We fell in love with Sarah Jessica Parker as capricious Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City because she lived the dreams and disappointments of every hardworking, unmarried, introspective, fashion-obsessed female we've ever known. In real life, she's married to actor Matthew Broderick and mother to baby boy James Wilkie Broderick. In her "free time," the busy actress makes time to be UNICEF's representative for the performing arts. Here she is looking very "Belle de Jour" in a retro palette of heathery pinks. Makeup artist Deborah Grayson tells us how to get her look.
Step 1: Always start with a clean, lightly moisturized face so that makeup will lie as smoothly as it can. For over-40 skin, Grayson suggests clients try microdermabrasion facials, which polish away surface debris.
Step 2: To get this makeup look, begin by applying a lilac-colored cream shadow to the entire lids with a fingertip.
Step 3: Next, using a rounded shadow brush, layer a matte, heathery lilac over the base color.
Step 4: With a freshly sharpened black pencil liner, you're going to make a thin yet dense line across the entire upper lash line. But you're not going to draw the line, says Grayson. To get a really fine line, dot the liner directly along the roots of the lashes in a "connect the dots" approach. No smudging, because you'll want to keep that line solid.
Step 5: Sketch a line under the lower lashes with a gray-blue pencil, then smudge with a cotton swab or pointed-tip sponge applicator.
Step 6: Apply two coats of black mascara to the upper lids. Then comb through them with a fine metal comb to separate and define lashes. Apply one coat of mascara to lower lashes.
Step 7: Brush up eyebrows with a no-color brow gel, which will enhance your natural arch and help keep brows in place.
Step 8: Dot a creamy pink-toned concealer under the lower orbits of the eyes, patting the concealer lightly with your finger until it's blended. You may want to go back and apply another light layer, but wait a few minutes until the first layer is settled by the warmth of your skin.
Step 9: With a soft makeup sponge, apply a flesh-colored, gel-based foundation to any areas of the face that appear blotchy. Blend any excess with a fresh sponge.
Step 10: Blot cheeks, chin, nose and forehead with a sheer loose powder using a flat velour puff.
Step 11: Using a rounded blush brush, lightly apply a heather-pink powder blush to the cheekbones only.
Step 12: Finish by lining the lips in a nude-pink liner, then filling the lips in with a soft, baby-pink sheer lipstick.
Product Name: Clarins Compact Powder Blush in Heather Pink 20
This is such a pretty heather-pink, perfect to give a natural-looking enhancement to cheekbones.
Product Name: Pout Lip Polish in Glam Gladys
This creamy gloss has a soft heather sheen. It's flavored with vanilla and caramel oil (yum), and gives a sophisticated finish and natural-looking shine.
Product Name: Pout Eye Slick in Lotus
This eye gloss has a wonderful lilac sheen and velvety texture, and you can wear it alone as a base for eye shadow, or layer it over powder eye shadow for more intense color.
Product Name: Sue Devitt 70% Triple Seaweed Gel Foundation
A gel foundation containing minerals and nutrients from three types of organic seaweed in a 70-percent-water fusion, which offers both hydration and coverage.
Product Name: Professional Microdermabrasion
In a professional microdermabrasion treatment, sterile microscopic crystals are gently blown over the skin to exfoliate, using a patented handheld application tool; simultaneously the crystals are whisked away by vacuum, leaving skin smoother and more youthful looking. A professional microdermabrasion treatment usually takes from 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the area covered.
Price: $125 and up
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Product Name: DermaNew Facial Microdermabrasion System
Give yourself an at-home microdermabrasion facial. While it's not as intense as the professional kind and there's no simultaneous vacuuming, it leaves your skin smooth and revitalized.