Bright lips and white eye shadow are two very intimidating trends that proved ever popular on spring’s runways last September. And sure, not everything’s meant for real life interpretation, but Michelle Dockery’s look, at an event in Los Angeles, proves that anyone can pull these off with just a few tricks and the right shades. We grilled the Downton Abbey star’s glam team—makeup artist Jordan Bree Long and hairstylist Sascha Breuer—for their secrets.
Skincare’s the first step to any great look, so try a de-puffing, dark circle-minimizing eye roller or cream. Long used La Mer’s The Eye Concentrate ($185), then the brand’s The Moisturizing Soft Cream ($155) for a hit of moisture pre-makeup.
Try Long’s trick for undetectable foundation, even in bright light: she applied Armani’s Maestro Foundation ($64) with a foundation brush, then pressed it into Dockery’s skin with a sponge sprayed with toner. “It helps the foundation to blend into the skin better,” Long says.
Long used Beautyblender’s Sponge ($20) and Amorepacific’s Time Response Skin Renewal Toner ($180).
For a flawless, natural-looking flush, Long dabbed Chanel’s Le Blush Crème de Chanel ($38) in Revelation onto the apples of Dockery’s cheeks, then blended with the same beautyBlender. “This will give you a sheer tint,” Long says.
Groomed, perfectly-defined brows help frame your face and make you look more put together. Long brushed Dockery’s arches in place, filled them in with Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Duo Brow Powder ($23), and locked them in place with Maybelline’s Great Lash Clear Mascara ($5). (Try a stronger brow gel if your arches are unruly.)
The best part about using light shadow? It makes your lashes seriously pop. Long used the palest shade from Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Cocoa Mirage ($78), or try Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadow ($13) in No. 75 Sandcastle.
The trick to making such pale shadow work? Define the lashline. Long reached for Loreal Paris’ Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner ?($8) in Black . “It has such a fine tip that you can apply the thinnest line to plump up the top lashes, without making it look liner,” she says. “And it’s great for day because it dries matte!”
No need to go overboard with mascara! A single coat of Dior’s Diorshow Mascara ?($25) in Black will do.
Sure orange was the big color story for spring, but it’s not for everyone. Choose the bright that best suits you and try something with a sheen this season, instead of last spring’s ubiquitous matte. “This formula is incredibly creamy and stays on really well,” Long says about Armani’s Lip Maestro ($33) in Red Fuschia. “Plus, it won’t make your lips dry.”
To create texture, but still have a polished finish, Breuer sprayed Dockery’s wet roots with Davines’ This Is A Sea Salt Spray ($27), then blow-dried with a large round brush to create “loose volume.”
Next, Breuer wrapped small sections of Dockery’s hair around a one-inch curling iron. The trick to making barrel curls look young and fresh? Alternate directions: “If you curl all your hair in the same direction you’ll get a ‘40s look,” Breuer says. “This is more modern, and the hair looks fuller because the curls are pressing on each other, making more volume.”
Try Hot Tools Professional Spring 1 Inch Curling Iron ($32).
To lock your style in place, but not disrupt the curls, try Breuer’s tip. “Tilt your head to the side to fan out your hair, then spray with hairspray from underneath,” he says. Repeat on the other side, and voila!
Try Pantene Pro-V’s Fine Hair Style Lasting Volume Hairspray ($5).