Close your eyes and picture your favorite celebrity. What do you see? Do you wish you could look just like them? Are you in love with a certain celebrity “signature” look, but think that you could not possibly replicate their makeup?
Makeup Artists create favored looks for celebrity clients all the time and as you can probably imagine, famous faces are very opinionated! They know what they like and what they don’t like! When you are constantly in the public eye and your photo is taken daily by the paparazzi, looking your best all the time becomes an obsession.
The Pros were recently inspired by the current issue of Interview Magazine featuring Megan Fox and her "look-a-like" mannequin! We thought if a fake, life-sized bunch of plastic parts could exactly resemble the "in-the-flesh" Megan, then we certainly can help our IMPO readers with their makeup "look-a-like" desires!
Whether you love to wear a smokey eye daily or prefer a more natural look, the point of this post is to help guide you toward a look that is comfortable and easy for you to replicate.
The Pros have complied a few famous celebrity “signature” looks below and the products we would use to recreate their “look-a-likes,” but remember, while it is healthy for your self-esteem to improve your makeup skills and “steal” a look from one these beauties, you will not look exactly like them no matter how hard you try so, be happy with the gorgeous face you have been given!
The Angelina Jolie look:
Angelina is one of Hollywood’s most notorious beauties who made her film debut along side her very famous father in the 1982 film Lookin’ To Get Out, but we love her because of her incredible humanitarian work as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.
Replicate Angie's famous Vanity Fair cover by using the following Chanel products:
Foundation: Vitalumiere Foundation, which is for skin that needs more hydration. This formula will help target the dull, uneven areas of the face and smooth away imperfections. Only apply product on the areas of the face that need coverage.
Concealer: Correcteur Perfection, which you should only apply where needed. This is a lightweight, gel-based concealer with all-day staying power. Very smooth finish so it won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles. Use under the eye area, on cheeks and around the mouth to brighten dark areas.
Powder: Poudre Universelle Libre, is a loose setting powder that provides sheer and light coverage with a soft matte finish. It helps to even out skin tone and disguises imperfections. This product does contain photo-reflective pigments so use sparingly, especially if you are going to be photographed using a flash.
Eyeshadow: Ligne Et Ombre De Chanel in Jet Gold is an eyeshadow and eyeliner in one compact. Apply gold eyeshadow from lashes to brow bone and blend using a fluffy eyeshadow brush. Use a pointed eyeliner brush to glide on the jet-black liner along upper lash line and “flick” up at the outer corners to create a "cat eye" look. Remember - do not smudge liner, you are creating a very defined line.
Mascara: Inimitable in Noir Black will deliver volume, length, curl and separation in a single stroke. Contains Pro-Vitamin B5 for hydration and conditioning of the lashes.
Brows: Le Sourcil De Chanel in Brun contains three powder shades that can be blended together to achieve a perfectly arched brow. Use a stiff bristled angle brush and short brush strokes to fill in the brows.
Cheeks: Soleil Tan De Chanel in Terre Halee illuminates the skin! Oil-free bronzing powder that creates and sculpts those fierce runway cheekbones! Apply with an angle brush and blend toward the ear.
Lips: Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon is pure indulgence! Intense color and shine that last for hours. Extremely hydrating formula with full coverage.
These products would also work to recreate the classic red lip looks below on Cate Blanchet and Taylor Swift by simply adjusting lip and cheek colors, as well as foundation, concealer and powder.
The Michelle Yeoh look:
Michelle is best known for her roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and her role as the graceful Mameha in Memoirs of a Geisha. This beauty was born in Malaysia and makes turning 48 years old hot!
To recreate Michelle's look use the following products from BECCA Cosmetics:
Foundation: Luminous Skin Colour is a combination tinted moisturizer and sheer foundation all in one. Contains an SPF 25, it protects against UVA and UVB rays. Apply with fingers, sponge or brush over entire face. Note: additional moisturizer is not required as this is an excellent moisturizing foundation, however please feel free to use serums or other accoutrement prior to application.
Concealer: Compact Concealer is a true innovation that cleverly contains two highly pigmented formulations within one compact. Extra coverage and Medium coverage allows you to control layering and mixing in order to hide blemishes, scars, birthmarks and under eye discolorations. Apply using fingertips in a rolling motion to blend into the skin.
Bronzer: Brazilian Bronzing Sheen is an ultra sheer bronzing crème that can be used on all areas of the face, eyes and lips. 100% orange-free, use your finger tips to blend into the temples, under cheekbones or across the cheeks and chin for a warm, sun kissed glow. Applied too much bronzer? No problem! Slightly dampen a sponge with water and blend into the skin before you set with powder.
Shimmer: Pressed Shimmer Powder in Odette can be used to set bronzer and provide a pop of color on the cheek. This product contains light shimmer particles to deflect light and illuminate the skin. You can also apply to temples, forehead and brow bone using a fluffy powder brush.
Powder: Fine Loose Finishing Powder in Ginger can be used in place of the Pressed Shimmer Powder if you want a more demi-mat finish or in conjunction with to “set” makeup for maximum staying power! If you choose to use both powders together, then the Pros suggest you use this product sparingly so as not to create a cakey buildup around the nose. Apply with a fan brush and tap off excess product before applying to skin.
Eyeshadow: Avalon Palette is a combination of five universally flattering shades for the eyes and cheeks. Begin with Doeskin (fawn pink) and apply from eyelid to brow blending with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. In the crease use Tweed (burnished brown) and buff in the colors to look as if they blend together seamlessly. Return to the Doeskin and apply to the lower lash line and use Tweed in outer upper and bottom corners – blend. Use Barbarella (black) and a pointed eyeliner brush to line eyes and blend.
Mascara: The Ultimate Mascara in Black with form binding “tubes” wrap around the lashes enabling fast drying, long lasting wear with easy removal. This is an advanced, water-resistant formula that will lengthen and thicken your lashes. One to two coats on upper and lower lashes.
Brows: Brow Powders are velvety soft colors that will help you create that perfect arch. Try a combination of Medium and Auburn depending on your natural brow color.
Lips: Beach Tint in Peach, stain your lips with color! Blot and reapply for a long lasting, smudge proof pout! Use fingertips to apply.
The above products would also work well in replicating the natural looks below on Jami Lee Curtis and Regina King by simply adjusting foundation, concealer and powder colors.
Artist Tip: if you would like to try a different lip color than the one suggested above, remember to find a suitable cheek color, which compliments the lip color (i.e., pinky tones on lips then choose a pinky tone for the cheeks).
The Kristen Stewart look:
Kristen Stewart is best known for her role as Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga, but the Pros loved her as Joan Jett in this year’s film The Runaways! Born and raised in Los Angeles, her acting career began at age 8 and her entire family works behind the camera! We love her signature rock n' roll style.
To master Kristen’s modern smokey eye look use the following products from M.A.C.:
Eyeshadow: Mineralize Eye Shadow in Blue My Mind, is a trio of matte mineralized shadow. Start with the eyes first to make cleaning up fall out shadow easy before applying foundation. Begin with a light wash of color from lid to crease using Satin light blue (the lightest shade) and blend with a large, fluffy eyeshadow brush. Move on to Pearly deep teal and apply to outer lid and crease area (making a V shape) using a pressing motion and a shorter, stiffer bristled eyeshadow brush. The pressing motion will help control fall out and payoff of color will be greater, blend and smudge using a clean, fluffy eye shadow brush. Finish this look by using Satin black in outer corners of upper lash line and under lower lash line - smudge & smoke. Clean up under eyes, reapply primer or eye cream and let sink in to the skin.
Liner: Fluidline in Blacktrack is a smooth, gel formula that provides the precision of a liquid liner with a softer finish. Smudge proof and long wearing, apply with pointed eyeliner brush. Dip into product and apply inside of upper and lower water line.
Foundation: Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 is a fluid foundation that blends naturally into the skin. Provides a low-to-medium buildable coverage with a slightly luminous look. Kristen is pretty fair, maybe an NC 20, but M.A.C.’s color range is wide so finding the perfect shade that matches your skin tone exactly should not be a problem. Apply using fingers, sponge or brush. Artist Tip: match your foundation to your neck or throat to avoid a line of demarcation at the jaw.
Concealer: Select Moisturecover is a very blendable moisturizing concealer in a tube with a built in applicator. Use under eye, on cheeks and around mouth to counter act darkness and discolorations. Apply using applicator and blend with fingertips. Artist Tip: dark shades on the face are blue in tone so choose a concealer with a salmon (orange-ish) undertone to cut the blue color and make it disappear.
Powder: Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is a gorgeous face powder with minerals slowly baked into the product to provide a natural-matte finish. Use to set foundation and concealer. Apply with a large powder brush.
Cheeks: Mineralize Blush in Soft Meow is a shot of color that provides a subtle glow to the skin. The ultimate nude cheek color! Apply with blush brush.
Mascara: Zoom Lash in Zoomblack provides major drama, which is just what you will need to finish off your modern smokey eye look. This creamy formula builds density and conditions. Two to three coats on upper lashes and one to two coats on bottom lashes are acceptable.
Lips: Cremesheen Glass in Fashion Whim is the finishing touch that this look demands. This formula is non-sticky and goes on smoothly. Skip the lip liner. Want a lipstick alternative? Try Crème d’Nude (pale, muted peach beige).
These products would also work well to recreate the rocker chick look below on Avril Lavigne by adjusting foundation, concealer and powder. Want to bump up that smokey eye look? Try using a pair of great false lashes!
Note: not all product photos shown in this post reflect the color choice listed.