquoise in her earrings complete this cool-toned look.

For a complete how-to, check out my suggestions below:

  • FACE: Keep the foundation light and illuminating with a tinted moisturizer such as Stila's Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer ($32). To play up the bright-eye area, try a highlighter like Smashbox's Photo Op Under Eye Brightener ($18).
  • CHEEKS: To achieve a rosy-bronzed look, try a bronzing duo. Use the brown shade to create depth on the cheeks, forehead, and above the brows; and the rosy pink shade on top to create a fresh flush. Try Laura Mercier's Bronzing Duo ($32) in Pink Bronze.
  • EYES: For your liner, try a rich chocolate brown like CoverGirl's Brow & Eye Makers Brow Shaper and Eyeliner ($3) in Midnight Brown. Lightly line the entire lower lash line. For the top lash line, only line the outer corners, keeping the inner corners free for the application of shadow. For the shadows, I like Vincent Longo's Eyeshadow Trio — One, Two, Three ($30) in Autumn Rhythm, which comes with three shades: pinkish lavender, warm lavender, and warm eggplant purple. Sweep the lightest shade of lavender on your lids. Next, blend the deeper shades together in the crease area, concentrating on the outer lids for depth.
  • LIPS: For glossy lips with a light magenta pink tone, try Shiseido's The Makeup Automatic Lip Crayon ($22) in LC10.

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