Vanessa Scali, who created the look for America Ferrera, decided on a timeless, sophisticated look inspired by the 50’s: an Audrey Hepburn eye, a Vargas mouth and a sheer, radiant face to keep the look modern. All of these elements really helped to enhance the Ugly Betty star’s natural beauty.
Vanessa shared with us her step-by-step routine that helped give America her beautiful look:
“I like the skin to look flawless but real so I always use foundations and concealers sparingly. That said, I prefer spot coverage for foundation. On America, I used NARS Balanced Foundation ($41) in Fiji and Barcelona (I mixed two colors for the prefect match). I use a brush to apply it to the areas that need it and then I blend it in with my fingers. Using your fingers heats the product just a bit and leaves a seamless finish.
Then I applied NARS Concealer ($21) under the eyes where necessary.”
“I used NARS Bronzing Powder ($29) in Casino to contour her cheekbones and accentuate her bone structure.”
“For extra staying power I used a combination of NARS cream and powder blush. This will make your blush last longer and require fewer touchups. First, I applied NARS The Multiple Stick ($37) in Portofino to the apples of the cheeks. Cream formulas are my favorite. They are the easiest to blend and leave the most natural finish.
Then after I used a touch of NARS translucent powder and then I applied NARS Blush ($25) in Orgasm. The combination gave her face a touch of color and a subtle shimmer that left her looking radiant - not made up.”
“The eye is sophisticated yet innocent. First I used the NARS Multiple Stick in Copacabana all over the eye lid. Followed by the right hand color in the All About Eve Eyeshadow duo ($32) all over the eye and under the bottom lashes. This layering help gives staying power.
Next, I lined inside the NARS Eyeliner Pencil ($20) in Iceberg (white) to make them look bigger and I lined her eyes (upper lid only) with the NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Moon Black. Because mascara and lashes were very important to define the eye, I curled them and gave them several coats of NARS mascara ($23) in Black Orchid.”
“I used NARS Brow Pencil ($19) in Ipanema brow pencil to fill in as needed.”
“The lips are bold and semi-matte. I used NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick ($24) in Scarlet Empress.”