5 posts tagged "Felicity Jones"
To call Felicity Jones the breakout star of 2011 would be an understatement; the Oxford-educated beauty started last year with a Special Jury Prize win at the Sundance Film Festival for her turn as long-distance lovesick college student Anna in the movie Like Crazy, and things only got better from there. It’s not just her on-screen work that’s earning the British actress accolades—Jones has also proven herself quite adept in the style department, sitting front-row at shows like Proenza Schouler during fashion week and nabbing campaigns for both Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup. How can she top that? With a film about the advent of vibrators—Hysteria—out this month. It’s not Cannes, but it’s getting plenty of, um, buzz. Here, the raven-haired actress talks about her eyeliner icon, getting inspiration from Cindy Sherman, and what it actually feels like to walk the red carpet in Dolce & Gabbana.
You’ve been acting for more than ten years, but it was a small indie movie that earned you your big break. How has it been dealing with the sudden fame?
It’s hard to find time to relax now—that’s why I cherish my time off more than ever before. I love watching films; I love cooking; I love being at home now, because I travel a lot for work. My favorite time is just to be in my home and cook and have friends over and talk.
How much has your beauty routine changed from when you were a student at Oxford?
I certainly take care of my skin more, especially now that I’m traveling a lot. I moisturize and drink lots of water when I’m flying; traveling forces you to be a bit kinder to yourself. When I was a student I had to do my own makeup behind the scenes in college plays. In those kind of environments—and even doing low-budget films—you all have to contribute. That’s what I like about doing them: Everyone has to bring something to the table.
You certainly pitched in while filming Like Crazy, where you reportedly tracked down the perfect shade of blue nail polish to wear as Anna. What is it about beauty that you find so vital to accurately capturing and representing a character?
As an actress, makeup can change your face [and] help you to create characters. That’s when you realize just how exciting it can be, how something as simple as combing your brows in a different way can change you. I’ve always liked the idea of the face and body as a blank canvas. Artists like Cindy Sherman interest me for the way she uses makeup; an awareness of your femininity is a performance.
After adding a bit of hype to the launch of its Kohl collection with the announcement that up-and-coming actress Felicity Jones would be the face of the intensely pigmented color range, Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup has unveiled the big reveal. The line finally hit shelves this week, and with it comes five shades of the newly launched The Kohl Pencil, a rich, soft-tipped stick that applies in a precise stroke and can be smudged for a more sultry effect, along with a matching selection of nail polish shades that correspond to each liner: Chocolate is a warm brown, Wild Green is a deep emerald, Peacock is a dark navy with a pure black eyeliner counterpart, Dahlia is an opulent burgundy/eggplant hybrid, and True White is, well, aptly named. There is also a Smoothe Eye Color Quad in Femme Fatale—a collection of the “ultimate neutral” shadows, according to Dolce & Gabbana creative adviser Pat McGrath, who used the combination of creams, tans, and tawny browns to build the perfect retro smoky eye backstage at the designers’ Spring show. It’s hard to pick a starting point with this collection, but the easy answer is to start with the lacquers and work your way up to the liners and shadow compact. A proper cat-eye application can take days to perfect, whereas a pristine set of dark hunter tips is just a manicure appointment away.
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The buzz-worthy actress turned beauty campaign star is certainly not a new phenomenon, but some leading ladies pull it off better than others. Allow us to introduce exhibit A, Felicity Jones. The Like Crazy star and newly named face of Dolce & Gabbana’s Intense Khol Eye Crayon collection was sporting smoky, winged liner long before she signed on with team Dolce, and she has continued to preach the gospel of rimmed lids long after the ink dried. At the National Board of Review Awards in New York last night, Jones did something few of her beauty contract compatriots do—she actually wore the product she endorses with aplomb. Sporting sultry lids courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana’s Khol Eye Crayon in True Black, its Eyeshadow Quad in Femme Fatale, and a few slicks of its Secret Eyes Mascara, also in Black, Jones’ aquamarine eyes popped against her milky white complexion. Next stop? The Golden Globes, where we’re going to go out on a limb and say she’ll be bringing her trusty eye pencils along for the ride. Thoughts on her look?
When the flashbulbs started to pop at Cipriani Wall Street last night, the Hollywood awards season officially got under way. The Oscars might be three months in the future, but the euphoria Calvin Klein sponsored IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards can often be an indicator of what’s to come on much bigger stages. The evening’s roster of nominees have already started generating their fair share of Academy Award buzz, to be sure. “My first movie was recognized well and to be recognized for it is very unreal,” a Valentino-clad Elizabeth Olsen said of her Best Breakthrough Actor mention for Martha Marcy May Marlene. Olsen had some stiff competition in the category from The Descendants‘ Shailene Woodley and newly named Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup face Felicity Jones, who ultimately took home the statuette for her film Like Crazy wearing Proenza Schouler. “It’s completely abstract to my existence,” Jones said when the thought that she could be on her way to Oscar gold crossed her mind. “We’ll see what happens.”
The night’s main event was the euphoria Calvin Klein female Career Tribute Award, which was presented to Charlize Theron by her Young Adult co-star Patton Oswalt. “She is an advanced actor,” Oswalt said of the statuesque South African who he swears is as normal as they come. “I’ve seen her eat pizza and drink beer,” Oswalt joked in front of a crowd that included fellow screen stealers like Tilda Swinton and Vera Farmiga. After Theron made her way to the stage in a plunging-neck Spring Gucci frock, she spoke of how lucky she has been in her career and the amazing opportunities she has been given along the way. But mostly, she seemed to be sending a message to the Olsens, Woodleys, and Joneses of the world. “Make sure that this is really what you love to do, because there’s nothing better than finding something that makes you feel good and creatively stirs you up. It’s the greatest gift in life.”
Move over, Scarlett. Like Crazy star Felicity Jones has been tapped as a new face of Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup. The 28-year-old British actress’ first order of business will be to front ads for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s forthcoming Khol Collection, due out early next year. [WWD]
Purified bee venom: a popular Korean antiaging ingredient, and Kate Middleton and Victoria Beckham’s forever-young beauty secret. Now that’s buzz-worthy. [Mirror]
Mitt Romney’s famously coiffed, side-parted hair has become the focus of much political attention of late and has even earned its own distinguished title in the Boston barbershop that the Republican presidential candidate frequents: Patrons of the Leon & Co. salon can’t get enough of “The Mitt.” [NYT]
Following her successful launch of tanning products for Australia Gold, Jersey Shore‘s Jenny “JWoWW” Farley has announced that she will be releasing a new fragrance with the skincare company as well. [Examiner]