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Blue Period


Hailee Steinfeld

Former face of Miu Miu, Hailee Steinfeld, hit yesterday’s Teen Choice Awards sporting dramatic blue eye makeup and an equally impressive manicure. We’re used to seeing the 16-year-old more barefaced, but the fact that she opted for denim-colored shadow over black or grey makes it feel fresh and reminiscent of the indigo eyes seen this past Fall at Thakoon and Jason Wu. “It was still smoked, but not as hard as a black eye would be,” makeup artist Stephen Sollitto says of the more youthful navy look. While he didn’t employ quite as much sparkle as face painter Diane Kendal did at Thakoon, a touch of Ramy OMG! Over Mascara Glitter & Liner was dotted on the inner corners of Steinfeld’s eyes for a brightening effect.

As for her nails, celebrity manicurist Ashlie Johnson took inspiration from the whimsical and graphic pattern on her House of Holland dress—using a combo of Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Élixir and Blue Satin to create starbursts on Steinfeld’s ring fingers. Her pinky was painted blue not only to tie back to her bold makeup, but in honor of Secret Deodorant’s Mean Stinks campaign (where girls are asked to paint one nail blue and “pinky swear” to stop bullying). When it comes to this teen, beauty runs deep.

Photos: Gregg Deguire/WireImage and Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Makeup Bag Check: Hailee Steinfeld


The Mission: Give Hailee Steinfeld an age-appropriate evening look to fête Chanel beauty over dinner at the brand’s Robertson Boulevard boutique in L.A.

The Face Painter: Makeup artist Stephen Sollitto.

The Eyes: “Even though Hailee is so young, I thought it was the perfect venue to be a bit more adventurous with her makeup,” said Sollitto, who broke out a purple eye palette before even applying a base. “If a 14-year-old can’t wear purple liner, who can?” the makeup artist asked, dusting the purplish shadow from Chanel’s Quadra Eye Shadow compact in Kaska Beige underneath Steinfeld’s bottom lashes, dragging it up and out so it reached her upper lid. “I went back over that with the gold from the same palette,” Sollitto explained, softening the edges with a brush so there were no harsh lines. Lids were covered with the same purple pigment, which Sollitto swept all the way to the brows. Reaching for NARS Eye Pencil in Manon, “a plain and simple purple,” Sollitto lined the inner rims of Hailee’s eyes, continuing above and below both lash lines. As a final step, he “grinded” Chanel Inimitable Mascara in Black into the roots of the lashes.

The Face: “Since I hadn’t done her foundation yet, I used a makeup wipe to clean up any shadow that had dropped on to her cheekbones,” Sollitto said. Then he blended Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup in Beige Rose Tendre all over Steinfeld’s complexion to even out her skin tone. For a slight pop of color, Sollitto swept its Joues Contraste blush in Rose Dust across the apples of her cheeks—”a perfect blushing pink.”

The Lips: Sollitto started with Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in Bel Ami 66, a “faded raspberry,” but to ensure that Steinfeld didn’t look “garish” with too many colors, the face painter ultimately settled on Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Evasion 48. “It’s a paler pink and yet enough to support the dramatic eye.”

The Result: Steinfeld bested Elle Fanning in her own age group and kept pace with more senior Chanel-o-philes, like Kate Bosworth.

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Chanel

Makeup Bag Check: Hailee Steinfeld


The Mission: A youthful makeup look at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for Hailee Steinfeld, whose killer Prada dress bested fellow nominees more than twice her age.

The Face Painter: Anastasia Beverly Hills celebrity makeup artist Stephen Sollitto.

The Face: Since Steinfeld is just 14, Sollitto skipped foundation and heavy base makeup, and kept the True Grit star looking natural. Using the crème cheek color from Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Highlighting Crème Duo in St. Aspen, he dotted the apples of Hailee’s cheeks, blending toward the hairline, while concentrating the liquid highlighter along her cheekbones. Pro tip: Sollitto suggests using the creamy illuminator on shoulders as well to contour clavicles.

The Eyes: Starting with the base of the lid, Sollitto used the deep purple shade from Anastasia Beverly Hills Illumin8 with Youthful Synergy Complex Eye Shadow Palette #4 to create a slight smoky effect, blending pigment through the crease and topping it off with the soft pink shade in palette #1 to highlight. Next he applied Anastasia’s Lash Lifting Mascara to the roots of Steinfeld’s upper and lower lashes and rolled up through the tips. “Treat your eyelashes as you do your hair,” Solitto explains of the upward curl motion he used to get definition. As for those brows, Hailee’s signature feature, Sollitto filled in her arches with Anastasia’a Brow Whiz in Medium Ash, using light upward strokes and softening with a brush before adding a coat of its Clear Brow Gel for hold.

The Lip:As a finishing touch, Sollitto swiped Anastasia’s HydraFull Gloss in Barely, a sheer berry, across Hailee’s lips for a touch of color and a hefty dose of shine.

The Result: A loss to Melissa Leo in the Best Supporting Actress category, but a major win in the beauty department.

Photo: Gregg DeGuire / AP Photo