When planning the look for an event as fashionable as the annual Met Gala, Leslie Lopez says it all starts with the dress.
The makeup artist for Nars Cosmetics, who has worked with Sarah Jessica Parker for years, had plenty of inspiration in the star’s striking Oscar de la Renta gown.
“It’s always really about what she’s wearing,” Leslie tells us. “Her dress was so beautiful. I really wanted her to look very glamorous.”
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With that in mind, Leslie chatted with Sarah Jessica about playing up her blue eyes. She explains, “Her makeup look is a modern version of something we’d see from the 1950s…I created a very distinct shape for the eye that was popular during that era.”
After seeing her friend off, the celebrity makeup pro let HELLO! Online in on how we can replicate the stylish star’s look:
Starting with a bare face, Leslie had Sarah Jessica use moisturizer 10 to 15 minutes before the primping began. Next, she began applying foundation to even out her skin tone. When prepping for your own red carpet moment, Leslie recommends swiping a touch of primer or foundation on the eyelid to help create a base for a smoky eye that stays put.
Leslie put a modern twist on the classic black smoky eye by starting with navy eyeshadow. “I think almost anyone can use it,” she says of the flattering shade. “It gives you the same effect but it’s a little bit softer.”
She used a wet brush to apply the shadow on the eyelid, and a dry brush with the same colour to blend it along the crease. Using a dry brush makes it easy to elongate the shadow toward the outer corners of each eye. Next, Leslie used a light, shimmery shadow to highlight the area under Sarah Jessica’s brows. She kept the look soft by only using eyeliner along her waterline and curled Sarah Jessica’s lashes before applying mascara, with extra coats along the ends.
Leslie recommends brushing bronzer onto the cheeks, forehead and bridge of the nose for a red carpet-worthy glow. Next, use your fingers to blend illuminator onto the apples of the cheeks and collarbones if the dress allows. “That’s the icing on the cake,” she tells us.
When the eyes are the focus, keep lips looking natural by lightly lining them. Then reach for a creamy pink lipstick, which won’t compete with your eye makeup. Add a touch of shine by applying lip gloss to the centre of the lips.