If you ever want to look beautiful, Christy Coleman, celebrity makeup artist, is your gal. Since meeting on Alessandra’s first Victoria’s Secret shoot, the duo has produced unforgettable looks for the Brazilian bombshell. From the flirty and seductive to simple and bare, Christy knows how to create a world with a stroke of a brush.
So, when it came time to shoot the ále by Alessandra campaign, it was a no brainer. Christy was the beauty arm of Alessandra’s dream team. Equipped with an arsenal of brushes and inspired by a palette of desert hues, the coquettish clothes and Alessandra’s own sense of fun, she created the campaign’s signature sun-kissed makeup look.
What inspired the makeup for this shoot?
I would say this look is desert, Coachella, Burning Man-inspired, with sexiness of Bridgette Bardot. And obviously very inspired by Alessandra. Since this is her brand and her identity, it was important for me to keep Alessandra in mind. It wasn’t just a look. It was more about how Alessandra looks best and about her personality.
What are the products you need to get this look?
A long-lasting, brown liner so it doesn’t bleed or smudge. You also need a great bronzer to add contouring, mascara and a neutral lipstick or gloss.
How do you get this look?
We didn’t want to close the eye in, so it was important to not put a lot of make up on top of the eye. We also left the under part bare. Alessandra always likes a bit of a flirtatious eye, so we added a bit of a kick with the liner at the outer corner of her eyes. We finished the eyes with mascara. Since she has beautiful skin, we just did a bit of bronzer for sunburst cheeks. We balanced the overall look with a neutral lip.
There are so many neutral lipsticks. Which is best for this look?
We chose a neutral lip, with a touch of pink instead of yellow. The colors in the desert are really neutral, so if the lip went too neutral for this shoot, it would fall flat. That touch of pink helps it pop against the landscape and the palette of the clothes.
How can you get that amazing skin, even if you have to fake it?
Take a moisturizer and mix a touch of your foundation with it so it doesn’t get really heavy. Rather than making skin opaque or matte, this gives a healthy glow to skin. It also hides imperfections.
How do you take this look into night?
I wouldn’t do too much. To add a little drama, take a bit of the brown liner and break it into your lower lashes. Add more mascara, at least one or two more coats. Then do a little bit more contour on the cheekbones. The neutral lip still works since the focus is the eyes and the skin.