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Golden Globes red carpet makeup -- get the look

January 15, 2009 |  6:06 pm

The makeup looks at the Golden Globes were as vast as the gowns that floated down the red carpet.  Some stars played up their eyes, some their lips and some went for the flawless, dewy face that never seems to fail.


Salma Hayek and Debra Messing gave two totally different looks.  Messing had a very heavy eye look done in a smoky palette of deep peacock colors and Hayek wore rich metallic colors that popped out from the subtle tones of her cream-colored Bottega Veneta dress.

The stars’ makeup artists tell us their inspiration behind the faces and how to get the look.

Carol Shaw, makeup artist to Debra Messing:

“The look was inspired by Debra’s beautiful gold jewelry, particularly her earrings, which were emeralds,” says Shaw, who used what she calls “peacock colors” to complement the deep sapphire hue of Messing’s Zac Posen gown. 


“I used gold, teal, green and black eye shadows. It was a heavy eye but with modern colors. It’s the new smoky eye.”

Shaw used products from her own LORAC line starting with her Color Me Couture shadow palette. She punched up the green on the eyelid with a deep emerald green sheen shadow called Green Room. With such a heavy eye, Shaw kept the lips light using a shimmery nude gloss called Glam, from her Couture Lip Shine line.

Photo: Debra Messing at the 2009 Golden Globes. Credit: Jay Clendenin / L.A. Times

Photo: LORAC Color Me Couture makeup palette

Matthew Vanleeuwen, makeup artist to Salma Hayek:

“She chose a very neutral colored dress and I wanted to make sure her makeup look would pop,” says Vanleeuwen. "I made her eyes the focus and added a lot of rich, jewel skin tones and fresh color to her cheeks and lips. Her look was very classic and chic, with some modern textures.”

Vanleeuwen used makeup from Nars to achieve Hayek’s golden look.


• Apply the China Blue single eye shadow to top and bottom lash line [Vanleeuwen’s tip: “I love using navy colors because they make the whites of the eyes pop.”]
• Next, use the Corfu cream eye shadow as a base, all over eyelid.
• Use the golden champagne side of the Alhambra Duo Eye shadow on lid.
• Then, use the Bengali Single Eye shadow all along the lash line, rubbing it into the lash line, deepening the outer corner of the eye, creating shading.
• Curl the eyelashes and apply two coats of Black Orchid mascara on lashes.
• Go back over top lash line with the Night Clubbing eye shadow and use what is left on the brush under the eye to define it [Vanleeuwen’s tip: “This shade is perfect to create a smoky eye –- it gives a rich sparkle at the lash line with undertones of green and gold.”]
• Use the Brightening Serum to make skin glow and apply the Makeup Primer
• Apply the Firming Foundation and set with the Loose Powder.

• Use the Marnie lipliner pencil and Tutti Fruity lipstick.
• Next, mix the Boogie Nights and Greek Holiday lipglosses and apply them over the lipstick.

• Apply the Desire blush to the apple of cheeks [Vanleeuwen’s tip: “I use a powder brush to apply blush.  I find that a bigger brush makes a much softer wash of color.”]
• Next, use the Laguna Bronzer with short, back and forth strokes from the back of cheekbone forward, to blend.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Salma Hayek at 2009 Golden Globes. Credit: Nars