The Cannes Film Festival just wrapped up, and let me tell you: there were some gorgeous looks. Old Hollywood glamour seems to be making a big comeback. Perhaps that’s why at her Midnight in Paris photo call, Rachel McAdams was a breath of clean, fresh air. Don’t get me wrong; I am psyched to see that ‘ladies-looking-like-ladies’ is trending right now. But my girl Rachel–or rather her sister and makeup artist, Kayleen–went for a youthful, girly look. And it paid off.
Check this girl out! How adorable can a 32-year-old get? (Trick question. This is the highest amount of adorableness.)
Thanks to her sister, we know exactly what products were used to get this look:
- Cle de Peau Silky Cream Foundation, $120 at Neiman Marcus…no big deal
- Amazing Cosmetics Concealer, $42 at Sephora
- MAC Blot Pressed Powder, $23 at MAC
- Anastasia Brow Powder Duo, $22 at Sephora
- NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Silk Road, $33 at Sephora
- CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara in Very Black, $9.49 at Ulta
- Stila Convertible Color in Fuchsia, $25 at Sephora
- NARS Blush in Mata Hari, $27 at Sephora
It’s a surprisingly short list for photo shoot makeup. Unfortunately, I don’t have the sort of cash money that Miss Rachel does, so I can’t recreate the look exactly, but here’s a very close step-by-step version:
Step 1: Prime, obvi!
Step 2: Apply a light layer of foundation over your entire face. Blend into neck. Despite the fact that Rachel had high-quality, expensive foundation, she didn’t go overboard with coverage. Her sprinkling of freckles is still peeking through.
Step 3: Conceal wherever needed. Most ladies need to conceal under their eyes, around the nose, on the sides of their mouths, and possible between their brows.
Step 4: Add powder for a super-matte finish.
Step 5: Fill in brows with a color lighter than your own brow. No need to get brow powder. Eyeshadow works (is) the same.
Step 6: It must have been a bright day in Cannes, because Rachel is squinting in every picture I’ve found of her. As far as I can tell (which isn’t very far): sweep a shimmering peach color across your lid (pass your crease but don’t go all the way to the brow bone). With a deeper rose-gold color, trace the area around your lash lines, with extra emphasis on the top outer-corner.
Step 7: Apply a quick coat of mascara. Rachel’s lashes are long, but quite light and feathery here.
Step 8: Coat lips in a bright pink lipstick or stain. My version was too ‘hot’ pink, so I mixed it with white cream makeup.
Step 9: Apply bright pink blush right on the apples of your cheeks, but in an oval shape that slants upward toward your temples.
What makes this look so great? Unlike almost every other star, the focus is on the lips, not the eyes. But don’t be fooled. The lips would be nothing without the complimentary blush. Why else does it rock? There is no contouring and no eyeliner! How easy could this get? (That’s another trick.)