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Okay, we'll be the first to admit… We never thought we would write a headline that includes "Lena Dunham" and "stunning makeup" in the same sentence. But, we are all about giving credit where credit is due.
The smoky eggplant eye makeup brought out the richness in her brown eyes and the shadowed wing shape gave the makeup a soft, yet edgy look. Her skin is perfection, with her creamy complexion and lightly flushed cheeks, showing off her good sense in wearing sheer foundation and of course staying out of the sun.
Get the Look: In order for you to feign skin perfection before a black tie event, start by exfoliating with a gentle enzyme like Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator. This will gently exfoliate your skin, giving it a brighter appearance. ("Gentle" being the operative word; the last thing you want to do before a big event is try out an aggressive exfoliator or peel which can leave you looking like you got caught in a chemical fire)
Next, apply a soothing hydrogel or cloth mask like Sephora Collection Ultra Soothing Fiber Mask, which will give your skin an instant dose of moisture. Follow with your usual moisturizer and primer.
After allowing your primer to set, apply a foundation that will give you a luminous yet demi-matte finish like Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup. To give your cheeks Lena's natural flush, apply a gel based blush like Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel to the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards towards the temples.
To get Lena's soft and sultry winged eyes, start by prepping lids with a primer or concealer. Then, apply a cream or flesh-colored eye shadow to entire eye area. Then, apply a matte light pink eye shadow like MAKE UP FOR EVER Eye Shadow in Cotton Candy 88 just to the lids.
Next, with a small, tapered eye brush, apply a matte eggplant eye shadow like MAC Eye Shadow in Fig 1 along the upper lash line. Soften the line by blending upwards and outwards, making an upward wing shape at the outer corners.
Use an angled eyeliner brush dipped in the matte eggplant eye shadow to line the lower lash lines. Then use a smudger or Q-Tip to blend the shadow into your lash line to soften the look. Finish with a couple coats of defining mascara.
Since the eyes are so fierce, you will want to complete this look with a nude or sheer pink lipstick or lip gloss like Maybelline Color Whisper in Petal Rebel.
Now just so you don't think her publicist paid us off… we obviously hated the hair. This poor girl just can't get a good hairstyle to save her life. But come on… baby steps. Wearing flattering makeup is a huge milestone for Lena!
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