In case you were wondering what Bryce Dallas Howard has been up to since the 2011 hits The Help and Twilight: Breaking Dawn, here’s the answer: a lot. Not least of which was filming one of the most anticipated films since our first introduction to the world of Jurassic Park: Jurassic World. The Titian-haired actress starred opposite Chris Pratt in the 2015 summer blockbuster, and we were invited to go behind the scenes to get ready with her for the Los Angeles premiere. Warning: If you’re still operating under the outdated notion that redheads can’t wear red lipstick, you’re about to be proven very, very wrong. Keep scrolling to see how Howard got ready for the big event.
Howard arrived at the hotel in Citizens of Humanity jeans, an Alice and Olivia top and blazer, Saint Laurent pumps, and a J.Crew tote. “I've been on tour and doing press for Jurassic for about three weeks and have been lucky enough to have [makeup artist] Kara and [hairstylist] Adir along for the ride,” Howard tells us. “It makes me feel so inspired to walk into a room and get ready with them because they are true artists!”
Makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua got to work, creating a smooth, even canvas using Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($50) in 10 Beige and 30 Beige.
“I wanted to give dimension to her skin by blending a light wash of the foundation as a contour under her cheekbones and jawline, to allow her natural pale luminosity to pop,” Bua explains.
For Howard’s eyes, it was all about accentuating their sultry almond shape. “I lined her upper lid along the outer third of her lash line with dark brown liner, then softly defined the lash line and crease with a soft sand tone,” Bua says. Then, she finished the look with a dab of shimmery gold—from Chanel’s Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow ($62) in Vendome—right on the center of each lid to add dimension.
And finally, we get to the focus of this dramatic look: the dark red lip. “I was really inspired by the deep indigo of Bryce’s dress,” Bua says. “I chose a complementary deep maroon lipstick color in the deepest tone to add a modern edge to the whole look, to contrast her beautiful pale skin.” Bua tried an array of different shades before settling in on the winner…
The vampy, deep red lipstick Bua settled on? That would be Chanel’s Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour ($38) in Etienne, which Bua applied with a lip brush for a long-lasting effect. “At home, you can try different lipstick shades on the back of your hand and hold it up to your face to decide which one is your favorite,” she says. “I also tested laying the lipstick on top of the liner this way, too.” To keep the lip softly defined and prevent feathering throughout the night, Bua used a concealer brush dipped in a bit of foundation to clean up around the edges—she calls it her “eraser.”
Meanwhile, celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel was busy styling Howard’s hair into a “high-fashion, sleek, and modern ponytail.”
“I loved the sheen and architectural lines of Bryce’s dress,” he says. “I mirrored that in the hair by creating a styling that had a high-gloss finish, accented with a strong deep side part.” Howard went on a shopping trip to Neiman’s with her publicist, Alex Schack (“She has a great eye for fashion!” says Howard), and immediately fell in love with an elegantly cut navy Pucci number. “It was the first one I put on, and immediately it became the hero,” she says. “I love how I feel covered up and exposed all at once.”
After towel-drying her hair, Abergel created a deep side part starting at the highest arch of her brow. He added Moroccanoil’s Treatment ($44) through her strands, then smoothed a quarter-size dollop of the brand’s Styling Gel ($20) and applied it to her bang area. Then, the blow-drying began, he used Denman’s Classic Brush ($16) to ensure her hair dried sleek and smooth.
After Howard’s hair was completely dry, Abergel flat ironed her ends for a super-straight finish, then brushed her hair into a low pony, leaving her front bangs out. After securing the pony, he brushed her bangs back to meld with the ponytail, then finished with a spritz of Moroccanoil’s Luminous Hairspray ($24). “The overall look was polished and edgy,” he says.
Then, it was off to the premiere!
The final stunning look.