When Blake Lively steps on a red carpet, she exudes a glow we though only unicorns were capable of emanating. And while her million dollar smile and flaxen hair are a large part of her radiance equation, we’ve got to give props to her makeup artist Kristofer Buckle for working his magic as well. And lucky for us, the pro is opening up about his go-to products and technique for her luminous look.
“Blake trusts her glam team, but she also has a very clear picture of who she is and what she wants to represent so that makes her a great director,” Buckle shares of their seamless get-ready routine. Another perk of collaborating with the actress? “She loves the process, but she has a sense of humor about it as well, so there’s never any drama. The moment happens, then she gets in the mirror, puts her accessories on and she goes out the door!”
For a recent outing to the Michael Kors Collection fashion show, the duo chose a “sculpted nude” look so as not to compete with the “candy apple red” coat she wore. “She wanted it to look like it wasn’t complicated. She wanted it to look like it was spontaneous,” Buckle explains.
So he proceeded with “a manicured look that didn’t make any strong statements.” He continues, “her skin looks alive and vibrant, yet she doesn’t have obvious colors on her face. You see the magic but you don’t see the trick!”
To start, Buckle brushed his Triplicity Foundation in Medium Warm on Lively’s face and neck to even out her complexion. Then he set it with a translucent powder.
Next, he swept a powder highlighter, L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in Golden, across the high points of her cheeks and down the bridge of her nose, then applied L’Oréal Paris’s Visible Lift Radiance Cheek Duo in Romantic In Rose on her cheeks. “I barely brushed it across her cheeks with a really big brush because I didn’t want it to be a defined blush-y moment, I just wanted it to be a wash of color.”
And Buckle has a trick for making a faux flush look au naturale. “I bring the blush up high under the eye. It’s a good trick because blush is really used to simulate the look of blood rushing to the surface of the skin, and when you see someone physically blush, it’s usually really high. So that little extra pink closer to the eyes is actually really natural.”
His finishing touch? A hint of a pink shade on her lips. “I tapped it on her lips to liven them up. Her last name is Lively — we don’t want her to look dead!”
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