After what feels like eons of vampires, aliens, and other scary creatures, we've been itching for a good chick flick. Well, the wait is over, thanks to When in Rome in which Kristen Bell plays Beth, an ambitious New Yorker who's had it with dating. And like the lead actress in all good romantic comedies, Kristen Bell's makeup looks natural yet stunning. Here, the film's head makeup artist, Lori Hicks, tells us which products she used on set and shares some of her best insider makeup tips.
What was your inspiration for Kristen Bell's makeup look?
"Since her character is a no-nonsense career woman, the challenge was to make her look less Hollywood glam and more like a New York City sophisticate. So we kept the makeup clean and natural for most of the film. However, when she goes to Rome for her sister's wedding, her look gets a bit sexier, with flushed cheeks and smokier eyes."
Which products and techniques did you use to make her skin look flawless and radiant?
"First, I always prep the skin with a good moisturizer like La Mer, then I apply a sheer foundation. I prefer to work with lightweight formulas because they even out the skin without completely covering it up. On Kristen I also used MAC Mineralize powder with a small tapered brush to conceal any imperfections. As for her cheeks, Kristen and I are both fans of Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush."
What is she wearing on her eyes?
"I wanted her eyes to look big, but without applying lots of heavy makeup. I mainly used Nars Duo Eye Shadow in All About Eve, a shimmery neutral palette with a few coats of black mascara."
What lip color did you use?
"LipFusion Color Shine, which is a plumping formula, in Sugar, a sheer mauve shade. I also used By Terry Lip Baume de Rose, a rose-scented multipurpose balm to keep lips hydrated and add shine."
Is there a "superhero" product that you absolutely love?
"Face Stockholm has a loose pink powder that looks really vibrant in the container, but when you dust it over the cheeks it brightens up the skin and creates a pretty flush."
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