Get the Look: America Ferrera's Sophisticated Makeup

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America Ferrera attended the End of Watch movie premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival looking sophisticated and chic. The actress wore a half-back hairdo, with a (more edgy) little black dress. Celebrity makeup artist, Nick Barose, created America's look for the evening and is sharing his secrets with you!

“For America Ferrera’s End of Watch premiere in Toronto, I wanted to create a sultry, sophisticated look that was grownup, yet fresh, so I used Votre Vu products to focus on her eyes while keeping the lips and cheeks simple and sheer."

Prep

"I prepped America’s face with Votre Vu’s Best Regards Serum Hydratant Pour Le Visage, massaging it into the skin gently and letting it absorb for a few minutes. Then, I used Love Me Deux – Moisture Tint & Concealer Champagne and Provence to even her skin tone: I applied the tinted moisturizer with a dampened sponge for sheer, all-over coverage followed by the Concealer and Concealer Brush for spot treatment and targeted coverage in the under eye area.  Using a tinted moisturizer gave America’s skin a warmer, more sun-kissed look."

Cheeks

"For a slight flush, I asked America to smile and blended the Vu-On Rouge Color Accent for Lips and Face in Ma Cherry into the apples of her cheeks in a circular motion with a sponge. Though it looks heavily pigmented in the tube, the Vu-On Rouge goes on very subtly for just a hint of color. I followed with the Beaute en Bronze Bronzer Duo in Monaco, dusting the highlighter over the Vu-On Rouge for luminosity and applying the bronzer underneath her cheekbones for contour."

Face

"I finished her skin with a dusting of the Belle Poudre HD Sheer Face Finish in Medium, concentrating on the T-zone, to set the makeup. I left a slight sheen on her cheeks so her skin would be glowy, not matte."

Lips

"Then, I used two Votre Vu products to create a simple, healthy lip: the Vu-On Rouge Color Accent for Lips and Face in Ma Cherry added a subtle stain, and a top layer of the Champagne Kisses Enhancing Lip Balm provided just the right amount of luster. With a dramatic eye especially, too-matte lips can seem harsh, while too much gloss can look overdone." 

Eyes

"For America’s eyes, which were the focal point of this look, it was important to be sultry without being made-up and to maintain a spontaneous, easy attitude. While a more deliberately smoky eye can make eyes look rounder, this simple application lengthened and lifted her eyes.

I lined her eyes twice with Le Joli Crayon Soft Eyeliner in Charbon: first to roughly define the line and then to intensify the color.  I started with a thick line along America’s upper lash line and created wings in the outer corners, smudging the entire line slightly. An easy method for achieving a winged, cat-eye look is to draw the wing first and then line the eye starting from the inner corner of the eye and connect the two. Starting with the wing allows you to control the length and angle so you can avoid a line that is two low, which looks droopy. Then, I created a thinner line along half of her lower lash line, again slightly smudging.

For the second layer of liner, I sharpened Le Joli well and focused on dotting the liner into the lash line. Keeping close to the lash line is a very simple way to add intensity to the eyes, and pencils are more user-friendly than liquid liners and allow for more versatility because you can create a softer line. America loved the way the liner pencil made her eyes pop!

After curling, I applied two coats of Eiffel Power Mascara in Charbon to America’s upper lashes. I held the wand horizontally for the first coat and brushed from root to tip. When the first coat was dry, I went back over her lashes holding the wand vertically to add volume, concentrating on the outer corners to accentuate the cat-eye. To finish the look, I applied one coat of Eiffel Power to her lower lashes, and she was ready to go!”

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