It was 4:45 p.m. on a Tuesday, a welcome, warm, and sunlit afternoon after an unseasonal cold streak. I opened the front door to Danielle Campbell's West Village apartment and was met by a tiny dog ferociously wagging her tale. Our shoot had already begun. Campbell was sitting in a chair facing her massive balcony getting her makeup done. "This space is amazing," I couldn't help but blurt out, my apartment-dwelling eyes glittering with admiration and a little jealousy. She looked over at her boyfriend, winked, and said, "You look really good, babe." Both of them were preparing for the premiere of Campbell's new show, Tell Me a Story, a dark remake of Little Red Riding Hood set in New York.
"You get lost in a completely different story," Campbell told me. "It's everything you want from a television show. It's sexy and intense, and you feel for the characters. You're on the edge of your seat the whole time."
After taking photos on her balcony, there was a somewhat serendipitous rainbow emerging, and while she was finishing hair and makeup, we sat down on her couch and chatted about it all—the premiere, her favorite beauty products, and the disorienting nature of a red carpet experience. Below, we break down her chosen hair-and-makeup look, offer up her hero products, and get a glimpse into the fun and anticipation hours before a career-defining moment.
For the premiere, her look wasn't inspired by anything in particular, Campbell told me. That is, other than the dress. She brought it out, showing off the velvet sleeveless top and petal-pink chiffon skirt. "It's really classic and so pretty," she cooed. When it comes to her red carpet beauty choices, Campbell is pretty go-with-the-flow about it all. "I had no idea what I wanted to do today. I love that my team comes with ideas," she said. While Campbell loves playing around with makeup and experimenting with different looks, she reiterated that at the end of the day, she wants to still feel seen through it all it.
She doesn't like when the makeup allows for the person to disappear beneath it.
"We decided to keep it really fresh and natural," her makeup artist, Misha Shahzada, noted. She wanted the look to feel really dewy and to play up Campbell's eyelashes. "We gave a little smoky eye, but nothing too crazy. Just really glowy," Shahzada said. She told me the two hero products, without a doubt, were the eye shadows: Chanel's Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36) in Mirage and Rouge Noir. "This is all I used to create her eye," she said. "I used them as liners and shadow."
When it comes to skin, Shahzada didn't do much to prep. "Her skin was really nice to begin with," she said. "I used Caudalie's Grape Water ($10) and Sisley Paris's Hydra-Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration ($255). Campbell nodded her head. "I'm religious about washing my face morning and night and making sure to moisturize," she said, naming May Lindstrom as one of her favorite brands, specifically The Blue Cocoon ($180), a blue tansy beauty balm concentrate we both agreed is practically awe-inspiring.
"It's all you need," she said, "That and her serum and I'm out the door."
As for foundation, Shahzada applied Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Youthful-Look 24H Foundation ($46) and, a Byrdie favorite, Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer ($27). "It's the best concealer on the planet. It doesn't move," she explained.
"I love tinted chapsticks," Campbell said after Shahzada applied her lip color. "I like moisture, and the tint is fun. I tend to gravitate toward reds rather than pinks, but this color is so pretty," she said, pointing at her Chanel-painted lip. It's Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Ultra Wear Lip Colour in Darling Pink ($37). Shahzada said of the liquid lipstick, "It goes so nicely with the dress, and it's double-sided. It's matte on one end and glossy on the other." In unison, we both said, "Perfect for touch-ups."
The hair was natural yet polished as well, as hairstylist Benoit Moeyaert created glossy, healthy-looking waves with a curling iron and few very important products. "Phyto Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray ($30) and Phytokératine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray ($32)," he said, showing me the products. "That's all I used. And a bit of Supremo Magic Move Light ($24)," he added. It's a flexible styling pomade that works to secure the waves and lock in shine.
To finish, I asked Campbell what she looks forward to when the cameras are gone and she can unwind. "It's just that," she replied. "It's coming home and washing my face." She continued, "Red carpets are interesting. You're not even aware of it all while it's happening; it's so much going on at once." The second it stops, Campbell admitted it's hard to disengage and reorient yourself. "You have to just sit," she said with a laugh.
Her other stress-reducing practices include hot yoga and running. "I always feel better afterward," she said. "I definitely prefer to do it in the morning. Toward the end of the day, it's just not gonna happen. The day's gone. I like to eat really healthy too because it just makes my body feel better." We smiled at each other, and I decided not to tell her I'd just gone through a healthy-eating transformation of my own. But I really understood in her in those few moments. And with that, she was whisked off to the premiere.