5 Days, 5 Ways: Rachel McAdams
January 12, 2010: Berlin
THE HAIR "These are '40s-inspired finger-waves," said Sebastian Professional hairstylist Thomas Dunkin. "The Berlin weather-and Rachel's gorgeous dress-inspired the glamorous look." After setting the hair in curlers, he combed through the waves with a natural bristle brush and asked McAdams to shake her head. "It gives the style an easy, sexy feel," he said.
THE MAKEUP "Rachel and I agreed this wine-toned lipstick was more modern than a classic red," said makeup artist Kayleen McAdams. (And yes, they are related. Sisters!) She extended the star's eyebrows with a dark, thick line and added clusters of false lashes at the outer corners. "To balance the strong eyes, I mixed highlighter and bronzer to define the face rather than blush it," she said.
January 13, 2010: Madrid
THE HAIR "This is an unstructured updo with tons of volume," said Dunkin. "I love the way the tightly pulled-back height opens up the neckline of her dress and allows for dramatic makeup."
THE MAKEUP "The dress was nude, and Rachel has such fair skin that we gave the face color with a rosy, burgundy eye," said McAdams. "The real trick was blending-I used many different shadows and shades to find the perfect look."
December 14, 2009: London
THE HAIR "This is a textured, asymmetrical side braid," said Dunkin. He started the French braid behind McAdams's left ear-rather than at the crown-and pinned-in random pieces for a "haphazard, playful" touch.
THE MAKEUP "In old paintings the women have a rouge lip and full brows, but minimal cheeks and eyes-I did my own version of that," said McAdams. She chose a brownish red lipstick and defined the eyes with pastel shadow. "Resist the urge to use blush," she said. "A bare cheek can be key for achieving that Victorian feel."
January 15, 2010: Paris
THE HAIR "I wanted a style that was fun and touchable," said Dunkin. "A great blow-out was the answer." He dried the hair section-by-section and finished with a sheer hairspray for light hold.
THE MAKEUP "After all the dramatic looks on the rest of the tour, I wanted to keep Paris very natural," said McAdams. She blended gray and pink shadows on the eyes and juicy pink gloss on her lips. "I matched her cheeks to the lips," she said.
December 17, 2009: New York City
THE HAIR "Simply put, it's a half updo. When you're on the red carpet people want to see you, not your hair," said Danilo, who created this look. "Pinning the sides back is a compromise." He also left the bangs breezy and undone: "They were growing out and we just went with it," he said. "It gives the entire style ease."
THE MAKEUP "Rachel is so pretty, I wanted this look to be a little more rock and roll," said makeup artist Matin Maulawizada, who created it. "I drew all along her eyelid with black pencil and smudged it with my fingers so that the color faded to the brow bone." To make the eyes pop, Maulawizada blended ivory liquid foundation one shade lighter than her natural skin tone, and kept the lips soft with pale pink balm.