How to Get Reese Witherspoon’s Powerful Red Lip

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"It’s a totally wearable real look,” says her makeup artist, Molly R. Stern, of the bold Emmys statement.

Reese Witherspoon was being acknowledged for both her acting and producing roles at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night, accolades she seems to have taken into consideration when selecting her look for the evening. The power suit–esque dress by Stella McCartney was paired with a strong center part and bold red lip. “I wanted Reese’s look to be strong, simple and sexy,” says her makeup artist Molly R. Stern. “Her beauty had glamour and power.”

To get inspired, Stern searched Pinterest for clean makeup with a red lip, collecting a combination of runway looks and starlets for her mood board. What she ended up creating for the Elizabeth Arden storyteller-in-chief is what she calls a “totally wearable look. It’s a lot of voluminous lashes and a bold, powerful lip.”

Stern prepped Witherspoon’s clean complexion with an energizing spritz of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist before sparingly applying a sheer bit of foundation to even and warm her skin. A pop of creamy blush, spot of shadow and several coats of Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara in Stunning Black followed, building a luscious feathered finish.

Like a true girl boss, fitting for her Big Little Lies character and producer role, “Reese is the most ideal client. She totally and completely trusts that her team is the best at what we do,” says Stern. “I gave her my ideas and she was immediately on board.” That includes, of course, the ultimate red lip, which served to punctuate her look. Says Stern, “I finished off her look by applying Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Power Red on her lips because… well, obviously!”