On Sunday evening at the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards, Emmy Rossum made heads turn in a black Dior dress accented with a metallic split. But that wasn't the only part of her look that stole the spotlight. Her gorgeous red carpet ponytail was also a hit and complemented her timeless makeup. We turned to her makeup artist for the evening, Jo Baker, to find out all of the glamorous details on how she created the camera-ready look, and lucky for us, she spilled all of the beans to InStyle.
The makeup pro explained the inspiration behind her natural makeup by saying, "We often reference and admire the French women and their approach to their uncomplicated, flattering makeup.I enhanced the eyes just enough to draw attention without overpowering the face or this gorgeous Dior dress."
After prepping Rossum’s skin, Baker started sculpting her eyes. The soft and hazy smoky eye was created using the Rimmel London Exaggerate Smoke ’n Shine Eyeliner in Little Black Smokey ($6; ulta.com). With a small brush, the makeup pro smudged the line, which adds the illusion of thicker lashes.
To create a super soft and feminine look on Rossum’s brows Baker “used a lighter brow product like Rimmel London Brow This Way Brow Gel in Blonde ($5; ulta.com). It really helps soften and knock down dark prominent brows. This trick works particularly well on darker hair colors.”
After the eyes were complete, the celebrity makeup artist smoothed on Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation in Ivory ($8; ulta.com) to create an even palette, then went back in and added dimension with Rimmel London Good to Glow Highlighter in Notting Hill Glow ($5; walmart.com) on Rossum’s cheeks and nose.
For the actress’s pretty pastel lip color, Baker says, “No lip liner necessary, I wanted it to feel soft and pretty, but long lasting.” Two coats of Rimmel London Provocalips in Pucker Up ($7; walgreens.com) and a swipe of Rimmel London Keep Calm Lip Balm in Clear ($3; walmart.com) were just enough to complete the Parisian-inspired look.