Oh man. I’m just leaving Jennifer Lawrence’s house, and I can’t believe what just happened. We were in Jennifer’s bathroom. She was talking to a friend of hers who was in there, she had just had her first cup of coffee, and she was superanimated. I was putting on false lashes and I had to keep stopping—at one point, I reattached the same lash twice because Jennifer was moving around so much. I asked her to hold still, she did, I attached the individual lash, and then she started moving. So what happened? The eyelash WITH THE GLUE ATTACHED TO IT fell into her eye. And we couldn’t find it! She was trying to find it, I was poking around, and the poor thing, her eyes started tearing up. Finally, I got out this giant M.A.C. cotton swab and found the lash, which had basically attached itself to the top of her eyeball. I got it out, but it was scary. That was probably my worst moment as a makeup artist.
But she was great, and said you always look better after a good cry. Jennifer was also really nice about saying it was all her fault for moving around so much. After that, she held very still! Whew. Anyway, about the look….
Since the dress made such a big statement, we decided to keep the makeup pretty simple. I worked backward. Normally, I would do the eyes and finish with the mascara, so the powder doesn’t fall on the lashes, but I did the opposite. I did her lashes first to see how much more shadow and liner we would even need. I am a big mixer, so I basically mixed a bunch of shadows—gray, taupe, teal—and kept layering them until it was right. I added a little iridescent cream on her lower lash line and in the middle of her upper lids. We wanted to make her skin clean and glow-y and use minimal makeup, nothing overly bronzed or tan. When we were finishing up, I put clear lip balm on her lips, and everyone in the bathroom was like, “Wow, that looks great.” Jennifer has very beautiful lips naturally, and I decided that I didn’t want to change the color. But if you do nothing at all, you usually regret that once you see the pictures, so I added a light Dior gloss with very faint pink tint. That was it. She looked gorgeous. And you couldn’t even tell she had an eyelash glued to her eyeball only a few hours before!
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