Rita Ora, the British singer-songwriter Jay-Z signed to Roc Nation three years ago, has made quite a splash on the fashion scene this year--thanks to some attention-grabbing looks from Alexander McQueen, Mugler, Pucci, and more--all of which she accessorizes with her now signature platinum curls and a bold red lip. But at Bergdorf Goodman's 111th anniversary party, it was her polished braid and expertly filled-in eyebrows that caught our attention. Ora's makeup artist, Lucky Smyler, had a very specific look in mind: "a modern day Tippi Hedren-meets-Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's." That's our kind of combination, so we asked her beauty team to teach us how to get Ora's party look.Skin
Smyler toned Ora's skin with Koh Gen Do's Spa Water ($39) before priming it with Dior's Skin Perfect Pore Refining Perfecting Moisturizer ($67). "I painted the entire surface of her skin with Tom Ford Beauty's Traceless Foundation Stick ($78) in Pale Dune using a Stila One Step Complexion Brush ($32)," she says. "And dabbed YSL Touche Eclat ($40) in #2 under her eyes with my finger." To "create warmth and emphasize [Ora's] beautiful bone structure," Smyler used Smashbox's Fusion Soft Lights ($30) in Baked Star Dust on the singer's temples, cheeks, and jaw line.
Ora's makeup artist described her eye makeup as "a vision of nude on nude." What does that mean? Priming the eyelids with Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer ($20), dusting Smashbox's Photo Op Eyeshadow ($28) in Shutterspeed on top, and using M.A.C.'s Fluidline ($15) in Blacktrack to flick a winged cat-eye off the end of the upper lash line. Finally, generous coats of Dior's Diorshow Black Out Mascara ($25).
"It's important to hold the brows in place while keeping them perfectly defined," Smyler says. So she applied Anastasia's Brow Gel ($21) first, and then used Smashbox's Angled Brow Brush ($20) and Shiseido's The Makeup Eyebrow and Eyeliner Compact ($30) in Deep Brown to fill them in so precisely.
Ora's lips might look matte, but she starts with Diptyque's Lip Balm ($35) before lining the edges with M.A.C.'s Lip Pencil ($15) in Redd. "For a classic red lip with staying power, I prefer a formula that has very rich pigments," says the makeup artist, who just supervises Ora's lipstick application. The breakout star favors Lime Crime's Lipstick ($16) in Glamour. "For longevity, [Ora] always applies the first coat, blots with a tissue, and then reapplies so there's no need for retouching."
Hairstylist Cynthia Alvarez prepped Ora's clean hair with Affinage's Kitoko Oil ($51), which she swears cuts drying time in half, before blowing it dry with a Super Solano Hair Dryer ($110). After combing a deep side part, she pumped Ojon's Volume Advance Animated Volume Cream ($24) to the right side before building a thick French braid from the part down to the ear and securing with a clear elastic. Alvarez used Hot Tool's 1-inch Curling Iron ($40) to curl the left side and smoothed out the waves with a paddle brush, rolling them up into a faux bob at the nape of the neck and securing with bobby pins. "It's imperative that this style stay really close to the head," Alvarez says. "The braid is rolled up with the nearest section and tucked in with the rest of the hair at the neck." To finish, she sprayed Ora's whole head with L'Oreal's Elnett Hairspray ($15). Alavarez notes: "This look is very clean, so use as much product as you need to eliminate frizz and as many pins as you need to secure the faux bob tightly."
Photo courtesy of INF Photo.