Inside Lily Collins’s Mod Transformation for the ‘Emily in Paris’ Premiere

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“A little bit Françoise Hardy, a little bit Jean Shrimpton, a little bit Sharon Tate”—that’s how make-up artist Fiona Stiles describes the glam look seen on Emily in Paris star Lily Collins at Wednesday evening’s season two premiere. (The collection, created by Darren Star, returns to Netflix on December 22, simply in time for some much-needed distraction from the Greek alphabet.) These days, it’s significantly simple for the actor to slide right into a Nineteen Sixties homage, because of a set of wispy bangs reduce final month by hairstylist Gregory Russell. Add a sequined Valentino bubble costume, a bow-adorned headband, and doll-like lashes, and the mod renaissance is full. 

Lily Collins in her Valentino bubble costume at the Emily in Paris premiere.

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If the present appears to relish its place as a “fluffy, charming cliché souffle,” the place do the tropes of basic French magnificence match into the image? “I mean, it’s never not a reference for me,” says Stiles, talking by telephone shortly after she and Russell prepped Collins at the Los Angeles Edition resort. “It’s so simple and elegant, and it’s not trying too hard,” she says, referring to the archetypal codes that knowledgeable final evening’s pared-down look. Plus, she provides, “When you have a dress that’s a big statement, you want to factor in how the makeup compliments it and works with it”—which, in this case, meant addition by subtraction.

Collins checks her lipstick in the assortment’s heart-shaped mirror compact. Makeup, Fiona Stiles; hair, Gregory Russell.

By Gregory Russell.

As all Parisian grand-mères would possibly say, good skincare is the start line—a tenet mirrored in the new Emily in Paris x Lancôme collection, a meet-cute of necessities that features an Eiffel Tower–festooned version of the plumping Génifique serum. “I like to mix it in with a little bit of the foundation, so I can really control the amount of glow that I want,” says Stiles, who utilized a light-weight layer of the Teint Idole Ultra Wear together with strategic pinpoints of concealer. “I wanted her to look very fresh, so I actually put the blush placement up quite high, on the top of her cheekbones up towards her eyes”—an impact that gave Collins, a longtime Lancôme ambassador, a flush harking back to the premiere’s wall of pink roses. A dusting of faintly shimmery powder lent a “really beautiful dimensional sheen to the cheeks,” provides Stiles. 

For the eyes, it was all about matte definition. Using the model’s kohl liner, Stiles first sketched alongside the eyelid crease—“They call it a banane kind of shape”—utilizing a cotton swab to melt. The chestnut brown Define shade from the assortment’s heart-shaped palette additional sculpted the sockets; a success of the champagne-colored Illuminate adopted on high. “I wanted the lightness to bring that part of the eye forward and then the darkness to pull it back, so you’re really playing with chiaroscuro,” she says. It all set the stage for a Twiggy-esque double swipe of Monsieur Big mascara (over clear primer for good measure). “The lashes are what make it feel a little extra.”

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