If you watch any television at all, you probably don't need to be told that Mischa Barton is the star of the wildly popular teen drama The O.C., Neutrogena's fresh-faced "It" girl and Keds' new darling. At barely 20 years of age, she's a virtual emblem of young-adult celebrity. Here she is at the Cannes Film Festival, looking every bit the sparkling youth icon. We asked makeup artist Deborah Grayson how to get her fresh, pretty, less-is-more makeup look.
Step 1: Prep skin by washing with a gentle exfoliating scrub to roll off surface dry skin and debris. This'll give your face a polished glow.
Step 2: Lightly apply a moisturizing gel to the face and
neck to soothe and hydrate skin.
Step 3: Next, lightly moisturize eye contours by patting under-eye cream around the lower perimeter and outer corners of eyes.
Step 4: Skip foundation for this look. Instead, use a cream concealer with a flat-headed concealer brush. This way you'll be targeting specific areas, not covering the entire face with makeup. Dip your brush into the concealer and paint over any spots or discolorations in a light, discreet layer, then blend, don't rub, by patting gently with your finger.
Step 5: Apply a pore minimizing lotion, which is great for absorbing shine and making pores appear smaller. Using fingertips, just pat a small amount over areas with visible pores, such as nose, forehead and chin.
Step 6: With a small fluff brush, gingerly apply a very sheer, translucent powder over the pore minimizer. This will set it, and give the further impression of nonexistent pores. (Don't use too much powder though or it could look cakey.)
Step7: Apply heather-gray cream eyeliner with a pointed liner brush, just tracing along the lower lash line, then smudge with a tiny-pointed "smudger" sponge.
Step 8: Beginning at the root, apply one coat of medium black mascara to upper and lower lashes. A makeup artist's trick is to wiggle the brush as you work so as to catch all the eyelashes between the bristles.
Step 9: Finish by applying a baby-pink sheer gloss to lips for a subtle, luminescent shine.
Product Name: Philosophy The Greatest Love
This new microdermabrasion scrub exfoliates and hydrates, giving skin a soft, smooth polish.
Product Name: NV Perricone Alpha Lipoic Acid Eye Area Therapy
This treatment product offers intensive care to the delicate tissue surrounding the eyes, and works to combat the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and fine lines.
Product Name: Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector
This lotion "de-shines" while it makes pores appear almost invisible and has a wonderful, transparent matte finish.
Product Name: LipFusion Collagen Lip Plump in Blush
If you're suffering from a too-thin complex, I genuinely recommend LipFusion. Even my (super thin) lips actually appeared plumper, and I love the luminescent pink color.
Product Name: Neutrogena Lip Gloss in Tickled
A baby soft, rose-petal pink that subtly heightens the pink of your own lips.
Product Name: Smoky Eye Eyeliner Duo in Budapest
This perfectly steel-gray coordinated cream and powder eyeliner duo makes it simple to create the ultimate smoky eye. Wear each shade alone or apply the powder formula over the cream for extra staying power.
Product Name: Anna Sui Concealer Brush
A great tool. This flat, nylon brush has firm, even bristles that allow you to apply concealer uniformly and smoothly. Just target where necessary to cover under-eye darkness, spider veins or blemishes.