We knew we were in for a treat when news broke that Idina Menzel would be kicking off last night's Super Bowl festivities by singing the national anthem, and as soon as she hit that first note of the "Star Spangled Banner," the term "out of this world" didn't even begin to describe her performance. Clad in a chic black jumpsuit, the star's soft, touchable waves and Earth-toned makeup served as the perfect accents to her look.
"This whole week with Idina has been amazing, she's super happy and so ecstatic to follow behind the likes of Whitney Houston, Beyonce, and Cher in singing the national anthem," says her hairstylist Ted Gibson. "The look I created is her favorite, and is classic Idina---the Gibson girl wave!" The pro started with freshly shampooed strands, and cocktailed three products to impart a breezy texture; Gibson applied Kerastase Volumifique Mousse ($42; kerastase-usa.com) all over, then misted the Volumifique Spray ($40; kerastase-usa.com) onto her mid-lengths and ends before finishing with a dollop of the Densimorphose Mousse ($42; kerastase-usa.com). "I find that the combination of these products gives hair amazing body, texture, and lift," he adds. Gibson rough-dried her strands until most of the moisture was out, then polished individual areas with a round bristle brush. After forming a deep side part, he wrapped sections around a curling iron, making sure to leave the ends out. "This trick is the difference between your mother's curls, and the effortless wave that is everything right now," says Gibson. "I finished the wave by flat ironing the ends." He broke up the texture using his hands, then finished with a veil of L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray ($15; ulta.com).
Menzel's makeup artist Kristofer Buckle stuck to amped-up neutrals to create an understated eye, which he paired with a nude lip and a pop-of-color blush. "Idina has gigantic olive green eyes, so with my Always Flawless Day to Night Palette ($48; beautysmostwanted.com), I smoked the black shadow in Scandal to the outer corners, and added Backstage, the deep brown hue, to her creases to accentuate her almond shape," he says. A sweep of apricot blush and Buckle's Nude Mood Lip Crayon from the Absolute Nude set ($42 for four; beautysmostwanted.com) topped off the effect.