Clare Danes - one smokin' lady!

 By Victoria Riedl


Of all the fabulous celebrities grooving away at the ELLE Style awards, there was one I had my eye on. Ever since I related to her angst-ridden character in the teenage drama My So Called Life, actress Clare Danes has fascinated me. And she didn’t fail to live up my expectations. The girl looked hot!


I collared her makeup artist Kay Montana to find out just what she used to create Clare’s look. Here’s what she said:

1.    On Clare’s beautiful pale skin I applied Vitalumiere fluide foundation in Clair 20, £30 by Chanel. Clare loves having a soft but sunny glow so I blended Bronze Universel, £29 by Chanel around her temples using a brush and then patted a bright pink cream blush over her cheeks (I used Pot Rouge, £16.50 by Bobbi Brown). This winning combination adds instant radiance to skin. I finished her base by dusting Rose Powder, £24 by Jurlique across her T-zone.

2.    To create her smoky eyes, I used a grey eye shadow keeping the colour close to the lash lines, which is a great way to make eyeliner look more lived in. I topped this with a kohl pencil, keeping the line close to the lashes, smudging it with my finger for a great rock and roll look. I lined the inner rim in black kohl for definition. To keep a smoky eye effect strong, you need to build up layers of different textures and densities, so to finish I applied a black liquid liner on top. I left her brows alone as anything too done is old fashioned.

3.    I rubbed foundation over her lips to take away any colour and then topped with Rouge Coco lipstick in Beige Feline, £21 by Chanel.

4.    My hottest tip is her lashes. Clare has been applying Latisse, which is the hottest product in America at the moment. I cannot believe the difference it has made – it’s transformed her lashes. Applied every night, it causes the lashes to grow and curl. I recently met up with Nicole Kidman who has also been using Latisse and the difference is amazing – it’s better than falsies.

Latisse is available only on prescription in America at the moment, but when it hits our shores, we’ll be sure to let you know!

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