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Julie Bowen’s Earthy Smokey Eyes And Matte Rose Lips At The 2011 Golden Globes


One-shoulder dresses were plentiful at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards — from glorious designs like Mila Kunis’ emerald green Vera Wang gown and Edie Falco’s red Valentino gown, with its fitted bodice and up-to-three side slit, to red carpet eye sores like Julianne Moore’s hot pink, puff-sleeved Lanvin dress and Christina Hendricks’ spicy red, silk crepe Romona Keveza dress with its cha-cha-esque ruffled strap. And, although she hasn’t been trumpeted in most media outlets as figuring among the evening’s best dressed, possibly due to the feminine but understated vibe of her gown choice, Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen dazzled in a floor-length, sandy taupe Tadashi Shoji dress with overlapping, flower-like, tulle ruffles adorning the piece’s one shoulder and flowing down the asymmetrical bust line, their slightly frayed edges adding a touch of deconstruction.

To complement the subdued tones of Bowen’s gown, makeup artist Heather Currie created a simple, earthy look aimed at accentuating her client’s impressive bone structure and glowing skin. To prep Bowen’s skin, Currie used Tarte’s Clean Slate Natural Primer, which hydrates skin with avocado oil and safflower seed oil, smooths fine lines with antioxidant-rich hibiscus flower extract, and soothes skin with inflammation-reducing echinacea; then followed up with theTarte ReCreate Anti-Aging Foundation With Wrinkle Rewind Technology with SPF 15, which features antioxidant-rich goji berry and peat and wheat extracts, in the Cool Bisque No. 4 shade. Next, she applied Tarte’s Dark Circle Defense, a creamy concealer with anti-inflammatory honey extract and antioxidant-rich vitamin E, under eyes. To amp up the skin’s luminosity, she dabbed Tarte’s new Smooth Operator Illuminating Serum along Bowen’s cheekbones, contouring her well-defined bone structure. To add a hint of color to cheeks, Currie applied the new Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blissful on the apple of cheeks, layering on a hint of the Flush shade. The entire visage was covered with Tarte’s Provocateur Mineral Powder in Light to seal the look and add a bit of coverage. Last, to mattify skin and control shine, Currie dusted Tarte’s Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder along the T-Zone area and under the eyes.

Earthy eye shadow tones with a metallic tint were the focus of this look, and so Currie layered several shadows to yield a unique, nuanced color with a rich texture. First, she primed lids by smoothing on the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Eyebase. Next, she applied the sienna and cocoa eye shadow hues found in Tarte’s Femme Naturale palette, as well as the darker brown shades in the new neutralEYES Eyeshadow Palette, smoking them at the line with the emphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliners in Charcoal and Brown. Since Bowen’s dress had a hint of silver, Currie applied a shimmering gray shade from the neutralEYES palette to her lids, layering this metallic color above the brown shadows she had previously applied. Next, she turned to the medium brown shades in the aforementioned palettes, brushing them along the outer corners of eyes and upwards at the crease. Last, the re-lined the outer corners to create a subtle cat eye effect. Lashes were curled with Tarte’s Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler, an ergonomically designed curler with easy-to-grip silicone pads, and coated with Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara, which conditions, lengthens, and plumps lashes.

To keep the look soft and demure, Currie used a barely there shade on lips, keeping the attention on Bowen’s earthy smoky eye makeup. After polishing off any dry or flaking skin with the grainy half of Tarte’s FRxtion Sugar Exfoliator & Lip Balm Duo, rinsing, and gliding on the creamy, moisturizing half of the dual-action lip product,  Currie coated Bowen’s lips with the LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Stain in Hope, a warm rose shade.

The gown and makeup, then, worked together in an exemplary instance of aesthetic synergy, making Bowen’s look seem effortlessly elegant.

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