It was hard to know where to look when Julianne Hough was on set for our second editorial shoot. There were her darling cavaliers bouncing around the studio, the shockingly bright and beautiful cosmetics laid out by makeup artist Molly Stern, and a table full of props—Maison Michele ears, Ring Pops, and stacks of hats—assembled by Who What Wear’s Fashion Director Laurie Trott. Then of course there was Hough, with unbelievably pore-less porcelain skin and bouncy blonde hair. The actress (and Sole Society designer) stars in Paradise, the new Diablo Cody flick out on DirectTV this month (it hits heaters in October). Hough plays Lamb, an evangelical Christian who, after surviving a plane crash, takes a trip to Vegas to discover “worldly pleasures” including booze, tattoos, and hookers—so asking Hough to try out a rainbow of bright eye makeup seemed positively tame!
The key to wearing brights, says Stern, is laying the right foundation. “Here’s the thing, as long as you’re taking care of your skin tone, and warming your cheeks, that’s an area that you should feel totally free in,” she says of color, dismissing any tip associating one shade with one skin tone. “If you’re olive skinned you should only wear purple? That’s bullhonk.” She does suggest reaching for pencils or cream shadows instead of liquid liners or powders because they’re easier to manipulate. Other than that, she promises, there are no rules.
While not every actress is game for trying a new beauty look or the latest runway hairstyle, Hough fully embraced the challenge. “If she wasn’t doing what she’s doing, she’d be a hairstylist or makeup artist for sure,” Riawna Capri, Hough’s hairstylist, says of the actress. Capri even lets Hough cut her hair: “There are pictures and videos of me doing it and my face is like this,” Hough says, scrunching up her nose and eyes. “Now I know why I’m getting wrinkles!” There were no scissors on set, just Unite’s 7 Seconds Leave-In Conditioner ($29)—the one thing Hough uses everyday—and Oribe’s Dry Shampoo ($20) for texture. That, and plenty of color!
Stern used Nars’ Eyeshadow ($24) in Persia, slowly building it out from the lashline up. She lined Hough’s waterline with a brown pencil, like CoverGirl’s Perfect Blend Pencil ($4) in Mink, and patted Chantecaille’s Brilliant Gloss ($33) in Charm into her lips.
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Choose a shade of green that compliments your eyes—we recommend Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner ($20) in Moss—and layer a green mascara onto your lashes for super saturated color. Stern used ByTerry’s Mascara ($40) in Dark Forest on Hough’s top and bottom lashes.
Who wears yellow on their eyes? Our kind of girl! Stern primed Hough’s lids with Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics ($25) in Wheat, before drawing a line of Nars’ Duo Eye Shadow ($34) in Fashion Rebel on the upper lid. Try wearing brown mascara instead of black to soften bright yellow makeup.
Try Dolce & Gabbana's Crayon Intense Eyeliner ($30) in Lemon.
Turns out you can wear pink on your lashline and not look sickly. Stern used M.A.C.’s Chromagraphic Pencil ($16) in Process Magenta to draw a slight kick at the outer corner of each of Hough’s eyes, adding a super slim black line underneath for dimension.
Butter London's Mascara ($20) in Pistol Pink is pictured above.
Don’t be afraid to play with texture—even when you’re playing with color! Hough’s wearing a matte purple shadow on her lid (the other half of the aforementioned Fashion Rebel Duo) with a shimmering grape liner on her lower lashline—Stern used Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Liner ($19) in Psychedelic Sister.
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