With porcelain skin and an unmistakable natural beauty, Deborah Ann Woll is practically the poster girl for the no-makeup makeup look, a trend that never seems to go out of style. But while other women actually wear makeup to achieve the look, Woll admits that her daily routine consists of simply moisturizer and a “little mascara.” But that’s not to say the actress—who is currently starring as the courageous Karen Page in the Netflix Marvel series Daredevil—isn’t willing to push the envelope with an, er, daring eye or lip from time to time. Case in point: today’s how-to feature.
Woll may gravitate toward low-key beauty looks in real life, but onscreen it’s a different story. For Daredevil’s Karen Page, Woll and her team looked to screen siren Lauren Bacall for inspiration. The result? A look that was sophisticated yet still sexy, echoing the show’s noir quality. “We ended up thinking about her and this idea of natural and feminine, but striking,” Woll told us. “It might be something like a striking brow or a touch of a strong lip—something that says I am a woman and I take up space.”
The idea that you can create a strong feminine look with just one subtly dramatic element is the basis of today’s story. With Woll as her muse, makeup artist Tamah showed us how you can give your four spring trends a “daredevil” update.
Spring Trend: Berry Lips
Daredevil Take: Make It Ombre
By taking an otherwise standard pink lip and adding a subtle ombre effect, the result is a just-bitten look that will have your friends doing a double take. The best part? The pinkish hue is universally flattering.
Makeup Artist Note:
“Imagine you had a Popsicle for lunch—that’s how I would describe this look. You want to start with totally dry lips—no Chapstick or lip balm. Using your finger, press the color onto the center part of your lips until it’s super matte and doesn’t move. Take the lighter color and apply it to rest of your lips and even over the center part. Gently press your lips together, which will softly feather the color out for the ombre effect. For a more subtle take, use just one color, either the red or pink, and intensify it in the center of your lips.”
Makeup Artist Note:
“Powder the eyelid lightly with a fluffy brush so there is no grease on the eyelid—you want nothing on it. Make sure your pencil is really sharp and, keeping eyes open, find where the natural crease hits in the eye and make a little mark. Close the eye and continue the line out to the end of the eyebrow using a stiff liner brush, like Shu Uemura’s Kolinsky Brush 5R ($17), to pull and blend the color. To make it pop, I added Nars Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner in Abbey Road, which is a metallic, and concentrated that on the top of the liner and tapered it toward the inner corner of the eye.”
Spring Trend: Slicked-Back Hair
Daredevil Take: Add Glossy Lids
Mirror the sleek look of a simple ponytail by adding a glossy finish to your eyelids and lips. The clean look makes a quiet statement that is perfect for cocktail hour.
Credits: Tibi Heavy Silk Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress ($595) in Black.
Makeup Artist Note:
“Think of this look as a face mask and a cosmetic, because it will keep your eyelids nice and moist. I mixed Glossier’s Balm Dot Com with RMS’s The Living Luminizer, using a pretty stiff brush to apply it to the whole lid, and then a softer brush to feather out the shine along the brow bone and bottom of the cheekbone. If you are going to do this in real life, don’t add mascara. It will make everything run off your face. This eye look is nice if you are in a dry climate, like California or somewhere it’s not going to be humid. The gloss on the lip is also Glossier’s Balm Dot Com.”
Spring Trend: No-Makeup Makeup
Daredevil Take: Play Up Your Brows
It doesn’t get any more fresh face and effortless than no-makeup makeup. Add interest to the understated look with tousled hair and a bold brow for that covetable model-off-duty effect.
Credits: Acne Studios Saxe Leather Jacket ($1850) in White Contrast and Grained Leather Mini Skirt ($690) in White; KNITZ by For Love & Lemons Kitten Cropped Tank ($110) in Ivory; Jennifer Zeuner Andalucia Necklace ($264) in Gold Vermei, Nadia Ring ($253) in Sterling Silver, and Natasha Ring ($242) in Sterling Silver.
Makeup Artist Note:
“I did some spot concealing with Glossier’s Balm Dot Com and Ken Doh’s Aqua Foundation under her eyes and around her nose. I applied MAC’s Cream Blush in Something Special on the apples of her cheeks with a soft blush brush to achieve the subtle peachy-pink hue.”
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Byrdie: You’re joining the wild popular comic book genre as Daredevil’s Karen Page. What do you love about that character
Deborah Ann Woll: I liked that she was as much of an adrenaline junky as Matt Murdoch is, as Daredevil is, and that she is kind of attracted to danger and wants to save the city. And she might not be able to do that with her fists, but she can with the law and her intelligence, and with a courageous spirit. She will go down any dark alley to find out what she needs to.
B: Did you draw inspiration from any personal life experiences for the role?
DAW: As an actor, you draw all of it from your own experiences. Everyone experiences every range of emotion even if it’s on a smaller scale, so the idea is just tapping into that and making it bigger. In a literal sense, my boyfriend is blind, so I do know what it’s like being around someone who is blind, both the physical and emotional struggles that go with that.
B: You went back to your natural hair color for Daredevil, do you miss your red hair at all?
DAW: I do! You know, I had seen myself as a redhead for 15 years, and I like the blond as well, but I always had that red hair to sort of anchor me. I am a no makeup kind of girl, so I felt like it was good to have that for me, because I could look more done without anything. With the blond, I do notice that my features fade a little, so I have to remind myself to at least put on a little mascara.
B: I read that you used box dye for your red color. Did you do the same for the blond?
DAW: Well it was a quick change, but since I was doing it for the show, they covered that cost for me, which meant that a really talented professional did the changeover and maintained it for the series. That was just a treat for me. In the interim, since this is a little bit warmer than my natural hair color, I have been using some box dye to keep it up.
B: What kind of box dye do you use?
DAW: I think it’s just called a warm blonde, but I like L’Oreal Excellence. That’s what I used for the red.
B: What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?
DAW: I use unscented Lubriderm, honestly. Just as a general moisturizer every single day. I like it because it’s very plain and I don’t have to worry about any residue or anything.
B: How do you care for your fair skin?
DAW: SPF for sure if you are going to be in the sun for a long time. Staying out the sun, and wearing glasses and hats. I wear long-sleeve shirts even in the summer. For a swimsuit I wear a long-sleeve rasher and then I have pants. It's almost like a wetsuit, but not as thick.
Photographer: Kat Borchart
Nails: Kimmie Kyees
Stylist: Nicole Akhtarzad
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