Here’s how to get Keira Knightley’s makeup look from her appearance at the Oscars:
This look features a dramatic smoky eye and a flawless complexion with subtle yet perfect lips. Keira looks glamorous and youthful.
Foundation / Concealer
After moisturizing, use a matte foundation in a shade as close to your natural skin tone as possible and apply to any areas of the face that need evening out. Blend well.
Then, apply concealer to the inner corners of the eyes and underneath to cover dark circles. Apply a small amount of concealer to the eyelid as a shadow base.
Use a cream or powder formula blush in a delicate rose, or peach depending upon which compliments your skin tone better. You should apply your blush in the style that best suits your face. Round faces look better with blush applied to the apple of the cheek, while narrower faces can take blush on the cheekbone. Apply blush one light layer at a time, blending well, until you have a delicate glow.
Dust your entire face at this stage with a matte pressed powder in a shade that matches your foundation. Use a puff or sponge to press the powder into the upper and lower eyelids. This will do wonders for preventing eyeliner and shadow slippage over the course of an evening of dancing, laughing, kissing, etc.
Apply a matte tan or khaki shade on the lid and right into the upper lashline. Sweep this shade along the lower lashline, as well.
Apply a matte smoke or charcoal shadow in the crease from corner to corner. Blend very well, paying special attention to delicately blend into the lid shadow just a touch.
Apply a light layer of matte cream shadow just below the brow, from underneath the arch to the outer corner.
Choose a black or smoke powder liner or eyeshadow, or eye pencil. If you use shadow or powder liner, use a wet liner brush dipped in the powder.
Apply a thin line to the top lash line, from corner to corner. Use a light touch and try to keep the color just in between the lashes. An easy way to do this is to aim the brush or pencil at the lashline from underneath and wiggle it in between the lashes gently as you work your way across.
Repeat the process on the lower lashline, creating a very thin, fine line, staying within the lashline, itself, all the way across. Try the reverse technique as the upper lashline, aiming down on the lashline from above.
Finally, trace a thin, delicate line around the inner corners of the eyes for a really professional look.
Trace your eyeliner with your crease eyeshadow. Then use a clean brush or applicator to gently blur the shadow, widening it onto the lid and below the lower lashes just a bit.
Finally, use a clean brush or applicator to gently blend and soften the overall eye look to your desired result. Keira’s look has no hard edges or sharp lines, except for the liner around the inner corners of the eyes.
Use a brow pencil or powder to shape and fill in brows. Start by defining the arch and then fill in the rest as necessary.
Curl lashes and coat two or three times with a black, lengthening mascara.
To get glass-smooth lips, brush them very gently with an old, soft toothbrush. Then apply petroleum jelly and allow it to soak in for 30 or more minutes. You can do this first and let it sit while you apply the rest of your makeup.
Choose a lipstick in a very delicate matte nude, pink or peach. Apply one coat of the lipstick and blot with tissue, then apply a second coat, blot again, and apply one more coat for lasting power.