This Is How to Get Cara Delevingne's Rock 'n' Roll VMAs Makeup

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Cara Delevingne

Makeup artist Molly R. Stern breaks it down.

Taylor Swift wasn’t the only one looking flawless at Sunday night’s VMAs — her whole squad was on fire. Cara Delevingne stood out in her chic and flirty Saint Laurent star-print dress, which was perfectly complemented by cool, simple makeup.

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"I wanted Cara to look effortless, with a subtle edge of rock ’n’ roll," says makeup artist Molly R. Stern, who also works with Reese Witherspoon and Kirsten Dunst. "To do this everything had to be done softly to keep her looking fresh."


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Delevingne’s skin glowed thanks to a trio of prep products: Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist ($35), ReVive’s antioxidant-infused Defensif Renewal Serum ($235) and Natura Bisse Oxygen Cream ($88). Her cheekbones popped with Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Desired Glow, ($32) which Stern applied "in the hollows of her cheeks."

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To achieve the perfect edgy eye, the makeup maven first smudged taupe cream eye shadow on the model's/actress’ lids, before dusting a sheer layer of silvery YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadow in 15 Frasque ($30) over the top. "Next I tightly lined her lash line top and bottom using Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Cat Eye Collection Liquid Eyeliner in Ultra Black ($8)," then smudged and extended it using another liner.

Two coats of mascara finished the eye, and to complete Delevingne’s  ook, Stern bumped up her bare lips a bit with the matte, nude-tone Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope in Star System ($50).   

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