Would you wear an all gold makeup look? One glance at Eva Longoria’s latest red carpet look and you’ll be sold. Celebrity makeup artist Elan Bongiorno filled us in on why this “modern monochromatic look” works. “I wanted it monochromatic in colour, but with all of her features defined—I wanted everything to pop,” Bongiorno says. She also clued us in on how to recreate Longoria’s gilded look.
First, prep your skin with a light-diffusing primer then even out your skin tone with a luminous foundation. To create shape on your face, Bongiorno says to contour your cheekbones and jawline with a matte bronzer, making sure to blend the colour down your neck for a seamless finish. Next, use circular motions to apply an illuminating blush in a soft warm colour (like the Visible Lift Colour Lift Blush ($13) in Peach Gold from L’Oréal that Bongiorno used) on just the apples of the cheeks. But for the real glow factor, finish it off by dusting L’Oréal’s True Match Naturale All-Over Mineral Glow ($16) in Nude Glow across your cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose.
For the eyes, Bongiorno stuck with the gold theme, but worked in darker shades of bronze and black for definition. Using an eye shadow quad like L’Oréal’s Colour Riche Dual Effects ($10) in Treasured Bronze, Bongiorno says to start by applying the lightest shade as a highlight to your brow bones and the inner corners of your eyes. Use a medium brown shade to contour your crease, and then Bongiorno likes to pop the bronze in the center of the eyelid and carry that shimmer down to the lower lid (like she did to get Longoria’s eyes to sparkle). Use a black liquid eyeliner with a fine tip to define your eyes. Then, Bongiorno says to go over the liner with the darkest brown in your eye shadow quad to soften and warm up the black.
To get Longoria’s golden nude lip, Bongiorno only used lip liner and a touch of gloss. “Use a nude lip liner to get definition without too much colour,” Bongiorno says. Then, top it off with a shimmery nude lip gloss. Just avoid true nudes—try one that’s warm in tone instead, like the slightly coral shade Bongiorno chose for Longoria.
Would you try a monochromatic makeup look?