Friday, February 22, 2013

Makeup Tutorial: How To Steal Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Carpet Look

We all know Oscar Nominee Jennifer Lawrence knows how to rock a red carpet since she transformed every red carpet into a runway  during her Hunger Games media tour.  She has not disappointed this award season especially considering that for most of the season Jennifer (yes, we’re obviously on a first name basis) should have been in bed or in the hospital rather than strutting her stuff on the red carpet since she was plagued with illness for most of the award shows.  You would never know she even had a sniffle based on her photos — every look was classic and flawless.  Obviously the only way to pay true homage to The Girl on Fire leading up to her big night is to recreate one of her best red carpet looks.  I chose her SAG Awards look:

First I want to introduce and thank our lovely model, Maghan McDowell, a vey talented writer who currently covers Style and Living for the San Francisco Chronicle. She was very patient with my non-makeup artist methods and didn’t bat an eyelash when I had to clean up the side of her face because I had managed to drag coral makeup (don’t ask; I was experimenting) all over her cheek and chin.

Get the Look


1. Make sure you’ve gone through your entire red carpet skin regimen (cleansing, exfoliating, masking, toning, serums, good moisturizer, etc.) to ensure your makeup goes on evenly and your skin glows. As I’ve said a trillion times, my favorite red carpet-ready mask is Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask  ($88) which leaves your skin smooth, hydrated and looking air brushed (the air brushed effect lasts for about 6 hours).

2. You know what I’m going to say… Don’t event think about applying foundation without starting with primer!  A good primer is going to make your skin a smooth canvas, filling in any fine lines and enlarged pores, making your makeup last all night.  Try applying Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer ($30) all over your face and then use  Tarte Clean Slate 360 Creaseless 12-Hr Smoothing Eye Primer ($19) on your upper eye area.

3. Apply a creamy foundation like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($45), which provides more buildable coverage than the original liquid formula and blended seamlessly with Maghan’s skin.

4. Camouflage dark circles and/or puffiness by using your fingertips or a concealer brush to pat in a creamy liquid medium-coverage concealer like Fresh Umbrian Clay Absolute Concealer ($22).

5. To conceal any blemishes and/or broken capillaries bring out the big guns and apply Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer ($70) sparingly by patting on with your fingertip or with a concealer brush.


1. Cover the entire upper eye area with a neutral powder eye shadow like Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow Ivory  ($21).

2. Use a matte beige eye shadow like Naked 2 from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($27) to cover just the lid (up to the crease).

3. Then use a crease brush to apply a matte brown or taupe eye shadow (you’re going for a natural contour look here) like Buck from Urban Decay Naked Palette ($50) in and right above your crease (this will make this area look less puffy).

4. Sweep a highlighting eye shadow like Virgin from Urban Decay Naked Palette ($50) right below your brow bone and at the inner corner of your eyes to really make them sparkle (especially in flash photos).

4. Now for the drama! Using a slanted eyeliner brush, apply a black gel eyeliner like MAC Fluidline Blacktrack ($16) starting in a thin line at the inner upper lash line and making the line thicker once you get past the eyeball (so outer 1/3 of your lash line). Then with a light swooping action flick the brush from the top outer edge of your line upwards towards the outer corner of your eyebrow (use the photos in this post as a guide).

5. To make sure your winged eye stands out and lasts all night long, go over the gel liner with a black liquid liner like MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liner Black  ($23).

6.  Fill in your eyebrows with an eye pencil or brow gel or mousse like Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse ($28) and brush brows upwards.

Contour and Blush:

1. To subtly contour (the operative word here being subtle.  Too much contouring can go very bad very quickly) your face, apply a matte bronzer like Smashbox Bronze Lights Suntan Matte ($29) in the hollows of your cheeks (from where your teeth start up to your ears) with a medium size brush (slanted or domed) in small sweeping motions, and then continue contouring towards your temples, along your hairline and along your jawline.  If the end result makes you look like you got in a mud fight, blend out and diffuse the powder with a sponge.

2. To get Jennifer’s dewey “I was just outside in the cold” flushed cheeks, with a light tapping motion use your fingertips to apply Tarte Cheek Stain in Blissful ($30) on the apples of your cheeks and work upwards towards your temples.


1. Prep lips by exfoliating with your toothbrush or a sugar scrub like sara happ ‘The Lip Scrub’ Blood Orange Lip Exfoliator ($24).

2. Trace the outline of your lips with a waterproof long-lasting lip liner that matches your lipstick color like SEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Waterproof Lip Liner in Deep Red ($12)

3. To get Jennifer’s fire engine red bombshell lip try a hydrated yet deeply pigment lipstick like Dolce & Gabbana Monica Voluptuous Lipstick Magnetic Monica ($32) applying a coat with a lip brush, blotting, and then applying a second coat.

Voila!  You’re red carpet ready!!

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2 Responses to “Makeup Tutorial: How To Steal Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Carpet Look”

  1. February 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm, Angela said:

    wow gorgeous girl and beautiful make up job. Thanks for turning me onto Tarte primer I got a sample pack of three from Sephora and my favorite is the brightening Tarte primer.
    Thank you Janna for all your helpful hints and real talk!


  2. February 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm, janna said:

    Awww…. Thanks Angela!! It was a fun post and I’m glad you’re loving the Tarte primers!


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