The actress taps has makeup artists Emma Lovell offer a step-by-step beauty routine

By Kate Hogan
Updated November 04, 2011 02:30 PM

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“Believe it or not, I am terrible at doing my own makeup,” Gwyneth Paltrow admits in her latest issue of GOOP. “I’m decent at doing it for a friend, but when it comes to my own face, I never get it right.” So to help herself — and all her loyal readers — Paltrow asked her London-based makeup artist Emma Lovell to provide a how-to on daytime and nighttime makeup.

Using Paltrow’s friend Kate Skrype as a model, Lovell starts by cleaning Skrype’s face with cleansing water and cotton pads. “It’s important to take good care of your skin by cleaning and moisturizing,” Paltrow shares. “These are vital steps that yield the best final results.”

After blending moisturizer into Skrype’s skin, Lovell starts with Jemma Kidd Light As Air Foundation, layers Jemma Kidd Wrinkle Rescue Serum and Brightener under the eyes and curls Skrype’s lashes using the EF|Studio Precision Lash Curler. “This is Emma’s one ‘don’t leave the house without it’ must,” Paltrow says. “Always, always curl your lashes. As Emma says, it wakes up your face.”

Lovell continues with eye shadow and mascara, and fills in Skrype’s eyebrows, too. She finishes with cheeks and lips, then dusts her model’s forehead, nose and chin with light powder for a finishing touch.

For nighttime, Lovell pumps up Skrype’s look with eyeliner, additional mascara, a darker lip and shimmering cheeks — all techniques she used on Paltrow during the Venice Film Festival, when she only had 20 minutes to make her client look fab.

Find the step-by-step tips — plus more of Paltrow and Lovell’s product recommendations — on