Amber Heard

When Amber Heard hit the red carpet at the LACMA 2012 Art + Film Gala last month we swooned over her glowing skin, messy updo, and perfectly flattering makeup shades. Makeup artist Spencer Barnes used a "split complementary" theory to select the colors--a concept that utilizes hues from opposites sides of the color wheel. Heard's orangey-red lip color, apricot blush, and plum eye shadow were picked to highlight her green eyes and the gold embellishment of her Gucci dress. We checked in with her beauty team for all the details of this expertly curated look!Skin
Barnes prepped Heard's skin with AmorePacific's Moisture Bound Intensive Vitalizing Eye Complex ($125), followed by Kate Somerville's Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum ($65), for an "instant glow," he says. Once that soaked in, he lightly applied Laura Mercier's Crème Smooth Foundation ($50) in Sunny Beige using a brush, and smoothed edges with a beautyblender sponge ($20). For glowing skin he patted on Merle Norman's Liquid Shimmer Highlighter ($23) in Anything Glows around the eyes, on the chin and forehead, and down the bridge of the nose.

To gently contour the face Barnes swept Benefit's Hoola Bronzer ($28) under the cheekbones. "It gently contours without shimmer," he says. For color he dusted on Nars' Blush ($28) in Deep Throat on the apples of the cheeks.

For the eyes Barnes applied Merle Norman's Soft Touch Eye Pencil ($18) in Earthy on the top lash line, extending it just past the outside of the eyes. He layered Merle Norman's Eye Shadow ($16) in Oyster and Coco Cashmere on the lid, and Soft Apricot in the crease for contour. On the bottom lash line he smudged the brand's Color Max Shadow ($16) in Vintage Charm for "shading without a heavy line," he says. Anastasia's Brow Powder Duo ($22) in Brunette was applied to define the actress' eyebrows before sweeping on Dior's Diorshow Mascara ($25) in Black on the top lashes, and CoverGirl's LashBlast Volume Mascara ($7) in Brown on the bottom lashes--a trick Barnes used for soft definition.

For a bold, orangey-red lip, Barnes applied Nars' Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil ($24) in Red Square, outlining the lip with a brush before filling them in. "Anytime you use a bold lipstick, use a brush to make the perfect outline," he says.

For a lasting updo, hairstylist Andrea Martin opted not to wash Heard's hair; instead she dampened the actress' roots and applied Rene Furterer's Volumea Volumizing Foam ($23). Martin layered Fekkai's Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel ($25) over the mousse, concentrating on the roots and lightly spraying down the length, then rough-dried Heard's hair with Conair's Pro Silver Bird Hair Dryer ($45). For texture Martin wrapped 1 1/2-inch sections around a 1-inch curling rod, leaving the ends untouched by heat, before teasing the top section of the hair and smoothing it back with her hands.

For a bun with staying power Martin created a sturdy base. "Take both hands like you're going to make a ponytail and twist the hair counterclockwise until the base of the pony twists into a bump, and pin with large bobby pins," she says. She loosely wrapped the remainder of the hair around the bump, tucked the ends inside, and pinned in place. "To create more texture rub your hands in a circular motion on the temples," she says. "Just enough to loosen the hairs but not undo the style." Set with Elnett Stronghold Hairspray ($15). Who knew a messy bun and a few key colors could be so glamorous?

-Lexy Lebsack

Photo courtesy of Wire Image.