Cara Delevingne Was the Definition of a Golden Goddess—and Wore $5 Eye Shadow

Updated 09/14/18
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It's not out of character for model Cara Delevingne to debut a showstopping beauty look on the red carpet. She's already done it more times than we can count. While our office is usually abuzz with news of a recent hair change (from shaving to bleaching, she's done it all), this week we can't stop obsessing over her glamorously gilded makeup look. Which did, naturally, accompany her newest strand MO—piecey, sunkissed, glossy, and discreetly tousled for a super-chic finish.

But back to that makeup: golden, glittering, and courtesy of celebrity makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan, who routinely drapes stars like Lucy Hale, Kelsea Ballerini, and Millie Bobby Brown in similar smoldering shadow looks. We think of it as her signature. What we love so much about Delevingne's look, however, is how perfect it feels for this time of year. The turn of the season, cool temperatures, and the onset of all things warm, cozy, and reminiscent of a crackling fire. Thankfully, Deenihan took to her Instagram Stories yesterday to document every product she used to prep, create, and maintain the gilded sheen of Delevingne's statuesque aesthetic.

Intrigued? Keep scrolling for the full product breakdown. 

Tatcha The Silk Cream $120
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A thirst-quenching miracle for every skin type, this cult-favorite cream is beloved by makeup artists for a reason. Not surprisingly, Deenihan used it as the first step in prepping Delevigne's face pre-makeup. 

Skyn Iceland Hyrdro Cool Firming Eye Gels $30
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For an extra shot of cooling and de-puffing prowess, she also applied these fan-favorite eye gels from Skyn Iceland. As a personal aside, I sleep in these weekly and swear they are sent from the heavens.

Extra rich cream foundation
Suqqu Extra Rich Cream Foundation $71
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To cover her bases (literally), Deenihan opted for this under-the-radar foundation as the first step in the makeup process. If you're unfamiliar, this formula features 12 different plant-derived ingredients which ensure a durable glow. 

Avon True Color Transforming Contour Stick $11
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True, the model already has sky-high cheekbones, but to create some extra dimension, Deenihan used this ultra-affordable, dual-sided contour stick from Avon. Yep, you can have Cara's model-esque profile for just $11. 

Cellular Radiance Cream Blush - Plum Glow
La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Peach Glow $70
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Byrdie's managing editor, Lindsey Metrus, swears this splurge-worthy blush from La Prairie emulates the same fabulous flush she gets post-workout. Apparently, Deenihan is also a fan, as she used the shade Peach Glow on Delevingne. 

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder $38
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Another cult favorite, this beloved translucent setting powder was key for red carpet endurance. 

Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil $29
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To fill those iconic brows, Deenihan says she went with Dior's trademark brow filler, which always provides the most natural and feathery finish. Equally brow-blessed, Lucy Hale has cited it as one of her makeup must-haves as well.

Avon True Color Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Quad in Chocolate Sensation $5
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"This eye shadow was winged out in an elongated shape and smudged under the lashline," Deenihan explains in her post. 

Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Champagne $26
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Next, she applied this shimmering shadow in Champagne to the center of the model's lid and inner corners of the eye "to add reflective dimension." Who doesn't want that?

Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
Avon True Color Glimmersticks Eye Liner $3
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Opting for brown, not black, liner, Deenihan skillfully lined Delevingne's bottom lash line with this ultra-precise $3 liner from Avon. 

Nars Climax Mascara $24
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Our editors are obsessed with this new lash debut from Nars and we think the formula did Delevingne's lashes justice as well. Deenihan used it as the last and final step on the model's shimmery eye look. 

Tom Ford Lip Color - Sweet Mystery
Tom Ford Lip Color in Naked Ambition $53
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The lip look was minimal—nude and glossy. This lippie from Tom Ford serves as the ultimate neutral base. 

Lip Lustre Luxe Color-Lasting Lip Lacquer - High Society
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre Luxe Color-Lasting Lip Lacquer in Blondie $22
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Last but not least, that gloss! Fittingly, Deenihan coated Delevingne's pout with an ample dose of lacquer in Blondie.

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