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Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 |

Emmys 2013: Kate Mara Hair, Makeup and Nails

Kate Mara set off her sexy, slitted J. Mendel gown with a sleek and modern bob, courtesy celebrity hair stylist Alex Polillo for Vidal Sassoon Pro Series.  He shares with Solessence readers how you can get the look:

The Hair: Sleek, Glossy Bob

Alex and Kate went for a sleek, tight look to show off her new bob haircut. Alex and Kate were originally going to create a ponytail, but decided they wanted to pick a modern hairstyle that flaunted her new cut along with her white J. Mendel gown. 

 Here’s how Alex created Kate’s look:

  1. Starting with wet hair, apply a generous amount of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Mega Firm Hold Gel throughout all of the hair and comb through evenly.
  2. Then create a deep diagonal side part for added drama.
  3. Using a Mason Pearson flat brush and a blowdryer on a medium setting, brush hair flat to the head and then follow with heat from the dryer. Use the nozzle to amp up the shine and create an extremely smooth style.
  4. Spray Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extra Firm Hold Hairspray from the roots to the length to set your style
  5. If the ends tend to flip out, use a flat iron to get them smooth and then finish the whole look with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extreme Smooth Combing Crème.


The Face: Warming trends

Celebrity makeup artist Coleen Campbell – Olwell used Orlane products for Kate’s warm and fabulously fall look for the Emmys.  Get the white & gold look at home:

“To prep Kate’s skin, I began with the Orlane Elixir Royal, it gives such a nice canvas to the skin that it was perfect for the night.  Next, we applied the Super-Moisturizing Light Cream, which I love because it is not greasy at all so it doesn’t break up the makeup but really holds it in place and is super moisturizing.  Then, I applied a bit of the Crème Royale Yeux to her eyes.


For tonight, Kate is wearing a beautiful, long white dress with a bit of edge and a deep side part, so we wanted to go with a bronzy, gold look on the eyes and keep everything really warm.

For her eyes, I used a gold along her lids and then a bronze along the outside to create a more cat eye shape and then lined the inside of her eyes with a bronze eye pencil.  To take her eyes to the next level, the Orlane Volume Care Mascara was key. I was so impressed with this mascara because it gives the lashes almost a lacquered look, which added to the edginess and made them look super long and voluminous.  This mascara is amazing, I really love it!  I also used the Highlight Care Brush to highlight the inner corners of her eyes, which really draws the audiences’ eyes to hers.  Lastly, to define her brows, I used the Dior Brow Styler in Universal Brown.

Then, I went in again with the Highlight Care Brush and applied it straight from the applicator onto her cheekbones.  I also applied it on her cupid’s bow with my finger in a tapping motion to give her lips a poutier look.

Next, I used a big fluffy brush to apply the Orlane Bronzer right underneath the cheekbones.  I tapped it on and the blended it out very well.  This bronzer is great because it’s matte but there is still a tiny hint of a glow so it doesn’t look dead on the skin.  The contrast with the highlight on the cheekbones is gorgeous and really gives more dimension to the face.  Then, I brushed the bronzer along the hairline to complete the overall warmth that we were going for.

Lastly, to keep her t-zone from getting too shiny throughout the night, I applied a light dusting of the Transparent Loose Powder.”


The Nails: White Hot

Celebrity nail artist Kimmie Kyees used Red Carpet Manicure in White Hot to finish Kate’s look.  After creating 15 looks, the actor chose a chevron design.


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