We're calling it: Rosamund Pike is the modern-day answer to Grace Kelly. While the actress favors downright elegant fashion and beauty choices, centered around a black and white wardrobe, Pike’s looks, much like her Gone Girl alter ego Amy Dunne, take a turn for the unexpected. Pike continued her first major red carpet season at last night’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, armed with a soft smoky eye and an intricate business in the front, party in the back updo.
Celebrity makeup artist Georgie Eisdell played off of Pike’s “stunning” Valentino gown, saying, “It was so angelic, I wanted to keep her makeup in the same vein. Soft, effortless with a beautiful glow.” Baszicare’s Astra Eye Contour Cream ($250; baszicare.com) and Vivax Deluge Lift Moisturizer ($480; baszicare.com) provided makeup with a sturdy base, while InStyle favorite, Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer in Nude ($21; sephora.com), and Dior's Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen (on eyes) ($38; sephora.com) added a pre-makeup glow. Charlotte Tilbury’s Beach Stick in Moon Beach (not available in the U.S.), a lip and cheek formula inspired by holidays in Ibiza, was placed on the apples of cheeks, “blending back to create a softness.” For a glow that didn’t verge on shine, Eisdell dusted high points of Pike’s face with La Mer The Powder ($65; neimanmarcus.com), and used Chanel Illuminating Powder ($80; nordstrom.com) on cheeks.
To get Pike's, soft smoky eyes, Eisdell first applied Tom Ford Cream Shadow in Platinum ($42; tomford.com) “on the lid up to the crease and under the eye slightly” and blended the shimmery gold color outward. Bobbi Brown shadows in Buff and Nude “added more depth and lasting powder to the eye.” Instead of liner, Eisdell used Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Mahogany ($24; bobbibrowncosmetics.com) along the lash line, followed by a few coats of YSL Faux Cils Mascara in Black ($30; sephora.com). Slight touches of pink, like Tom Ford powder blush in Love Lust ($57; nordstrom.com) on cheeks, Charlotte Tilbury's lip color in Penelope Pink ($32; nordstrom.com) and a touch of gloss (Tom Ford lip color in Ian ($32; nordstrom.com), added an ethereal quality to the look.
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Kylee Heath, who also created Pike's coveted asymmetrical bob for the Golden Globes, gave the star a tight, yet non-severe updo. “I was inspired by the cut of Rosamund’s dress. We immediately decided we wanted the hair up and thought a sleek middle part would give the look a little edge.” After amping up volume with Serge Normant Meta Lush Volumizer (423; shopsergenormant.com), Heath parted hair in the center and blow dried it straight with an Ibiza Round Brush ($36; nordstrom.com), which created added shine. "From the back of the center part (crown of the head) I created a part running to the top of the left ear and then another to the top of the right ear, and sectioned them away. Then I created a section horizontally running from the top of the left ear over to the top of the right ear.” Heath spritzed R+Co Outer Space Hairspray ($29; randco.com) over the section and combed it back into a tight ponytail, doing the same with the hair underneath the section. “At this point I had two ponytails (one over the other) in the back and two sections clipped off in the front.” Heath grabbed the left section, and applied both hairspray and Kevin Murphy Easy Rider ($33; worldsbesthaircare.com) for grip, and combined it with the bottom ponytail, following with the section on the right.
Heath then twisted the bottom ponytail into a bun, setting with small blonde bobby pins. “Next I teased and twisted the top one into a bun. I pulled them both apart and placed some pins to help intertwine the two buns.” Before sending Pike off to the red carpet, Heath secured the look and kept flyaways at bay with Easy Rife and Oscar Blandi Lacca Hairspray ($25; sephora.com).