This Is the Inspiration for Kirsten Dunst's Dramatic Golden Globes Makeup

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Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff referenced many things in the process.

There was no mistaking the sexiness of Kirsten Dunst’s strappy, low-cut velvet Valentino gown at Sunday's Golden Globes. Says her makeup artist Pati Dubroff of the actress's look: "It was about sex appeal, but comfortable, lived-in sex appeal — the kind of eye that gets better as the night goes on and it gets a little messed up. That’s the rock ’n’ roll element, just let it start movin’, and smudgin’ and groovin’."


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Those dramatic dark and stormy eyes — which incorporated an eggplant-hued pencil (Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Purple Choc, $33) alongside layered textures of black eye makeup to add dimension and make her blue irises pop — came from a few inspirations. First, “with her stylist, we were talking about John Singer Sergeant paintings, with that incredible contrast of porcelain skin and deep, rich blacks,” explains Dubroff.

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Furthermore, the artist (who also did Kate Bosworth's makeup) began thinking about the Fargo star’s personality. "She’s a badass babe, but there’s also something classic about her," says Dubroff. "For the rock ’n’ roll element, I was looking at Helmut Newton images and Debbie Harry." The artist wanted to avoid the dark eye and pale lip thing. "I wanted some vividness, so I chose apricot," she says. "It’s really beautiful with alabaster skin, that classic peaches and cream thing."


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To further that feeling, Dubroff made Dunst’s typically dewy skin more matte so it would mimic the velvet of her gown. A bit of apricot-hued blush (Chanel Limited Edition Sunkiss Ribbon Blush, $70) on the apples of her cheeks ensured "she didn’t look gothic," says Dubroff. The multifaceted colors of the fruit carried over into two different lip colors for dimension: first Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Complete Care Lipshine in Article ($37), and then the Script ($37) shade in the center. The result, she says, is "punchy and fun. The color looks like it belongs on her. If I would have done a red lip, it would have been too much Robert Palmer girl."

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As for her trick for removing all that smoked-out makeup? Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5) and Micellar Water ($7) with Q-Tips. "There’s nothing worse for the skin than going to bed with the makeup on," says Dubroff.