Makeup The 15 Sexiest Celebrity Makeup Looks of the Moment

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Mila Kunis, and Scarlett Johansson know a thing or two about turning heads (and breaking hearts)—they are some of the sexiest women in the world, after all. Here’s how to steal their most smoldering makeup looks.
August 8, 2012

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Mila Kunis’s diffused cat eyes somehow look both soft and bold, and just the right amount of slept-in. To get the look, rim the inside of the eyes with a black pencil (try Estée Lauder Artist’s Eye Pencil in SoftSmudge Black), smudging along the lower lash line. Then brush a neutral shadow into the crease, says makeup artist Meredith Baraf. Next, dot the outer corners with liner. Using a Q-tip, drag the mark outward half an inch. Lightly dip an angled eye-shadow brush into a soft black shade like M.A.C. Eye Shadow in Print and swipe on top. Blend with a fluffy brush and pile on tons of mascara.

We’re usually too busy gushing over Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s insane body to notice her makeup, but the jolt of bright pink on her lips has officially gotten our attention. To steal her just-bitten look, first exfoliate lips with a scrub, like Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, to get rid of any dry flakes. Then apply a vivid, rosy lipstick, like Dior Addict Lipstick in It Pink. “Make sure you pat and blot with a tissue so the color doesn’t look too heavy before topping with a clear balm,” Baraf says.

Scarlett Johansson’s sparkle-flecked shadow might be sheer, but it definitely doesn’t go unnoticed. Get it by lining the outer corners of the eyes with only black shadow, then sweeping a sheer glittery layer (think Nars Night Series Eyeshadow in Night Star) over the lids and up to the brow bones, Baraf says. To make the eyes appear even brighter, line the lower inner rims with a nude pencil. Plump up lashes with a few coats of volumizing mascara—Baraf’s favorite is L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black—and you’re as good as gold.

It’s so classic, it’s almost boring—until you see it well done, like on drop-dead glamorous Zoe Saldana. Begin by painting a black stripe along the upper lashes with liquid liner (Benefit Magic Ink Jet-Black Liquid Eyeliner does the trick). The line should get thicker as it moves toward the outer corners. “Make sure you don’t cover the entire lid with liner,” Baraf says. “It will look too heavy.” Then apply a bright red like Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Poppy Love on lips. The finishing touch: Smooth a bit of concealer around the cupid’s bow for precision. “It completely makes lips pop,” she says.

We’re not usually fans of drama, but we’ll make an exception for Jessica Alba’s smoldering eyes. “The silver shadow opens them up and makes them look so much bigger,” Baraf says. To get the look, define the inner rims with black liner, smudging at the corners. Then dust a gunmetal shadow (L’Oréal Paris Wear Infinité Studio Secrets Professional Eye Shadow in Pure Silver is a gorgeous option) across lids, blending upward, then underneath the eyes. Sweep a neutral brown, such as Burberry Beauty Sheer Eye Shadow in Midnight Brown, into the crease. Sweep metallic shadow underneath the eyes toward the outer corners, and finish with a coat of volumizing mascara like Maybelline New York The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara.

Minka Kelly’s radiant complexion looks effortlessly sexy—and it is actually supereasy to achieve. Prep skin with a tinted moisturizer (Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint SPF 20 in Bronzed adds just enough color and spreads evenly) before dusting a cream blush (Sobol loves Josie Maran Cream Blush in Sunset) over the apples of the cheeks. Dab a highlighter like Nars The Multiple in Orgasm on top of the cheekbones for a pretty glow. Line the upper and lower lash lines with a bronze-brown pencil, smudging the top toward the outer corners. Slick lips with a peach gloss, and voilà—you’ve got a serious glow going.

Camilla Belle and her nonthreateningly kissable lips are downright irresistible. Steal her look by putting on a peachy nude lipstick like M.A.C. Lipstick in Freckletone. Finish with a dot of clear gloss on the middle of the lips, but avoid anything with shimmer or sparkle. “That would take the sexy out of Camilla’s look,” Baraf says. “The lips should look naturally moist, not supershiny or sticky.”

Your friends will be green with envy when it comes to copping Eva Mendes’s style: A flash of bright liner is a fun way to make your eyes the center of attention. After lining the top lid in black pencil, use Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof in Green (it’s very easy to apply) to draw a very thin line along the bottom lashes—the color looks especially gorgeous on brown or hazel eyes.

A glint of silver below the eyes has a dazzling effect on Frieda Pinto. As always, keep the eyeliner close to the lashes, and consider lining the inner rims with black, says Sobol. “Then take a shadow that’s a shade or two lighter and blend out. You want to get a subtle gradation of color.” And the perfect palette for creating this shimmery scheme? Dior 5-Couleurs Designer All-in-One Artistry Palette in Smoky Design.

We know, we know. We just showed this look in green, then in silver, and now in purple. But it’s just so good in purple! “Purple is universal, so anyone can pull off Olivia Munn’s take,” Sobol says. Use Almay Intense i-Color Eyeliner in Purple Amethyst. OK, we can move on now.

Diane Kruger gives the classic smoky eye an ethereal spin by using a palette of warm golden browns. Draw a brown pencil like Revlon Luxurious Color Smoky Crayon in Bronze Smoke over the upper and lower lash lines. Then tap on a soft brown shadow (M.A.C. Eye Shadow in Bronze has a pretty shimmer to it) and blend up into the brow bones. “Layering a shadow on top of a liner allows the color to really latch on—you’ll get strong results,” Sobol says. A drop of highlighter blended into the cheekbones will keep the look from falling flat.

Kate Bosworth’s vampy pout requires precise application, Sobol says. “When you’re going this dark, you need to follow your exact lip shape.” Apply color straight from the tube (Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color in Bruised Plum is bold without being outrageous), press your lips together, and blot with a tissue. Then perfect the line around your mouth with a lip brush. “You want the color to look stamped on,” she says. Worn with flawless skin and perfectly arched brows, it’s all you need to make a scene.

Less is more, right? Julianne Hough keeps her look fresh and glowing with gleaming skin, peachy cheeks, glossy nude lips, and fluttery lashes—the result is completely natural and utterly gorgeous. Our favorite barely there essentials: Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15, Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin, Neutrogena MoistureShine Gloss in Natural Boost, and L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black.


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