Hollywood may be smitten with '40s beauty, but retro trends need a modern twist to work in real life. British actress Rachel Weisz's beauty team knows where to draw the line between homage and costume: hairstylist Ben Skervin mussed up her chocolate waves and makeup artist Genevieve Herr gave the Oscar winner a smudged brown eye and rosy cheeks to keep things fresh. The perfect marriage of modern and mid-century for a screening of Weisz's latest film, The Deep Blue Sea. The only better marriage might be her own, to James Bond.Skin
Herr began by prepping Weisz's moisturized skin with Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer ($32) before smoothing on the brand's Tinted Moisturizer ($43) in Nude. "Use a damp sponge to distribute the product evenly," Herr says. Next, she dabbed concealer under the actress' eyes and around her lips to define her pout. "Apply concealer on the top and bottom of the center of the lips to enhance them," she says. For a natural blush, Herr smoothed Edward Bess' Rouge for Lips and Cheeks ($38) in Love Affair onto the apples of Weisz's cheeks and blended with one finger. She set the actress' skin with two different powders--Laura Mercier's Secret Brightening Powder ($22) under her eyes to make them "pop," and translucent powder on the rest of the face.
Herr chose two different shades of eyeliner for Weisz's smoky eye--Lancome's Le Crayon Khol EyeLiner ($26) in Black Ebony on the top inner rim, and Laura Mercier's Kohl Eye Pencil ($20) in Brown Copper on the bottom. "Using a copper shade on the bottom softens the look and adds shimmer," Herr says. She applied Nars' Matte Eyeshadow ($24) in Bali on Weisz's eyelids, concentrating the color in the crease, and brought the powder up and out with an angled brush. Herr reached for pale shadow shades--Nars' Duo Eyeshadow ($34) in Alhambra--for the inner corners to brighten the actress' eyes. She curled Weisz's lashes and applied two coats of Lancome's Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara ($26) in Black to finish the eyes.
Herr applied Bobbi Brown's Lip Liner ($22) in Beige to Weisz's lips, but skipped the outer corners. "Leave the ends clean so that they don't looked painted and artificial," she says. Herr smoothed on Chanel's Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour ($34) in 114 Precieuse on top.
To start, Skervin prepped Weisz's hair with Vidal Sassoon's Pro Series Heat Protect & Shine Spray ($4) and blew her locks dry with a round brush. He didn't want the actress' retro waves to look too uniform, so he used a 1/2-inch curling iron on the front sections, and a 1-inch iron for the back. "Take 1-inch square sections and curl them in a spiral down the barrel of the iron," Skervin says. "Hold in place for about 20 seconds and then slide the hair off the barrel allowing the curl to cool without touching it." Once set, he lightly brushed the actress' hair with Mason Pearson's Handy Mixture Brush ($120) to create soft waves. Skervin created a deep part and used a dab of Vidal Sassoon's Pro Series Mega Firm Hold Gel ($4) to smooth Weisz's hair behind her left ear. A light spray of the brand's Pro Series Flexible Hold Hairspray ($4) set the style, but Skervin suggests using a light hand. "Don't make it stiff," he says. "You want the wave to have a loose feel to it!"
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