Glee fans were treated to Sarah Jessica Parker's first appearance on the Fox show as Isabelle Wright, the fictional editor of Vogue.com. But makeup artist Elaine Offers, who created Parker's look, went to the non-fiction for inspiration: "I was inspired by Carine Roitfeld, editor in chief of CR Fashion Book and former editor of Vogue Paris. She always has that timelessly sexy rock and roll look to her eyes that is never too perfect, but always appropriate."
Parker's character Isabelle is a failed fashion designer turned editor who lacks conviction in her managerial role. "She's a woman who doesn't spend a lot of time in the morning putting on makeup," says Offers. "She is minimalistic: A signature smoky eye that she throws on in a minute, a pinch of rosiness in her cheeks and a touch of gloss for shine." To achieve this simplicity, Offers used foundations from Armani and KohGenDoh, Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Moist Glow in Bliss (a cream blush that she patted onto the apple of Parker's cheek to give a natural flush) and Dior Addict Lip Maximizer in a sheer pink shade on the lips. For the eyes, Offers defined them with Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Jungle and used a coat of L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black.
Glee's creator Ryan Murphy previously revealed that Vogue editor Anna Wintour would assist with Parker's wardrobe for the musical comedy. The costume collaboration — and makeup inspiration — marks Parker's ongoing lovefest with the fashion magazine. Parker's shoe-loving alter ego Carrie Bradshaw worked as a freelance writer for Vogue on Sex and the City. And, Carrie's dramatic duchess satin Vivienne Westwood wedding gown for her "almost wedding" to Mr. Big (Chris Noth) appeared in the pages of Vogue in the SATC movie.
Although Offers is known for her film and television work (Savages, Game Change), she also shows her versatility on the red carpet with clients including Julianne Moore (most recently at the Primetime Emmy Awards) and Blake Lively. In comparison with TV or film looks, she says her red carpet work is "much more glamorous with lots of dimension and color to withstand the bright flashbulbs of the paparazzi's cameras."