Berenice Marlohe, the latest actress to capture the attention of James Bond, caught our eye while promoting Skyfall in New York last week. The 23rd installment of the Bond series marks the first English-language film for the Chinese/Cambodian/French beauty, but she looks like she was born to join the ranks of Bond girls like Ursula Andress to Halle Berry. We checked in with her beauty team for tips and tricks to achieving her sultry femme fatale look.Skin
Makeup artist Jake Bailey started by mixing Marlohe's own Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation ($55) with Lancome's La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer ($42) and applied it with a brush to moisturized skin. To set the base, he dusted on Guerlain's Les Voilettes Loose Powder ($57) in 03 Beige Natural and Nars' Bronzing Powder ($34) in Casino. "Sweep bronzer under the cheekbones and along the hairline with a brush to add dimension," Bailey says.
Bailey applied Ben Nye Professional Crème Color ($12) in Light Auguste over Marlohe's whole cheek area with a large powder brush for a lasting flush. "A lot of cream blushes are too sticky or sheer," he says. "But this one is kind of like a coral-colored foundation."
A sultry eye was the focus of the look, so Bailey lined the entire lash line with Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($19) in Perversion, dragging the color up the lid all the way to the crease. "You have to blend it really quickly because it sets fast," he says. He used a cone-shaped eye shadow brush to blur the edges for a smoky effect, then set it with Nars' Single Eye Shadow ($24) in Daphne. The next trick was Marlohe's idea: he applied the actress' own red shimmery eye shadow--so old it didn't have a label anymore--on the crease and inner corners of her eyes. "I was hesitant, but it blended really beautifully with the purple and black," Bailey says. (For a similar look try Stila Eye Shadow ($18) in Terracotta.) A few coats of Covergirl LashBlast 24Hr Mascara ($8) in Very Black on the top and bottom lashes finished the actress' eyes.
Bailey prepped Marlohe's lips with By Terry Baume de Rose ($60), giving it a few minutes to soak in. Then he used Kevyn Aucoin's The Elegant Lip Gloss ($27) in Vesuvian--a shimmery nude that's "somewhere between a gloss and a lipstick."
Hairstylist Giannandrea prepped Marlohe's wet hair with Kerastase Resistance Volumactive Amplifying Perfecting Mousse ($34) before blow-drying with a round boar-bristle brush for volume. "I wanted the crown area to have height," he says. Then he used a one-inch curling iron to "slightly twist each section before wrapping it around the iron to get a waved result." A light mist of Biolage by Matrix Styling Freeze Fix Hair Spray ($14) was next, followed by Ecru New York's Silk Nectar Serum ($33) to give shine and fullness. The finishing touch? He swept the actress' hair to one side and pinned it with three large bobby pins. "I kept a few long bang pieces loose in the front to frame the face and give that feeling of sexiness," he says. Our verdict: she's all set for a cocktail with Bond, James Bond.