Ready to step up your beauty game? We’ve put together five expert makeup tutorials that cover everything you need to master for spring: bright eyeliner, glowing skin, a navy smoky eye, a bold lip, and colorful shadow. Click through our slideshow for the tips and tricks used on Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, and more!
Scarlett Johansson may be glowing because of her new pregnancy right now, but back in September, it was thanks to a perfectly executed beauty look. Makeup artist Caroline Saulnier gave the actress dewy, lit-from-within skin for the Venice Film Festival.
Makeup artist Caroline Saulnier applied Dolce & Gabbana’s Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation ($66) with a flat brush, then used the brand’s The Illuminator Powder ($50) in Eva to set the actress’ skin and provide a radiant sheen. “Dust onto your cheeks, chin, and the bridge of your nose,” Saulnier says. (Try Maybelline’s Mineral Powder Illuminator ($6) in Nude for a similar result.)
Glowing skin is the most important part of this look, so Saulnier used the same large powder brush to dust Dolce & Gabbana’s Luminous Cheek Color ($45) in Rosebud along the actress’ cheekbones.
Smudge a black kohl pencil (try Sephora’s Contour Eye Pencil ($9) in Black Lace) into the roots of your top lashline, then apply a line of the deepest hue from the Dolce & Gabbana’s Eyeshadow Quad ($67) in Desert. “It creates a softer look,” Saulnier says. Revlon’s Custom Eyes Duo Shadow and Liner Palette ($8) in Naturally Glamorous will work, too!
To further define Johansson’s eyes and brows, Saulnier turned to the same palette. “Carve out the lids with a round, soft-bristle brush using the lightest tint in the inner corner of the eye, the medium one in the natural crease of the eyelid, and the boldest color on the brow bone,” she says. A few coats of black mascara finished the actress’ eyes.
To create a “discrete contour,” Saulnier applied the Dolce & Gabbana’s The Lipliner ($30) in Nude all over the actress’ pout, then dabbed on the brand’s Ultra-Shine Lipgloss ($31) in Innocence. You can get a similar look with Tarte’s Universal Lip Liner ($18) under L’Oreal’s Infallible Lip Gloss ($10) in Pink Topaz.
For the Los Angeles premiere of Keira Knightley’s film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, makeup artist Kate Lee gave the actress a matte, navy blue smoky eye. Keep clicking for the how-to!
Lee prepped the actress’ skin with a rich moisturizer—Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Creme Riche ($87)—then dabbed the brand’s Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen Makeup ($45) only where needed coverage and brushed Kanebo’s Sensai Collection Concealer ($33) under her eyes.
After dabbing the foundation and concealer, Lee “melted” the makeup into Knightley’s skin with a Beauty Blender Sponge ($20). “Gently feather it into your skin,” she says. “This sponge is great, but don’t use it to apply the foundation, it’s meant for blending, not application!”
Knightley’s flush came courtesy of Chanel’s Le Blush Crème de Chanel ($38) in Cheeky, lightly blended onto the apples of the actress’ cheeks.
Lee started with Chanel’s Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil ($28) in Marine, applying it along the actress’ waterline, around her lashes and on her lid. Once you have the shape you want sketched out in liner, it’s time to blend. Using an inward motion, Lee used Chanel’s Small Eyeshadow Brush #15 ($34) to soften the line. “Squish the liner into your lashline,” Lee says. “You don’t want any gaps.”
Lee warns that navy is a difficult color to work with in powder form, so stick to creamy formulas. (She used Chanel’s Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Eyeshadow ($36) in Apparition.) “You’ll need two clean brushes,” Lee says. Gently pat the shadow on your lid with one, then use a second clean brush to slowly feather the shadow up and out.
I didn’t apply any lashes for this look,” Lee says. “If you put false eye lashes on it will take away from the softness that you’ve built and look more vampy.” She used one coat of Chanel’s Inimitable Mascara ($30) in Noir instead.
“This looks more modern with a soft, natural brow,” Lee says. She brushed Knightley’s brows into place with a clean spooly brush, then a tinted gel, and finally a clear gel. She used Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Tinted Brow Gel ($22) in Brunette and Clear.
Lee used Chanel’s Le Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour ($34) in Mademoiselle on Knightley.
Oscar-winning actress and it girl Lupita Nyong'o has made a huge impact on the beauty world over the past few months, rocking one rule-breaking look after another. Here is one of her first, from the Los Angeles premiere of 12 Years as a Slave in October.
“You want to brighten a deep skintone without lightening it,” makeup artist Nick Barose says, so he reached for two different shades of M.A.C.’s Pro Longwear Foundation ($31), a trick that produces a glowing effect. “Apply the lighter shade in the center of your face and the darker shade on the outside, then blend,” he says.
After foundation, but before blush, Barose dusted Nyong'o’s skin with Jouer’s Essential Face Mattifier ($26) to cut down on shine and set the foundation, without masking her skin.
“When you create a bright eye and lip, you want your cheek to have a little color, but not look heavy,” Barose says. He used Jouer’s Cheek Tint ($20) in Dahlia, applied with a Beauty Blender Sponge ($20): “It looks natural and doesn’t have any shimmer.”
To get the winged-out shape, Barose applied Dolce & Gabbana’s Glam Liner Intense Liquid Eyeliner ($34) in Black Intense to Nyong'o’s top lashline, drawing the color up towards the outside of the actress’ brows. He added Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil ($22) to the actress’ waterline, concentrating the color on the outer half of her eyes.
Once Barose had the cat eye outline, he reached for M.A.C.’s limited-edition Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes Palette in Violet. That palette is no longer available, but you can get the a similar look with the brand’s Mineralize Eye Shadow Quad ($44) in A Medley of Mauves. Barose started by painting the darkest hue on the outer half of Nyong'o’s lid and a lighter purple on the inner half. To maintain the cat eye shape, Barose suggests gently blending the two colors in the center, then wrap the purple around the bottom lashline with clean, thin brush.
You don’t want a dramatic lash when you’re wearing a colorful eye, Barose says, but you do want definition. “Choose a lengthening mascara, not thickening!” Try Maybelline’s Define-A-Lash Mascara ($8).
Barose lined Nyong'o’s pout with a pencil the same shade as her lips, then applied Nars x Guy Bourdin’s Lipstick ($26) in Full Frontal directly from the tube. “Then add a second coat with a lip brush for more color,” he says.
Not sure you can pull of a bright lip? Frame it with a full lash and pale shadow—like Michelle Dockery—and you can. Makeup artist Jordan Bree Long walks us through the on-trend look.
Try Long’s trick for undetectable foundation, even in bright light: she applied Armani’s Maestro Foundation ($64) with a foundation brush, then pressed it into Dockery’s skin with a sponge sprayed with toner. “It helps the foundation to blend into the skin better,” Long says.
For a flawless, natural-looking flush, Long dabbed Chanel’s Le Blush Crème de Chanel ($38) in Revelation onto the apples of Dockery’s cheeks, then blended with the same Beauty Blender. “This will give you a sheer tint,” Long says.
Groomed, perfectly-defined brows help frame your face and make you look more put together. Long brushed Dockery’s arches in place, filled them in with Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Duo Brow Powder ($23), and locked them in place with Maybelline’s Great Lash Clear Mascara ($5). (Try a stronger brow gel if your arches are unruly.)
The best part about using light shadow? It makes your lashes seriously pop. Long used the palest shade from Tom Ford’s Eyeshadow Quad in Cocoa Mirage ($78), or try Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadow ($13) in No. 75 Sandcastle.
The trick to making such pale shadow work? Define the lashline. Long reached for L’Oreal Paris’ Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner ($8) in Black. “It has such a fine tip that you can apply the thinnest line to plump up the top lashes, without making it look like liner,” she says. “And it’s great for day because it dries matte!”
No need to go overboard with mascara! A single coat of Dior’s Diorshow Mascara ($25) in Black will do.
Now it’s time for the bright lip. “This formula is incredibly creamy and stays on really well,” Long says about Armani’s Lip Maestro ($33) in Red Fuschia. “Plus, it won’t make your lips dry.”
In one of our favorite looks from the last year, makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua gave Biel a colorful, Cleopatra-inspired eye. (It’s easier than you think!)
The trick to Biel’s fresh skin is the light, natural finish—so skip foundation. Instead apply concealer anywhere you need coverage, then dust on a pressed powder. Bua used Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 ($58), or try Maybelline’s Fit Me Pressed Powder ($6).
To set the groundwork for a pop of color, Bua contoured Biel’s lids with Chanel’s Quadra Eyeshadow ($59) in Dunes, dusting the darkest shade in the socket and the lighter shades on her lid and brow bone.
Now comes the fun part: Bua applied a thick line of blue eyeliner on Biel’s bottom waterline and under her bottom lashline, extending it out into a point. She used a black eyeliner to do the same thing on top, then met the two on the outer corner. Bua used Chanel’s Long Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner ($30) in Jade and Noir Intense, or try CoverGirl’s Vivid Impact Eyeliner ($7) in Jade and Midnight. Finish with black mascara.
Balance a bright eye with a neutral lip, like Bua did. She applied a nude lip liner, then topped it with a rich balm. Try NYX’s Slim Lip Pencil ($4) in Beige or follow Bua’s lead and pick up Chanel’s Precision Lip Definer ($29) in Natural.