Emmys Beauty: Allison Williams Tries Yellow Eyes. And She Succeeds.

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Makeup artist Pati Dubroff shares the how and why behind the red-carpet face of our favorite priss on "Girls"

When it comes to Girls actress Allison Williams’ fresh, pretty-in-pink Emmys makeup inspiration, it all started with her Giambattista Valli gown. Or specifically, its yellow waist.

“Allison sent me a picture of the dress this weekend, and the thing that really popped out for me was the incredible yellow sash,” says celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff. “I wanted to integrate that jolt of color somewhere, and if it couldn’t be lipstick, then I wanted it somewhere on the eye.”

Not only was it important to Dubroff that she use yellow somewhere in the look, she wanted to emphasize Williams’ fresh-from-vacation tan and freckles. “I wanted to make sure her sun-kissed look was played up, not disguised or overly bronzed,” she says.

Thus she started with Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer (to eliminate the need for powder) and then buffed in a bit of Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 in Light Medium Honey, thinning it out so her freckles showed through. Dubroff brushed on Tarte Park Avenue Princess Bronzer to enhance her tan, then added a pop of Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Fearless on the apples of her cheeks.

Next, she amped up Williams’ enviable brows with Tarte The Brow Architect in Medium-Tan — “they don’t take much but I wanted to give them even more definition since the rest of the face was so soft,”she says.

The eyes were really where the shades of the dress came into play. “First, I used a matte eyeshadow in Ochre from Pati Dubroff Dream Palette to contour the crease of the eye and bring it up to the brow bone. Then I added a flash of pink on the lid.” Next came Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in a peachy-pink Golden Beige in the center of the lid, and Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in 88 Abstraction on top.

Then it was time for the yellow. “I used a bright golden yellow shadow pencil from NARS called Corcovado in the upper inner corner of the eye so there’s a little flash,”says Dubroff. “It did this incredible thing and really made the blue of her eyes pop. When I did it, Allison immediately looked in the mirror and said, ‘Oh, that’s amazing!’ If I had done the whole lid it would have been crazy for a red carpet, because it’s not a runway where you pull out crazy tricks. But the little accent was really special.”

She completed the eyes with a short flick of Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liquid Eyeliner on the outer third of the upper lash line, and coated her lashes in Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara.

Finally, Dubroff echoed the shades in the dress bodice by using the very natural Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Lucky to define Williams’ lips and then adding Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Golden Pink to give a bit of sheen at the center. Pretty in pink — and yellow — indeed! 

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