Get the Look: Keira Knightley

Whether she’s portraying a pirate, a soccer player, a handmaiden, or an aristocrat, Keira Knightley has the innate ability to pull each role off with grace. Her unique combination of undeniable elegance and dramatic talent brings a certain regality to her on-screen roles—and it’s a quality that translates into her real life, too. When she took to the red carpet on September 15 for the Los Angeles premiere of Colette, she wowed us with her showstopping beauty look.

Was it the delicate smoky eye, or the warmly flushed cheekbones, or the beautifully feathered brows, or the perfect cherry pout? It’s safe to say that all of these striking elements play a strong role in making this one of the year’s best celebrity looks. We’re inspired—and we hope you will be, too. Here’s how you can make the look your own using just a few of our favorite key products


Face

Begin with a clean canvas topped with the moisturizer of your choice. Knightley’s skin is noteworthy because it somehow just glows—and that’s a look that’s easy to achieve by smoothing on Glo Skin Beauty Luminous Liquid Foundation . Add a drop of bareMinerals BarePro Glow Highlighter  to your face and use a foundation brush to buff it into your skin. You’ll enjoy a lit-from-within look that’s perfect for the holiday season. Don’t forget your cheeks! Emulate Knightley’s flushed look by dusting a shade from the PÜR Cosmetics 4-in-1 Blush Book  onto your face

Eyes

It might seem a little tricky to pull off such a light, airy, and almost innocent smoky eye, but you can make it work with the right colors in your arsenal. Begin with bareMinerals Aurora Lights Eye Shadow Palette . It contains a broad combination of hues that range from ethereal to dramatic. For this look, you’ll stay on the paler end of the spectrum by using Interstellar, Venus, and Romp to mimic Knightley’s lilac-fresh look. You’ll play up the drama with coat upon coat of PÜR Cosmetics Triple Threat Mascara , which features an innovative brush that makes it easy to apply color to even the innermost corners. Use Youngblood Brow Artiste Wax  to bring your brows to life.

Lips

How addictive is an amazing red lip? It’s hard to resist the beauty of something that looks so fierce, fearless, and surprisingly natural all at once. Knightley pulls it off easily—in large part because the lip is the star of the show. Start boldly by slicking Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick onto your lips. Finish the look by smoothing on PÜR Cosmetics Chrome Glaze Lip Gloss  for an intense kiss of brilliant shine.

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Five Easy Ways to Retouch Your Makeup

Four hours into work, you head to the bathroom. As you look at yourself in the mirror, you’re baffled at how faded your makeup looks already. That “waterproof” eyeliner miraculously smudged and your forehead looks like an oil slick. Sounds familiar? Don’t let all that time and effort you put into your makeup in the morning go to waste. By following these few tips, you’ll save your makeup—and trick people into thinking you just applied it even though you’ve had it on for a solid 10 hours.

1. Take off that first layer of oil

Before even touching makeup, the most important thing to do is to remove excess oil on top of the skin. If you don’t and try to just powder your face, your makeup will actually mix in with the oil, creating a cakey mess. Using blotting sheets like Glo Minerals Blotting Papers ($7.99) will instantly absorb sebum without causing your foundation to look blotchy. Focus primarily on the T-zone, pressing gently to get rid of any oil.

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2. Lose the remaining shine

Instead of turning to powder to mattify, use liquid! Sounds counterproductive, but there’s a new innovative liquid product that works so much better at mattifying your skin: Murad MatteEffect Blotting Perfector ($36.99). This on-the-go compact was developed by a dermatologist and contains a unique translucent formula that effectively gets rid of the shine while visibly minimizing pores. Feel secure knowing that for up to eight hours you’ll be shine-free wherever you go!

3. Spritz hydration spray on top

Now that you got rid of the bad shine, time for the good kind of shine. Get a youthful glow by spraying Jane Iredale Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray ($27.99) all over your face. Not only does the organic spray control oil production, but also it hydrates and conditions the skin. The lemongrass awakens your senses in the process, helping you relax and decompress from the day. Getting your skin to look like it’s radiating from within has never been easier.

4. Clean up any makeup smudges

As the day goes on, your makeup naturally tends to smear a little, even if all you do is sit at a computer. Keeping BioSwiss Paper Stick Cotton Swabs ($2.99) on hand will help you clean up any imperfections without disrupting the rest of your makeup. Just grab a swab and gently wipe away any lipstick or eyeliner smudges. The inner corner of your eyes can also collect gunk so check for that, too.

 

5. Reapply makeup and soften lines

The last step to reviving your makeup look is to touch up any makeup that might have faded away. Some of the most common areas include the lips, eyes, and any blemishes that may have popped up from underneath your concealer. With the BeautyBlender Micro.Mini ($15.99), you can quickly patch up of any of those spots. Simply apply a tiny dot of concealer on the area, pat it in with a clean finger, and smooth with a dampened Micro.Mini. For a finishing touch, use the sponge to blot any harsh lines in your makeup like your smile lines.

 

 

 

 

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