hair: Gregory Russell / styling: Simone Harouche / makeup: Fiona Stiles
Oh how I love Nicole Richie. She is funny, smart, kind and I love to paint that face! I think she is so beautiful; there's just so much space to work with on those eyes and her skin tone is divine. She is a fashion risk taker and is always incredibly chic, whether it's for a red carpet event or just running around town. You know she will always make a statement on the red carpet.
For the Tom Ford show in LA last week, Nicole wore a dress from the Tom Ford archives. It was floor length and long sleeved with sequins in a leopard pattern. Just a total showstopper. I didn't want there to be any hard or graphic lines with the makeup, just lots of definition on the eyes with dark rusty browns and beautifully defined cheekbones.
Here's what I used and how I achieved the look:
I always prep the skin with moisturizer. That just goes without saying. Foundation just doesn't go on as nicely without applying cream first. Then using the beautyblender, I worked in her foundation, starting at the center of the face and working outwards for the most natural finish. After applying concealer here and there and setting the skin with powder, I used a deep matte bronze to shape the face, sweeping it along the hairline and under the cheekbones. A soft gold powder was used along the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose to create soft highlights.
I filled in the brows using a soft, neutral brown eyebrow pencil and set them with gel. I always set the brows because an unruly brow just makes me mental. Using a dome shaped brush, I swept on a medium toned matte brown shadow up past the crease, and then I used a darker matte brown in the outer corners, swirling the color until it was perfectly blended. I am having a total love affair with matte shadows right now. I think they look super chic, and I felt like sequins and a shimmery shadow would just be a bit much. I used a matte brown eyeliner pencil along the top of the lashes and in the waterline, top and bottom, and all of the way into the inner corner of the eyes for some drama. Using a medium toned brown, I smudged the shadow under the lower lashes to add a soft smokey look without dragging down the eyes. I used a very special strip lash on top (they come from Japan and are the most beautiful lashes I have ever used. Very soft and fluttery) and used a tiny touch of black mascara at the roots to blend her natural lashes in. For the bottom lashes I used a burgundy mascara instead of black. Again, I wanted to keep the feeling under her eyes really soft and black would have felt too harsh. Fo the lips I used a warm nude brown.
Armani Luminous Silk #6
Tom Ford Concealing Pen in Medium
Laura Mercier Transluscent Loose Powder
Jouer Bronzer in Sunswept
Dior Brow Pen in Universal Brown
Makeup Forever Matte Eyeshadows in Sweet Chestnut, Latte and Milk Tea
Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eyeliner in Audrey
YSL Faux Cils mascara in Black and Burgundy
Tom Ford Sable Smoke