Makeup Monday: Melissa Benoist's Beauty Guru on Getting Supergirl Globes Ready
Fiona Stiles reveals the technique behind the actress' floral-inspired makeup, plus gives a behind-the-scenes look at the crazed life of a makeup artist on awards day.
The term “fresh faced” may be as cliche as they come when referring to a Hollywood actress’ beauty, but in the case of Melissa Benoist at the Golden Globes, her makeup look gave new life to the expression.
From the delicate floral pattern of her Monique Lhuillier dress, to the soft pink shine of her Irene Neuwirth drop earrings, the 27-year-old Supergirl star had a bright and rosy glow about her, which was all the inspiration her makeup artist Fiona Stiles needed.
“Melissa’s dress was sophisticated and feminine with very clean lines,” said Stiles, “The delicate floral details served as inspiration for a fresh, simple and clean beauty look.”
Here, the makeup artist shares the key techniques and products used to enhance Benoist’s beauty, plus a behind- the-scenes look at how an incredibly busy celeb artist like Stiles preps for the glittering marathon that is awards season.
The (Artist) Prep:
Ah, so organized before it all starts. Let the chaos commence.
We all make do with what's available....
I carry hundreds, possibly thousands, of products with me every time I go to work and it always boils down to just a few essentials. Of course if I just brought a handful of stuff I'd surely need whatever I left at home, so better safe than sorry.
Ever wonder what the trunk of an L.A. makeup artists' car looks like? It looks like the storage room at Sephora. There's no room for groceries or anything else. Don't ask me to pick you up from the airport because there's no room for your suitcase. #sorrynotsorry
HOW TO GET MELISSA BENOIST'S "FRESH FACED" BEAUTY:
The Flawless Skin and Dewy Cheek:
“Foundation and spot concealer provided sheer coverage,” says Stiles, “helping to keep the skin looking fresh. Before applying a loose powder, I used Mary Kay At Play Lip & Cheek Stick in Razzleberry ($10) on the cheek. After setting with a loose powder, I applied Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color Duo in Ripe Watermelon ($18). I blended the electric pink color in with foundation to soften it a bit but still give a nice highlight. Next, I used Mary Kay Sheer Dimensions Powder in Pearls ($34) for a smooth, natural glow. This created two layers of blush plus the highlighter to get juicy-looking skin.”
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream ($100), Touche Eclat YSL Foundation in B20 ($42) and Chanel Poudre Universelle libre in 20 Clair-Translucent 1 ($52) were also used for the actress’ complexion.
The “Pop of Black” Eyeliner:
“The Mary Kay Eyeliner in MK Black ($12) was applied to the water line and pushed up into the lash line to give us the pop of intensity we wanted for the look,” says Stiles. “To soften the eye, I used Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Granite ($8) on top and under the lash line. For the lashes, I prepped with Mary Kay Lash Primer and Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara in I ♥ Black ($15) on top and bottom for fullness.”
The Natural Lip:
“The lips were pale to support an overall elegant and clean look,” says Stiles. “We went with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Soft Blush ($12) and Mary Kay True Dimensions Sheer Lipstick in Posh Pink ($18) for a smooth satin finish.”