This Is the Inspiration for Kirsten Dunst's Dramatic Golden Globes Makeup
Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff referenced many things in the process.
There was no mistaking the sexiness of Kirsten Dunst’s strappy, low-cut velvet Valentino gown at Sunday's Golden Globes. Says her makeup artist Pati Dubroff of the actress's look: "It was about sex appeal, but comfortable, lived-in sex appeal — the kind of eye that gets better as the night goes on and it gets a little messed up. That’s the rock ’n’ roll element, just let it start movin’, and smudgin’ and groovin’."
Those dramatic dark and stormy eyes — which incorporated an eggplant-hued pencil (Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Purple Choc, $33) alongside layered textures of black eye makeup to add dimension and make her blue irises pop — came from a few inspirations. First, “with her stylist, we were talking about John Singer Sergeant paintings, with that incredible contrast of porcelain skin and deep, rich blacks,” explains Dubroff.
Furthermore, the artist (who also did Kate Bosworth's makeup) began thinking about the Fargo star’s personality. "She’s a badass babe, but there’s also something classic about her," says Dubroff. "For the rock ’n’ roll element, I was looking at Helmut Newton images and Debbie Harry." The artist wanted to avoid the dark eye and pale lip thing. "I wanted some vividness, so I chose apricot," she says. "It’s really beautiful with alabaster skin, that classic peaches and cream thing."
To further that feeling, Dubroff made Dunst’s typically dewy skin more matte so it would mimic the velvet of her gown. A bit of apricot-hued blush (Chanel Limited Edition Sunkiss Ribbon Blush, $70) on the apples of her cheeks ensured "she didn’t look gothic," says Dubroff. The multifaceted colors of the fruit carried over into two different lip colors for dimension: first Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Complete Care Lipshine in Article ($37), and then the Script ($37) shade in the center. The result, she says, is "punchy and fun. The color looks like it belongs on her. If I would have done a red lip, it would have been too much Robert Palmer girl."
As for her trick for removing all that smoked-out makeup? Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5) and Micellar Water ($7) with Q-Tips. "There’s nothing worse for the skin than going to bed with the makeup on," says Dubroff.