Sarah Jessica Parker's Low-Key Glamour

Makeup artist Leslie Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker
Jeff Riedel

The working relationship between Parker, 47, and makeup artist Leslie Lopez is one built on trust, though they've had to come to an agreement about lipstick (a little bit of lip, says Lopez; but not too much, counters Parker). "There are things Leslie does that I think are masterful, and I'm not super-well-versed at technically deconstructing it, but I will say it's the way she looks at a face," says Parker. For the amfAR Gala, Lopez, who has been working with Parker for eight years, used charcoal gray and silver shimmer on the eyes, minimal foundation where it was needed ("She has really pretty skin," says Lopez), a touch of bronzer and, yes, a very subtle Dolce & Gabbana nude lipstick. Parker is "not only a client, she's someone I care for. She's down to earth, fun and compassionate."

Says Lopez, "I always feel like it’s a beauty pageant, and of course ...” Finishes Parker, "She always wants to win."

Photographed Nov. 8 by Jeff Riedel at industria Studio in New York City