Makeup artist Kayleen McAdams turned to Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe for inspiration when prepping Jessica Biel for last week’s Met Ball. “They always walked the perfect line between masculine and feminine, and I wanted her makeup to have that same feel,” McAdams says. Androgyny means less color, more contouring, so she focused on Biel’s skin, starting with CK One’s 3-in-1 Face Makeup ($30) and Tarte’s Marajuca Concealer ($24) under the eyes.
“I added a tiny bit of the CK One Skin Illuminator ($20) in Cool along the cheekbones and down the bridge of her nose to keep the skin looking dewy,” McAdams says. She used the CK One Cream + Powder Bronzer Duo ($25) to contour Biel’s cheekbones, using a Beauty Blender Sponge ($20) to blend it out and into her forehead and chin. “The highlighter made the contrast of the cheeks that much more obvious,” McAdams adds.
After setting the cream with the bronzing powder, McAdams dusted CK One’s Air Light Pressed Powder ($26) on Biel’s t-zone to keep the shine to a minimum. “Jessica has gorgeous skin so I wanted to emphasize the luminosity and make it look as though she was wearing nothing,” says McAdams.
McAdams made the most of that bronzing powder, sweeping it over Biel’s eyelids and using a darker matte shadow, Jouer’s Powder Eyeshadow ($20) in Chestnut, in her crease area to add dimension without using liner.
“The key to this eye look was the mascara,” says McAdams. “Both Jessica and I love the look of soft mascara and it was key to giving her eyes that masculine edge.” She used two coats of CK One's Color Mascara ($18) in Confess on Biel’s top and bottom lashes. “The shade really brought out Jessica's green eyes.”
Sticking with the nude theme, McAdams patted a bit of CK One’s Pure Color Lipstick ($16) in Whatever onto Biel’s lips and added Lipgloss ($16) in Tender for dimension. What made it really punk, however, was the silver septum ring Biel added. Try Catbird’s Ear Cuff ($38) in Silver, or check out Etsy for thinner rings.
Even Giambattista Valli, the designer behind Biel’s gorgeous gown, had a say in Biel’s hair. But it was up to hairstylist Anthony Campbell to execute the sporty look. “We wanted to do something that was graphic, with a slight nod to punk, but still chic,” he said. Ideally, the sides would look shaved, so Campbell prepped Biel’s hair with Bumble and bumble Prep Spray ($19) and Oribe Thickening Spray ($28) from roots to ends to add moisture, control, and lift.
After blow-drying the hair straight with a Mason Pearson Brush ($120), Campbell flat-ironed the ends and slicked back the sides with Bumble and bumble Does It All Spray ($26), securing two tiny ponytails on each side of the back of Biel’s head.
“I used Bumble and bumble Classic Hairspray ($23) to slick the top and finish the sides,” Campbell says, “And finished the ends of the hair with Oribe Gold Lust Oil ($48).” A faux septum ring-meets-Oribe’s Gold Oil? That’s our kind of high-low mix.