If we're taking cues from Rihanna's GQ cover, men's magazines call for all things sexy. But at that same magazine's Man of the Year party, held last week in Los Angeles, Arrow star Willa Holland went with soft instead, complementing her romantic Rachel Zoe dress. Jeffrey Paul, the man behind the actress' hair and makeup, said, "We wanted the hair and makeup to have a rich warmth; approachable and beautiful without being over-the-top sexy." Read on for all his tips!Skin
Paul prepped Holland's face with Nars' Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer ($32) before layering Dior's Skin Flash ($37) on her t-zone for luminosity. He used a foundation brush to smooth on a thin layer of YSL's Illuminating Foundation ($55) and then buffed with a second clean brush. He set her skin with M.A.C.'s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder ($29) and brushed Dior's Diorskin Ultra Shimmering All Over Face Powder ($44) in Rose Diamond on the actress' cheeks for that visible shimmer.
Paul wanted Holland's "inviting eyes" to complement the warm tones of her dress without actually matching, so he lined them with Joeur's Long-Wearing Eye Definer ($20) in Chocolat and Dior's DiorShow Waterproof Liner ($29) in Plum. Though he doesn't remember exactly which M.A.C. shadows he used, try the brand's Fabulousness Warm Eye Palette ($40). The lighter shade goes on the brow bone and lid, the mid-tone hue under the bottom lash line, and the chocolate shade fills in the crease. He curled Holland's lashes and applied a few coats of Dior's Diorshow Mascara ($25) to open up her eyes, filling in her brows with Damone Roberts' Brow Pencil ($18) in Latte.
Two shades of YSL's Vernis A Levres Glossy Lip Stain ($32) were layered onto Holland's lips: Rose Vinyl and Corail Aquatique. Paul blotted the mixture before smoothing on another dose of the first shade. "It's an amazing product because it's glossy, but also a stain," he says.
Holland arrived with damp locks, so Paul began by layering Wen's Sweet Almond Mint Replenishing Treatment Mist ($33) and Rene Furterer's Volumizing Conditioning Spray ($26) all over Holland's hair, followed by Bumble and bumble's Styling Crème ($25) on the length and ends. "Light layers work better on the hair than one thick layer," he says. Once Holland's hair was dry (he recommends flipping your head upside down while blow-drying at home to score extra volume), he lightly sprayed Sebastian's ReShaper Hairspray ($22) all over and clamped a waving iron on sections of the hair for 20 seconds. "Start at the top and move down without overlapping," he says. We like Hot Tools' 3 Barrel Gold 3-Inch Waver ($50) to get this look at home.
"You want to keep the integrity of the wave, so don't touch it until after it's cool," Paul says. Once the entire head was done he coated his hands with Sebastian's Matte Putty ($17), gently raked Holland's hair back, and began to twist the length into a loose bun. "We wanted it to fall naturally, and be a little messy, so Willa pulled sections out with her hands and loosened it up a bit," Paul says. Set with hairspray and voila--easy and alluring!