Get the Low-Key Look: Celebs at the WHCD


                    By Suze Makeup 4/30/16  White House Correspondents’ Dinner

This year’s WHCD brought out the celebrities on the red carpet in Washington, D.C. for the last of Obama’s dinners.  The “Nerd Prom” has some over the top outfits with trains and such, however, Oscar winner from “Spotlight” Tom and his wife Wendy McCarthy opted for low-key glamour to look good through the dinner and after parties.

After exchanging inspiration looks and ideas, we went with the soft and glowing skin with a punch of lashes and a berry lip. For hair, the simplicity of braiding offset her dress of black lace.

To get the makeup look, try the steps below.

STEP 1: Prime with Smashbox Photofinish

I always start with Smashbox primer to fill in any pores or roughness in order to create a smooth canvas.

STEP 2: Mix Light and Dark Foundation like Armani Fluid Silk

Armani’s foundation is liquid silk.  I used two shades. one light and the other a bit darker to create dimension on her face. The skin breathes through so that a glow is evident and makes the skin touchable.

STEP 3: Highlight with Smashbox Halo Highlighter

To catch light and create accents, blend the Smashbox highlighter just above the cheekbones at the cupid’s bow and down the center of the nose.

STEP 4: Dab the cheeks with Armani Blushing Fabric Second Skin

Lynda Carter taught me to add a flush of color to the apples of the cheeks.  Smile–those pillows of plumpness get the rouge. Who would question Wonder Woman?

STEP 5: Fill Brows with Anastasia Brow Wiz

Eyebrows are too important to bleach or pluck away. Emphasis the eyes with this tried and true focal point.

STEP 6: Apply Faux Lashes by Ardell

You can use a strip and add individual lashes to accentuate the eyes. The drama is worth the sticky glue and any struggle in application. Let the glue dry a bit, especially in a humid climate, before you put the fake lashes along the lash line.

STEP 7: Line Eyes with Smashbox Gel Liner and Shade with Bronze

A little Adele wing complements the faux lashes. Use bronze eyeshadow in the crease and to blend out the line to make things smokey but ethereal.

FINISH with a touch of powder on the nose if needed.


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