Posts tagged ‘celebrity’

December 16, 2011

I Want To Look Like Audrey Tautou

My slightly-creepy girlcrush of the month is Audrey Tautou. (I exaggerate; I don’t really have a creepy crush. Well, not that creepy.) But can you really blame me? She looks quirky enough to be instantly recognisable, and to pull off such eccentric roles as Amélie with a slight raise of the eyebrow, yet also conventionally beautiful enough to be the face of Chanel No. 5. She has that incredibly irritating French quality of seeming to be totally unconscious of her own chic, or at least, to not have thought too hard about it before stepping out of her front door.

Firstly, I know it’s a Chanel advert, but could anyone else pull off this robe quite so effortlessly? While in a vintage train carriage?

The actress leaning out of a train window in a robe.

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Or, indeed, these enormous trousers? I would look like Nelly the Elephant having just escaped from the circus in these. *shakes fist*

The actress in the hall of a hotel.

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I suppose I should talk about her makeup too – she tends to go with fairly natural looks, and as her bone structure is so good, I don’t blame her. Although she looks beautiful all the time, with her totally understated vibe, I stumbled across this picture and thought it would be a good look to investigate for myself, so here you go. Audrey on the red carpet:

The actress in a white dress.

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The foundation Audrey is wearing here is clearly very natural and gives her skin a beautiful radiance; she doesn’t need much coverage, so it wouldn’t be anything too heavy, and there’s certainly no cloggy face powder stuck all over it ruining the effect! If I were to attempt something similar, I’d go with NARS Sheer Glow.
Though it’s difficult to see her eye makeup, it’s fairly clear that it’s incredibly subtle and natural. As her brows are always perfectly shaped – almost a trademark with her – they frame her eyes so well that no impact is lost at all, and her eyes themselves are fairly large and pretty; they’ll draw attention all by themselves. Defining brows with a touch of lighter-than-your-hair eyeshadow, some neutral eyeshadow all over the lid (from what I have, I’d go with MAC Patina) and lots of black mascara should do the trick, though tightlining your eyes on the upper waterline ONLY would add a little more definition if you can’t do without eyeliner.
She has a beautiful, though still very subtle, blush – from the radiance of her skin, almost certainly a cream blush applied very sparingly. The apples of her cheeks are another naturally lovely feature of hers; those dimples mean that her smile transforms her face, and the blush adds to the overall prettiness that’s already there! For this effect, I would actually use Benefit’s Posy Tint – liquid blush is even more natural still than a cream, and I love the Benefit tints.
Finally, the most noticeable makeup is her lipstick, which is why I left it until last. (That’s not a great reason, is it? I just did, I don’t know why!) It’s a fairly natural shade, just a bit pinker than her actual lips, and the real impact is made by the gloss over the top. The fact that she looks red-carpet-worthy, when the most daring makeup she’s wearing is a pretty natural lipstick, makes me just a tiny bit jealous. Just a little. It’s fine. I’m fine. Ignore me. The lipcolour looks to me (and this is just a hunch) quite similar to the Estee Lauder ‘Pure Colour Sensuous Rouge’ lip colour in Peach Pleasure. It’s not a completely perfect match, but I’m writing this fairly quickly – sorry! These lipsticks have special centres with moisturising ingredients in; it’s all very exciting.

So, that’s a quick breakdown of how I’d try to recreate the understated glamour of Audrey Tautou on the red carpet! She is one of my favourite actresses, and I know that lightning-fast attempt didn’t do her justice, but I wanted to give it a shot! 🙂

September 4, 2011

Well Look’ee Here! Zhang Ziyi

I’m not going to pretend I don’t have a slight obsession with Zhang Ziyi, the Chinese actress who is most famous (in my experience!) for her roles in Memoirs of a Geisha, House of Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I just…love…her face. It seems like a cosmic injustice that I don’t look like her.
I watched Memoirs of a Geisha the other day, and I was reminded how I’ve always thought she looked just as beautiful, if not more so, when she’s makeup-free and in her servant role as when she’s dressed up and doing her geisha thing!

Anyway, the woman really knows how to do the natural look. (Probably why I’m so jealous!) She never looks caked in makeup but she always looks fresh and lovely.
Whenever I think of ‘natural makeup’, this is the ideal:

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi

Obviously the most enviable thing here (and the hardest to replicate!) is her perfect skin. If you’re lucky enough to have that down, you’re probably pretty much sorted anyway. But other than that, it’s a lovely simple look; a subtle line of black liner, with a tiny flick at the end; mascara or very natural, feathery lashes with little or nothing on the bottom lashes; the slightest amount of brow-defining, if any; and a pale pink, subtle lip colour that looks more like a balm.

Of course, doing the whole red carpet schlep sometimes calls for more defined makeup. I don’t get the impression that Ziyi is ever going to be a Winehouse-eyeliner woman (amazing as that can look!) – she seems to like keeping her eye makeup fairly natural. But she can do a cracking red lip, upon occasion:

Zhang Ziyi with red lipstick

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So, there we are. I just felt like posting something other than a review, and I’ve been doing the natural makeup thing for a few days, so thought I’d share my inspiration!
I don’t want to sound all corny and say that I’m celebrating beauty, but I suppose I am!


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