August 23 2014

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4 posts tagged "Emilia Clarke"

The Met Gala: Best Of Beauty


The sea of Givenchy dresses aside, last night’s Met gala was as much about beauty as it was about fashion—which shouldn’t be that much of a surprise; after all, punk’s lasting legacy has done just as much for the advancement of black eyeliner and hair color as it has for studs and safety pins. Miley’s spikes, Madonna’s black bob, and Diane von Furstenberg’s epic curls come to mind as some of the evening’s biggest beauty moments, although there was plenty more to talk about—or text about, as it were; we were engaged in a steady stream of phone commentary with no less than three style-savvy friends at once as the chaos and couture unfolded on the red carpet. Below, we’ve listed a few of our favorite punk trends, reimagined for the red carpet—and in face-off form—because while the Met isn’t an awards show, per se, there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition.

The Look: Peroxide Goes Platinum
The Contenders: Anne Hathaway vs. Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie and her hairstylist, Luke Chamberlain, set out to make a color statement on the red carpet via Chamberlain’s silver-white, spray-in streaks, but the night’s mane event belonged to Anne Hathaway, who showed up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a brand-new, bright blonde dye job. “I decided to go for a look that [was] glam, edgy, and yet very youthful and fun,” celebrity hairstylist Sascha Breuer explained of the slicked up style she gave Hathaway’s crop, which was freshly bleached courtesy of Marie Robinson.

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A Mother Of Dragons’ Tale


If, like us, you are obsessed with HBO’s Game of Thrones, then you likely experienced the same feeling of shock the first time you saw Emilia Clarke on the red carpet, and out of character. Daenerys Targaryen was barely recognizable without her long, platinum-blonde mane, but as the natural brunette has become more of a seasoned star, we have come to love Clarke as much offscreen as on. It all started with her Chanel Resort moment at last year’s Emmy Awards, and continued at the GOT season-three premiere in L.A. last night, where she wore a strapless Victoria Beckham number—with the graphic hair and makeup to match. Sporting center-parted chestnut strands, Clarke’s makeup artist, Dawn Broussard, went with a heavily groomed brow, smoky eyes, a warm peachy cheek, and a neutral mouth to keep the focus on the actress’ pristine décolletage and the striking cerulean color of her dress. Thoughts on Khaleesi as a very stylish Clarke?

Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Brings Forties-Era Glamour To The Stage


Eating a flaky croissant in front of a store window never looked as chic as it did in the 1960s cinematic production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This month, the iconic story, penned by Truman Capote, will be staged on Broadway, and while the characters will be recognizably familiar, the makeup might not be. Taking on the role Audrey Hepburn made famous, Emilia Clarke—she of Game of Thrones fame—stars as the gamine Holly Golightly. But don’t expect sixties-era cat-eyes and nude lips, says makeup maestro and Target beauty design partner Sonia Kashuk, who designed the looks for the production that began previews this week and opens on March 20. “The makeup is a lot different,” she reveals. Here, Kashuk chats with about creating a retro-modern look for the big screen’s most iconic characters, the beauty of a well-defined brow, and how a classic red lip “holds the stage.”

So why go against previously held cosmetics conventions with the Broadway production of this famous film?
At first, I had all these playful thoughts in my head of the movie and those iconic Audrey Hepburn looks. But the play is more based on the original novella [by Truman Capote], which takes place in the forties. So in terms of establishing Emilia’s look, it’s anti-winged-eyeliner, a complete 360 from where I thought we were going.

How did that impact Holly Golightly’s character onstage?
It was about creating dimension. Emilia has a great face, even without a stitch of makeup. So we just used a little bit of cream bronzer, which becomes one with the skin and creates contours under the lights on the stage. Her skin is fantastic, so we focused on adding luminosity and radiance—just lifting and playing with the planes of the face. In the forties, there was more of a matte finish given to the face, no sparkle. I looked at old Vogues and Bazaars to research the makeup.

Can we still expect to see her in some of her former glamorous glory?
Yes! But for the party scene, we didn’t do big lashes and obvious eyeliner—if anything, the clear voice I had from the director [Sean Mathias] was, “It’s not Audrey Hepburn.” So I just created definition at the lash line with my Sonia Kashuk Instructional Eye Shadow Palette in Eye in Neutral and contoured the eyes into the crease with Monochrome Eye Quad in Textured Cocoa. We did false lashes, but it wasn’t about adding a lot of length, just volume and fullness to the eyes.

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White Hot


Just when we thought HBO couldn’t do anything else to keep us glued to our couch on the weekends, the cable network debuted Game of Thrones this past Sunday. The complex but totally engrossing interpretation of George R. R. Martin’s multi-volume fantasy tomes is a little bit Lord of the Rings, a little bit Medieval Times—yielding a premiere that was a total visual overload: think pelts, armor, castles, bloody battles, and plenty of heaving (and exposed) bosoms. But what really caught our eye was the stark, white blond tresses of actress Emilia Clarke, who plays the exiled royal, Daenerys Targaryen. Clark joins a crop of other snowy-haired lasses like Robyn, Michelle Williams, Abbey Lee Kershaw, and even Reese Witherspoon, who brightened up her blond for her role in Water for Elephants (which, it must be said, is pretty lackluster except for the costumes, that titular elephant, and said hair).

Should you be looking to adopt similarly silvery strands for the summer, a few words to the wise: “It’s easier for someone with fair skin to pull off this look because the color will clash with dark skin tones, and the natural warmth in dark hair will make it harder to maintain,” says colorist Erin Bogart of the Sally Hershberger salon. “I also wouldn’t recommend it for someone with already damaged hair because stripping the color will cause breakage.” As the bevy of last season’s Balenciaga blondes know only too well, this icy hue requires more maintenance than any other blond in the spectrum; besides touching up the roots every four to five weeks, Bogart suggests a toner every two weeks so your platinum doesn’t turn a shade of Mountain Dew. “If you don’t want to visit the salon for toner, I would recommend using a purple shampoo like Davines Alchemic once a week to cancel out the yellow,” she says. “Since [going white blond] requires you to strip color from the cuticle, use a shampoo and conditioner for weakened hair like the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Silk Bloom collection, which contains proteins to strengthen.” Another tip: Mix, don’t match, your brows to your hair. “Darker brows look best with this color because they help to frame your face and give you structure,” advises Bogart. “You will fade away with light brows.” If you were looking for an opportunity to channel True Blue-era Madonna, here you go.


Photo: Helen Sloan / HBO