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In yet another piece by Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright (who worked together on Atonement and Pride & Prejudice), Knightley takes on the role of Anna Karenina, an iconic Russian beauty from Leo Tolstoy’s eponymous novel. Set in the late 1800s, a time when upper-class women avoided cosmetics almost entirely, the makeup look focuses on shadows rather than colours for a minimalist finish.
Get The Eyes
To stay true to the no-makeup look of the 1800s while still playing up your eyes, forego anything with shimmer in it. Using a fluffy brush, buff a matte brown eyeshadow through your entire lid and eye socket, blending the edges seamlessly into your skin.
Curl your lashes and add mascara, then set to work on your brows — the key component of this look. Using the same brown eyeshadow, fill your brows entirely, then shade the skin outside the natural line of your eyebrows for a very full, groomed-but-wild brow look. Keeping the bottom of your arch intact, add product above the inner half of your brows, flattening out the shape while thickening the line overall
Get The Cheeks
Begin by applying your foundation, choosing a satin-matte finish if possible — a product like Illamasqua Skin Base or MAC Studio Fix (used sparingly) would be a great choice.
From there, apply a stark, grey-brown contour, following the underside of your cheekbones. Kiera’s cheekbones are quite angular and prominent, so work with a small brush (or even a very large eye brush) and build the product up in layers.
Next, add a small amount of non-shimmery blush on the cheeks, choosing a reddish brown that toes the line between “fresh” and “ruddy.” Work with a cream or liquid blush, if possible — we love NARS Cream Blush here at She Said Beauty, and a shade like Constantinople would suit this look beautifully.
Finish with a thin layer of powder through the entire face, including the cheeks, to keep shine at bay.
Get The Lips
Finally, finish with a thin layer of a red-brown lipstick. Apply sparingly and use your fingertip to work it into your lips until it looks almost like a stain, choosing a product with warm undertones and a cream finish. The lipstick featured in this look is Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick in Provocative, a paraben-free drugstore find for under $15.
For more Anna Karenina inspiration, check out the film’s trailer below – looks good doesn’t it!
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