Sunday evening's Critics' Choice Awards was a special night for Alicia Vikander. Not only did she win the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in The Danish Girl, the Swedish star also stole the spotlight with her amazingly stunning red carpet look. Vikander posed in a Mary Katrantzou design, that was complemented with a radiant fresh face of makeup. It's rare that we get to really take a glimpse into the world of creating such a glamorous celebrity look, but her makeup artist Rachel Goodwin shared with InStyle all of the tips and tricks for creating Vikander's camera-ready makeup.
"Her look is always about understated glamour," said Goodwin of her famous client. "Instead of trying to create dramatic, chameleon looks, I delicately enhanced her natural beauty."
Goodwin blurred the lines of the star's real skin and makeup with Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide ($48; sephora.com). "I also used a bit of the foundation to even out her eyelids. This allows any color that I apply to appear true to its original tone." A dab of the Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in New Moon ($36; nordstrom.com) was swiped over the crease of the actress's lids for instant shimmer.
The secret to Vikander's feathered brows is Goodwin's fail proof brow technique. "With blondes I usually go by the root of the hair and go a shade darker, but with brunettes I like to go a shade lighter, because it offers softness." Goodwin dabbed on Chanel Le Sourcil de Chanel Perfect Brows in Brun ($55; nordstrom.com) to enhance the actress's arches. "I really love that palette as an artist because I’m able to mix colors. Sometimes there isn’t a magic color and you do have to mix."
To score pretty brows like Vikander's, "make sure that you’re not getting the powder on the actual hair, but that you’re getting it on the skin behind the hair," suggested Goodwin. "That is how you’re going to get the most natural effect. Make sure you’re not going in line with the hair growth, but going against it and backwards into the skin, then taking the brush and combing through backwards to get a really softened effect."
"Her almond eyes are beautiful already so I don’t like to amplify the shape," said Goodwin. Her solution? "I did a slightly straight line versus an upward sloped angle using Chanel Écriture de Chanel Eyeliner Pen in Noir ($35; saks.com). I started at the edge of her eye and made a straight line that connected to the top."
As for adding drama to Vikander's lashes, Goodwin kept the possibility of tears in mind. "I had a feeling she would win, so I did not want to use any mascara on the bottom," she said. "I focused the Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir ($32; nordstom.com) on her upper lashes, and I kept the bottom of her eyes very clean with the exception of a tiny bit of a RMS Beauty Living Luminizer ($38; net-a-porter.com) on the inner corners. This hint of sparkle mirrored the whimsical embellishments of her gown."
Once her eyes were complete, Vikander's cheeks were flushed with the flattering Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush in Desire ($24; ritueldefille.com). To maximize the glow, Goodwin highlighted her cheekbones with the help of Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Palette ($28; sephora.com)
The Hollywood girl's fresh face wasn't completed until Goodwin stained Vikanders lips with the Troy Surratt Automatique Lip Crayon in Valentine ($34; barneys.com), solidifying another stunning red carpet look.