Zoe Kravitz Does Old Hollywood Glamour With a Downtown Twist at Emmys

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The ‘Big Little Lies’ star’s red carpet look is Audrey Hepburn gone a bit gritty.

Zoe Kravitz, says makeup artist Nina Park — who’s been collaborating with the actress since early this year — “has such excellent taste, it’s beyond. She’s got the whole downtown cool, she knows what she likes and she always has input in the looks we decide on together. It’s always effortless, not so perfect and glam, more lived-in and cool.”

Despite the edge she brings to her look thanks to tattoos and a natural attitude, Kravitz is actually an avowed fan of Audrey Hepburn and Mia Farrow, and draws much inspiration from the beauty icons — see her current ‘do and affection for a cat eye. (It’s a coincidence that Hepburn style plays a starring role in Big Little Lies.)

Because of that, Park says they went with a thin cat eye and elongated arched brows to channel the vintage starlet, with a palette of Kravitz’s signature glowy skin. (Park used a Korean face mask and YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum with Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow Moisturizer before any makeup.)

The makeup artist’s pro secret to accomplishing the perfect cat eye: Draw it with the eye open. “I have her open her eyes when I’m applying the wings, that’s first and foremost most important,” says Park. “It’s about pressing into the lash line with a pencil, and following the shape of her eye. Pencil it in, then I used the black in YSL’s eyeshadow palette in Tuxedo to press on top and give it more depth.”

The inspiration for the evening’s makeup was Kravitz’ feathered ombre Christian Dior gown, which Park says from afar “almost looks like a piñata, like crepe paper,” and they translated it into Kravitz’s coral lip. “When we saw the dress and corals we instantly knew it had to appear somewhere in the makeup,” says the artist.

Instead of applying YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture #59 Golden Melon like a regular lipstick, Park says she used a particular technique to achieve a lasting opaque stain. “I used a finger and placed it get a little bit of color but not make it so perfect, either,” she says. “We did it a couple times and blotted it with a tissue, and kept repeating until we got the desired color for the lips.” On top of that went a bit of pressed powder tapped on with a small brush, “for that nice matte lived-in look.”  

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