Firstly I love anything and anyone that unites people and this most certainly applies to Oscar & Bafta nominee Jennifer Lawrence. Clearly men love her, but interestingly, if I may use twitter rather than Mintel upon which to base my research, women (even my male gay friends) seem to absolutely fancy the pants off her.
Secondly, we all know too well how women are weight-shamed constantly and -shame on you ladies- it is almost entirely coming from us. So just stoppit for starters- divide and rule, look it up.
Women are too thin, too fat, too paraded for us all to body-comment-on period. I love Jennifer because she doesn’t do what I did as a similarly normally curvy 22 year old and apologise for not being model-thin. No Sir-y, it’s a never-ending supply of sassy one-liners that shut that shit up right there.
She has fallen from the sky to rescue us ladies and young girls with bodies that we were meant to have and love- from insidious lollipop head syndrome (a socio-physical illness caused by intense media spotlight and a good dose of weight shaming onto girls/women who may already have a degree of sensitivity or low self-esteem like most of us. L.H.S. compromises physical and mental health but often works wonders for the fashionista/actress career in the short term before unphotogenic side effects kick in such as premature ageing, thinning hair, weak bones. Symptoms can include a bad temper, listlessness, edginess, loss of humour, not being invited to fashion parties anymore, being a pain in the ass). I wouldn’t recommend it. Besides we’ve got Jennifer now who represents a body you can be kind to.
This is why everyone fancies Jennifer Lawrence. Oh yes, this was supposed to be a make-up get-the-look! Whoopsie! Here it is.
I applied a very light veil of MyFace MyMix Foundation (available online at or in London at BeautyMart in Harvey Nichols) in Med 01 mixed with Eve Lom’s Hydrating Facial Serum to make it really transparent. Jennifer has the MOST incredible skin, it would be a crime to cover it. I brightened the under eye area with Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 02 (No1 in the getting away with smokey eyes dept). Then I mixed Smashbox Highlighting Wand with Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral on her cheekbones to accentuate her striking face shape and give sweetness to the rock-starlet eyes.
Jurlique Loose Rose Silk Finishing Powder was used on the T Zone (NEVER mattify cheekbones!) and under the eyes to make everything stay put and soften the high wattage flashes of the Paps ‘reveal’ on the next days front pages.
I warmed the edges and contours of Jennifer’s face with the brilliant Highlighting Powder in Ambient from Hourglass which has a beautiful, soft glow.
Jennifer looks great with her eyes ‘widened’ and tilting upwards with lots of blending.
I began this look by applying Pixi Lid Last Shadow in a wide smudge under her eyes and as a starter for the shape extending up and outward slightly, and softening in with my fingertips. Next up was Top Shop’s Black Eye Pencil applied in a wide line all along the top lid- comes in a waterproof version too.
Blend in the the pencil with a stubby brush and apply Lhasa by Nars over the eyelid and Bobbi Brown’s Eyeshadow in Steel into the socket line and outer corners. Blending is both the trickiest and most important bit. It took me years of practice and it’ll never be a doddle. Even armed with a militia of great brushes, you just have to blend until it looks right, there’s no other way around it besides, what looks good on Jennifer’s shaped eyes, yours, and mine is totally different. So have fun, practice and experiment.
I added extra depth to the outer corners with Glow in the bottom right of the Aerin Holiday Style Palette which doubled up as a fabulously glam mirror for Jen to use when curling her eyelashes with my new favourite Eyelash Curler by Tarte.
LASHES are a big thing for Jennifer, she absolutely loves them and I’ve always used individuals on her, even when I give her a ‘natural’ look (left, at the Weisntein/Silver Linings Playbook dinner in London). For maximum drama I used the blackest mascara I have, Black Magic Mascara by Eyeko, I stood above her and brushed on from root to tip and underneath her top lashes to ensure thorough coverage with separated lashes- no black stalks on my watch.
I subtly filled in her brows but to stop this look being too ‘Kardashian’ and old fashioned, it’s best to keep eyebrows soft, brushed, natural and lighter than the eyes. Jennifer is only 22 and I wanted her to stay looking that way. Hard eyebrows are a little ageing I find, but mostly it’s a style thing, unless it’s Audrey or Edie, I just find painted on eyebrows very dated and not very pretty.
Like most of us this time of year (central heating) Jennifer’s lips were dry from perpetual long distance flights so as soon as she was in hair I put the highly emollient Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner on her lips, making her red carpet ready for the final touch of MyFace Cosmetics Lipstick in Vintage Pink applied ‘straight from the bullet’.
Watch out for Jennifer’s Dior campaign-coming soon.