Elisabeth Moss' Modern Spin on Pink Makeup

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Elisabeth Moss

“She loves very girly and very feminine things, but we wanted to make it a bit more contemporary,” says artist Daniel Martin

The way makeup artist Daniel Martin tells it, the morning of the Emmys started like any other day with his longtime client Elisabeth Moss, star of The Handmaid’s Tale, and winner of the evening’s outstanding lead actress in a drama series award.

“We’ve been working together for so long, we [Martin, hairstylist Tommy Buckett and nail artist Casey Herman] said, 'We just want this to be a fun day for you,'" says Martin. "We didn’t want to think about hair trends and what we’re going to do with the makeup and making it something."

With that approach in mind, Martin and Moss landed on a soft makeup look — “washes of pink and a bit of shimmer,” Martin says. “[Elisabeth] loves very girly and very feminine things, but we wanted to make it a bit more contemporary, stronger and polished. Mature in the coolest sense.”

Without overthinking it, Martin turned to delicate shades to complement Moss’ custom Prabal Gurung gown. That included a swipe of the new Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain #162 Miss Satin on her lips (a strong departure from Moss’ usual inclination towards a strong lip), and a dusting of Diorblush #846 Lucky Pink blush, highlighted and softened with Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer #002 Pink Glow.

For a dash of pink on the eyes, the artist opted for Diorshow Mono Eye Shadow #826 Backstage, with an illuminating hint of Diorshow Fusion Mono Eye Shadow #001 Lune in the corners. “I used my finger to apply all of the cover. I wanted it to look translucent and sheer,” explains Martin. “Sometimes when you go in with a brush, you deposit too much color, and sometimes pink on camera can look very striking.”

Adds Martin, "We just wanted her to feel as beautiful and confident as she can be on such a special day.”