Here is my red carpet beauty idol, Keira Knightley, looking like December personified at the New York premiere for her latest film Anna Karenina. It’s looks like this that make me pine for Christmas (pun intended) and the upcoming month of wintry festivities. Seriously, I am like a kid ready to pee his pants on Christmas morning when I see styling like this. The sleek, shiny hair, with her luminous skin and cherry red lips, accompanied by dainty black Valentino lace and Chanel starry diamonds – mmmmm-hmm! It may simply be a very alluring woman in a very alluring dress with very beautiful makeup, but this has me screaming SANTAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I believe this appropriately communicates my feelings.
So, I kind of forgot to mention one particular muse of mine when I posted about celebrity beauty last time. I’m not exactly sure how that happened, because she actually is the first one that comes to mind when I think of incredible eye makeup. Honestly. One of her looks even served as the inspiration for my own wedding makeup! I don’t know how I managed to forget her. Perhaps I had hair on the brain more than makeup that day I posted, but frankly, she deserves a post all her own.
Oh, Keira Knightley. What can I say about Keira? I admit that I relate to her brown hair, brown eyes, medium-toned skin and boyish figure, but her red carpet makeup for the past couple years has been out of this world and I’d kill to relate to that. Her main go-to when it comes to makeup for big appearances is a smokey eye, which happens to be my favorite as well. What makes her smokey eye looks so special is the beautiful blending of different shades of deep brown and gunmetal shadows, along with pearly shimmer on her inner and outer corner eyelids. Top it off with some black eyeliner on the inner rims, and then just sit there for two hours applying fifty million coats of mascara.
Add a little flush to the cheeks and a light shade of whatever to the lips, and you’ve got something pretty close to perfection. I just love how her warm, chestnut hair color complements the dramatic eyes, too. I know she typically uses Kate Lee for her makeup, and lately I’ve been seeing a lot of Bobbi Brown references when searching for the products used on her. It’s never a surprise to hear about Chanel products being used on her too, considering Keira’s been the long-time face of Chanel Mademoiselle. Below is the exact makeup look I used as a reference for my wedding day. It’s from one of Knightley’s premieres for her 2010 film Never Let Me Go.
The focus is obviously on the lashes here, and the shadow isn’t quite as dark. There’s more of a mauve, metallic feel to it as opposed to sooty. My own wedding makeup ended up consisting of a smokey eye using a deep eggplant shade and a rich espresso, along with Keira’s trademark shimmer in the corners of the eyes and on the places where light hits her face. And of course, I can’t ever resist a full, well-groomed set of eyebrows.
I cannot wait to see how Knightley turns out on the red carpet for her upcoming premieres and press junkets for Anna Karenina. And if she snags some nods during awards season, my (smokey) eyes will be glued to the telly! xo, MR