Look of the Week: Elizabeth Banks at the Pitch Perfect 2 Paris Premiere
We've got the exclusive scoop on how to re-create her bold beauty moment -- straight from her makeup artist!
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.
And this week, we’ve got a double-whammy for you. Elizabeth Banks looked so incredible at the Pitch Perfect 2 premiere in Paris, we had to know every single detail about her hair and makeup so we could re-create the look on our own. (Wedding season is coming.) Luckily, Karen Alder, Banks’s one-woman glam squad for her European press tour, did both. Read on for the exclusive scoop.
For her big night out in one of the chicest cities in the world, the 41-year-old actress went with a high-neck Emilia Wickstead dress, which set the tone for the rest of her look. “When Elizabeth showed me the dress, I immediately thought about Jerry Hall,” Alder tells PEOPLE. “[Elizabeth and I] both have a mutual love for her.” Aside from the cheekbones, Alder says the side-swept hair was one of “the most important things” she wanted to take from the former model’s signature look. So let’s start with that!
Alder began by teasing the crown with a rattail comb to add volume, then she brushed hair through to the side with a bristle brush to smooth it out, spritzing with Redken’s Wax Blast Spray 10 as she went. Then to create the glam waves, Alder sectioned hair into inch-long pieces and curled them with a medium-sized barrel. Once the curls were set, she smoothed them out by brushing them through with a bristle brush and spraying just a bit of dry shampoo to add texture. Finally, she pinned the waves to the side and sprayed with L’Oréal Paris’s Elnett Satin Hairspray to keep the look locked in place all night.
As for Banks’s makeup, Alder started by prepping skin with a face mask and Elemis’s Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Patches (a favorite of the pro!). Next, she applied her can’t-live-without concealer (Amazing Concealer by Amazing Cosmetics) with a small brush to even out skin tone. Her key tip? Blend it by patting with your ring finger. It prevents you from pressing too hard.
Alder then buffed on Chanel’s Vitalumière Powder with NARS’s newest Kabuki brush. She also contoured the actress’s cheekbones with Chantecaille’s Limited Edition The Glacier Eye Shadow Trio (yes, an eye shadow!) and added a touch of color with Chanel’s Joues Contraste in 84 to accent the apples of the cheeks. But let’s get to those eyes!
To nail the smoky cat eye, which Alder describes as a cross between “a smolder and a flick,” the pro used one of Charlotte Tilbury’s Dolce Vita eye shadow palettes, brushing the oyster-colored shadow up to eye socket, then working the outer corners of the eye with a reddish-brown shade to create “a soft haze.” She then began smoking out the eyes with the brand’s Rock and Kohl pencil in Black, which Alder claims was “perfect” for the Jerry sweep — a little tick close to the lashes and blended with a small angled brush. “I love this pencil, you can blend away to create the perfect soft wing and it does not move!” she tells PEOPLE. “I also crushed [the pencil] into the lower lash line, keeping it stronger on the outer edge of the eyes.”
Next, she penciled in brows with MAC’s Eye Brows in Lingering and “extended them out for a little extra fierceness.” And after applying a couple individual lashes from Ardell followed by a few flicks of Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara and a swipe of nude lip gloss, the look was complete!
Will you be trying out Banks’s bold eye makeup for your next date night? What about her hair? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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