Amy Poehler Scores a Red-Carpet Beauty Win

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The secret lies in the skin prep, says artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen.

"I have a rule that there are three things that matter for the red carpet: hair, makeup and dress," says makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen. "And only two can be strong."

So when it came to Amy Poehler's look at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, it was clear that the comedienne's embroidered Andrew Gn dress and makeup took center stage. "The dress was quite powerful," says Reiss-Andersen, who opted for a timeless, classic makeup look for the star that riffed on her dramatic ensemble. "You could take this look and put it on a thousand dresses, and it would still work."

But before Reiss-Andersen could even think about makeup, she had to prep Poehler's skin. To do so, she turned to  Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque ($32) ("it tightens the skin and minimizes the pores, and makes it a happier camper for the ride"), which she left on for six minutes and washed off with lukewarm water followed by a splash of cold. Next, she slathered Poehler's face with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream ($27) and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($28).

Emphasizing Poehler's eyes as the main focus of the look, Reiss-Andersen used Elizabeth Arden's Beautiful Color Smoky Eyes Pencil in Pine ($19) to draw out the emerald tones of Poehler's gown. "I started with a thin line at the inner corner of the eye and drew it thicker  as I made my way towards the outer corner," says Reiss-Andersen. After dusting Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Duo in Tempting Taupe ($29) across the lid and in the crease, the artist highlighted the center of the lid with Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in Shimmering Copper applied from the crease to the lash line. Reiss-Andersen finished off the eyes with Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara in Stunning Black ($24) for an extra dose of drama.

"You could take this look and put it on a thousand dresses, and it would still work," says Reiss-Andersen. "It's classic and timeless."