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For her role in Oliver Stone’s Savages (in theaters now), Salma Hayek plays drug-war widow Elena, and her look is, as you could imagine, a little darker than we’re used to seeing her. Think thickly lined eyes and plum lips. But Salma always looks her best when her natural beauty shines through. And you often see her on the red carpet wearing simple makeup that truly anyone can pull off for a sophisticated day look or an understated evening look. What versatility!
Here’s how you can easily recreate her makeup look at home:
The eyes: Use a matte, flesh-toned eye shadow to even out the color of your lids from the roots of the lashes to the arch of your brows. This could even be your powder if it has coverage (like Alima Pure).
Follow with a shimmery gold like Alima Pure in Prosecco ($12.50) only on the eyelid from the inner corner to almost the outer corner. Leave the outer 1/3 of the eye area alone.
Then trace a thin line (get that sharpener out!) along the upper lash with a deep brown eye pencil like Jane Iredale’s black brown ($11). Don’t get all fancy and start applying it high on the lid or making wings. Keep it tight.
Next use a shimmery, silver taupe shadow on the center of the eyelid moving out towards the outer third. The color should not go into your crease. Keep it on the lid and away from the innermost corners of the eyes.
Curl lashes, apply mascara and you are done! If you need some visual assistance for how to do these steps, check out my quick tutorial videos on eyeliner application and how to curl your lashes.
The cheeks: Sweep a matte, apricot blush on the apples of your cheeks moving backwards in fairly large round motions. The look is very soft and diffused. The exact shade is going to depend largely on your skin tone. The point is that you stay in the apricot family, which is not bronze – it’s orange with just a bit of pink. I’m a big fan of Alima Pure’s Melon for most skin tones.
The lips: Here’s where you can do some layering. Try Primitive Lipstick in Mali ($14), then follow with some RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Moment ($25) for a moist but not glossy mouth that has plenty of color.
Wasn’t that easy?!