Amy Adams' Makeup Artist Made Spring Come Early at the Golden Globes

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Winter is so over.

Celebrity makeup artist Stephen Sollitto admits he never plans a beauty look ahead of time. "I base it on the dress and the girl," he tells Pret-a-Reporter. So when he saw Amy Adams’ vibrant geranium-hued Versace gown, "I just thought, it’s the middle of winter but this color is so vibrant. Why don’t we do a spring/summer thing? I thought tans and bronzes would be brighter and fresher than any winter color." Her breezy wavy hair could have come right off the beach, too.

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His idea to fast-forward to summer came more into focus after he opened his kit and started going through shades. The starting point for his work with Adams, he says, almost always starts with her eyes. "I love focusing on her blue eyes, so I always mentally start there unless she and I have discussed a lip." At the heart of his Golden Globes look was the NARS Eyeshadow Galapagos ($25), which is a golden brown he says appears to have golden diamond flakes in it. “That was very inspirational to me and where I started."

To complement the softly smoky eye and thick lashes he created, Sollitto used a foundation shade a tad darker than her skin (new NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in St. Moritz) for a bronzy appearance, and the "vibrant, vibrant, vibrant" Dual Intensity Blush in Panic ($45). The finishing touch: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel ($32), because it was pigmented but not bright enough to compete with the rest of her face.

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"It’s important to take a step back, like when packing a suitcase, I don’t need 20 sweaters — what can I edit here?" says Sollitto. "Same with hair and makeup at the Globes: It’s not the time to pull out all the bells and whistles or every single trend that may not be appropriate. You need to make sure she’s polished and a great version of herself."