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In House of Cards, Robin Wright always looks impeccable as Claire Underwood. And last night on the Emmys red carpet, as herself, she was equally pristine. The inspiration for the makeup, however, was not very Claire Underwood.
“Robin and I have been talking about it for a few weeks,” says makeup artist Tricia Sawyer. “She was inspired by her beautiful daughter Dylan, who had just done a photo shoot, and she loved the way her makeup looked.” She adds, “this look is very modern for Robin — a different look for her, and it’s definitely different from Claire.”
To complement Wright’s gorgeous white and black KaufmanFranco gown, Sawyer — who has worked with the star for years —focused on bronzy, smudgy eye makeup and perfect skin, “since it’s all about the skin.” That meant first prepping Wright’s complexion with Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($85) and Prime Protection Dual Action Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($48).
After foundation and a bit of concealer, the makeup artist illuminated the actress’ skin with Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Stick Face Colour in Pink Glow ($32) on the apples of her cheeks and Peach Glow on her cheekbones. Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight-01 ($40) followed on any area that caught light, including cheekbones, cupid’s bow and the bridge of the nose. Sawyer also added a bit of bronzer for more glowy warmth.
A total of 10 different Laura Mercier eye makeup formulas in shades ranging from ballet pink and vanilla to copper and inky black went into Wright’s gorgeous eye look. Considering the volume of products needed to re-create this at home, it’s probably better to focus on attaining the celeb’s covetable complexion.
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