There are few girls who can incite instant envy quite likeBlake Lively. The fashion world practically imploded every time she stepped onto a red carpet in Cannes this past week, and when she showed up at theMet Galaearlier this month in a gorgeous nude Gucci dress, we all took note: Blake is back.
And now that she’s in front of the cameras yet again, it’s high time we got some answers to the very important questions: What makes her skin look like that? What’s her eyeliner secret? How come her lips are always the right shade of perfect, peachy pink?
To help us decode the mystery that is Blake Lively’s beauty, we consulted the star’s longtime makeup artist, Elaine Offers, who broke down her technique for us below.
The Face:“The night of the Met Gala, I prepped Blake’s skin with a couple drops ofOlie Biologique oil, and then followed with someSircuit Secret Sauce Moisturizer. Afterwards, I used a tiny cream blending brush to buff a liquid foundation into her skin. Blake is known for her summer glow, so for most red carpet appearances, I’ll add a bronzer. NARS’s in Casino is great to bump up a tan, but I always follow up with a touch of L’Oréal pink blush for balance. After the complexion is completed, I’ll finish with Mally Poreless Face Defender so she stays shine-free. It’s made without powder, sets clear, minimizes pores, and completely mattifies. I love it.”
The Eyes:“I always prime the eyelid using L’Oréal’s base so Blake’s shadows will last all night. I usually build her smoky eye just using a pencil! I start from the waterline, then elongate the eye upwards in an angular shape, sketching the whole time with the kohl. I blend it as I go, but I’m very generous with the application. The idea is to treat traditional eyeliner like a cream shadow. L’Oréal’s kohl’s are soft and blendable, so they’re easy to work with, but once they set, they’re budge-proof. Then, you can layer your shadows of choice. At the Met Gala, I used NARS’s cream shadows on the lid, and then under the lower lash line for depth and dimension. I often like to rim Blake’s waterline, usually with Urban Decay’s pencils in light gold or a soft twinkling beige. But sometimes, dark colors really make a statement on her! Then, of course, you curl the lashes and apply your mascara. I always finish by defining the brows using Kevyn Aucoin’s pencil in Warm Blonde.”
The Lips:“Blake loves a glossy lip, and I prefer to use nude products that have a little bit of warmth. For her complexion, I like subtle peach and pink undertones because they make the lips neutral and healthy looking. Nude on its own can make you look washed out! Some of my favorites are NARS in Tasmania and Belize, Chantecaille in Charm, Kevyn Aucoin in Dahliana, and Tom Ford in Tawny Pink. At the Met, we went for a totally different look: matte and red! I actually just used NARS Lip Liner Pencil in Salsa that night.”