Rachel Weisz: 'About a Boy'
(In Style) -- Trendy Londoner Will (Hugh Grant) never met a pretty face he didn't want to date, then dump ... until Rachel (Rachel Weisz), a smart, single mom. So smitten with Rachel, this self-absorbed slacker is willing to give up a lifestyle of no-strings flings for a serious romance. "She sweeps him off his feet without even trying to," says makeup artist Katya Thomas.
But when Rachel learns this commitment-phobic player is feigning fatherhood -- with a boy he's befriended -- will she call a timeout? "She's a very practical woman who has a strong sense of who she is," says Thomas. "She's not game-playing." Even her makeup is no-fuss. "It's an effortless but considered look," says Thomas. "Her makeup is an extension of her personality. She's not wearing it to fool anyone."
For Rachel and Will's first encounter at a holiday party (shown left), hair designer Graham Johnston pulled Weisz's dark brunet tresses into a sophisticated yet casual updo. With Bumble and Bumble Styling Lotion spritzed onto dry hair, Johnston accentuated Weisz's natural wave using medium- and large-barrel curling irons. He then twisted and shaped her shoulder-length locks into spirals before pinning them up into a purposefully "just flung up" look. He finished with L'Oréal Elnett hairspray.
Thomas began by dabbing Calvin Klein Eye Color Wash in Pale Gold under the highest point of the brows for a transparent sheen, then dusting Stila eye shadow in Eden on the remaining part of the lids as a base. She applied Shu Uemura pressed eye shadow in Olive M484 to the lower lids as well as lightly under the bottom lashes. Using a big oval brush, she swept Stila eye shadow in Java along the creases, slightly blending color upward at the outer edges for a "subtle cat-eye effect." Finally, she lined the inside bottom lids with Chanel On-the-Double Eye Crayon in Brun Glacé, before coating top and bottom lashes with Lancôme mascara in black.
"Rachel's a do it, be happy, and go and not worry about it," kind of woman, says Thomas of Rachel's makeup routine. "She's more likely to get out of bed and get her son off to school before thinking about what she looks like." For a soft and dewy complexion, Thomas prepped Weisz's skin with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion then applied a blend of Clinique Gentle Light Makeup in Cream Light and a quarter amount of Elizabeth Arden Let There Be Light, a sheer reflective lotion. Next she dabbed on Stila Convertible Color in Poppy on cheek apples for a "healthy" flush, followed by Clinique Gentle Light powder in Glow 3 Neutral on the forehead and creases of the nose and chin, "only where it's absolutely needed."
For a modern look, Thomas colored Weisz's unlined lips with a burnt-rose shade, Stila Lip Polish in Luster, to contrast her played-up eyes. "She has a full mouth so we could make it neutral and still have it look good."
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