We've got all the exclusive details on the star's look -- straight from her makeup artist!

May 15, 2015 10:58 PM

We’re constantly updating our Last Night’s Look gallery with all the best red-carpet moments (gorgeous dresses! dazzling accessories! sky-high heels!). Now, let’s talk beauty. Each Friday, we’ll be highlighting one of the most gorgeous makeup and/or hair moments, along with details on how to re-create the look — straight from the makeup artist or hairstylist — in our feature Look of the Week.

In honor of the worldwide release of Pitch Perfect 2 (in theaters today!), we caught up Anna Kendrick’s go-to makeup artist, Vanessa Scali, to get the exclusive scoop on how she created such an aca-awesome look for the film’s premiere.

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If you follow Kendrick on Twitter, you’re probably well-aware that she’s one of the most down-to-earth celebs in Hollywood — and if you don’t follow her, do it now — which is essentially why Scali wanted her makeup to look no-fuss, as if she “only needed to throw on a dress, some liner and run out the door.”

To get that illusion, Scali started by sweeping a sheer wash of Sisley Paris Phyto Ombré Eye Shadow in Gold over Kendrick’s lids, giving them a soft, subtle glow. Then she traced two different liners (Sisley Paris Phyto-Eye Twist in Black Diamond and Sisley Paris Phyto-Eye Twist in Marine) along the lash line to emphasize and define the shape of Kendrick’s eyes. “I used a synthetic brush to rough up the outline so it would look a little cooler, smudgy rock and roll,” says Scali.

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As for the lips, she added a touch of pink (Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Twist in Pinky) to the center over a nude base (Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Twist in Nude) to make them pop against Kendrick’s color-blocked Stella McCartney gown.

Now on to those bronzy cheekbones! Because Kendrick is so fair, Scali says Sisley Paris L’Orchidée Rose Highlighting Blush was enough to give the actress’ skin warmth in a sheer, delicate way. “I find that women often go wrong in this area, choosing bronzers that are too dark, shimmery and/or applying too much,” reveals Scali. “Bronzer should be used to enhance skin tone not create a new one.”

Scali recommends choosing a bronzer one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone and to start by applying it sparingly (“it is easier to add more than take away”). Just don’t forget to blend the color further up. “Letting it fade near the apples of the cheeks and on the cheekbones gives the face warmth and structure,” she says.

What do you think of the star’s look? Like it? Love it? Share below!

–Sarah Kinonen

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