The average girl next door she isn't. Rosario Dawson's characters are always larger than life, from the wife of Alexander the Great to the street-smart streetwalker in Sin City. This Bronx-born New Yorker is blessed with equally striking features, a result of her African-American, Native American, Cuban, Irish and Puerto Rican heritage, and although we're pretty sure she'd get noticed barefaced, Dawson opts for makeup that is sheer and refined to accent her exotic beauty.
To get the scoop on how to achieve Dawson's sultry look, we turned to Sydney Driver, makeup artist and owner of BrowRazors Waxing and Skincare Spa in Chicago. "Flawless skin and well-defined eyes are the key the achieving this look," she says.
Step 1: Use your ring finger to gently pat concealer under your eyes and on any blemishes. Blend well. Using the same application method, lightly apply concealer to your eyelids. This will act as a base for your eye shadow.
Step 2: Lightly blend a lightweight liquid foundation over the entire face and neck with a foundation brush. Using a foundation brush instead of your fingers allows you to use less makeup yet still have complete coverage, resulting in a look that's sheer and natural.
Step 3: Define brows by applying a medium-toned brow powder to them. Use a stiff-bristled brow brush to fill in brows with light strokes.
Step 4: For a barely there shimmer, apply a pearlized shadow across the entire eyelid with a shadow brush. Next, apply a neutral brown to the crease of the eye, from the center of the eyelid to the outer corner of the eye.
Step 5: Line the top and bottom of the eyes with a black liquid liner. When the liner is dry, apply one coat of rich black mascara to the upper and lower lashes.
Step 6: Using your fingers, apply a berry-hued liquid color wash to cheeks and lips.
Step 7: Apply lip gloss to lips.
Product Name: MAC Select Moisturecover
This concealer blends easily and allows the freedom to layer for more coverage.
Product Name: MAC Face and Body Foundation
Provides sheer, natural-looking coverage.
Product Name: MAC Eye Brows in Spiked
This self-sharpening pen creates its own just-right point to give eyebrows definition and shape.
Product Name: Sephora Arch It Brow Kit
Contains two shades of brow powder, and all of the arching, shaping and grooming tools you need to get killer brows.
Product Name: Nars Duo Eye Shadow in Bellissima
A shimmery beige shadow paired with a complementary grayish brown.
Product Name: Lancôme's Artliner in Noir
This eyeliner guarantees a precise, professional look.
Product Name: DiorShow Waterproof Mascara in Black 90
Provides a just-off-the-catwalk look in one coat, without clumping.
Product Name: Lorac Sheer Wash in Sheer Emotion
A roll-on lip and cheek stain in an easy-to-wear raspberry shade.
Product Name: Clarins Sheer Gloss
This long-lasting, colorless gloss has an ultrashiny finish.
BrowRazors Waxing and Skincare Spa is located at 535 East 79th Street Chicago, IL 60619. For an appointment with Driver, call 773-783-BROW.