Claire Foy's Art-Deco Makeup Moment at the Emmys
Makeup artist Quinn Murphy updates the iconic red lip.
"I have always been a fan of artist Tamara de Lempicka,” says makeup artist Quinn Murphy, referencing the late art deco painter known best for her portraiture. “What would her woman look like today?”
For the answer, look no further than Claire Foy’s makeup at the Emmys on Sunday — Murphy's contemporary take on the red-lipped women who dominated the artist’s iconic works in the 1920s and 1930s.
“I definitely wanted a lip that was eye-catching, pigmented and bright,” says Murphy, who was also inspired by the crystal-embellished bustline of Foy’s black Oscar De La Renta jumpsuit. Using two vibrant shades (Rouge Charnel and First Light) from Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour line, Murphy went to work on The Queen star's bold pout.
The key to making it more au courant? “Claire and I both agreed on a blurred edge,” Murphy says. “Instead of it being drawn on, I used my ring finger and patted the color on, focusing on the center of the mouth and blurring the edges of it. I thought it gave it a much more modern approach, and with a color that’s shocking, it makes it a little soft.”
t’s also a way to experiment with bold lip colors. “I think it’s an easy way for most women who aren’t red-lip girls to try it,” says Murphy. “It’s more of a stain. It feels a little more lived-in and less presentational.”