They say Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen was discovered by talent scouts at the tender age of 14 while chowing down on burgers at McDonald’s. By 2006, Forbes had named her the highest-paid model in the business! Fresh and animated, with deep blue eyes, tawny skin and lithe, sinuous curves, she’s a modern-day enchantress. Here she is in a palette of sand, bronze and muted peach. Makeup artist Deborah Grayson tells us how to get her breezy, beachy look.
Step 1: Start with a clean, lightly moisturized face; allow the moisturizer to seep in for a few minutes before applying makeup.
Step 2: Using a damp sponge, apply a fine film of creamy (but not oily) stick foundation to any ruddy or blemished areas of the face, neck and shoulders.
Step 3: With your fingertips, dot a tiny bit of the same cream foundation onto the area just under the eyes, to hide any darkness or shadows you might have; blend in soft patting (not pulling) motions.
Step 4: Dip a flat, fan-shaped contour brush into loose flesh-toned translucent powder. Shake off any excess and apply the powder lightly to the cheeks. The powder will set a base for the contour, which you’ll apply in the next step.
Step 5: With the same fan-shaped contour brush, place a sandy, bronze blush to the apples of the cheeks, moving back toward the ears.
Step 6: In the same direction you applied the blush, repeat step 4, to “diffuse and evenly distribute your sandy bronze blush, creating a subtle circle of color,” says Grayson.
Step 7: Next, define the brows using an angled, hard-bristled liner brush dipped in blonde brow powder. If you don’t have a marked arch like Gisele’s and you’d like to create one, you might try experimenting with an eyebrow kit that contains stencils.
Step 8: Outline the eyes using a pointed eyeliner brush and opaque coffee brown cream liner. To emulate Gisele’s subdued look, trace a fine across the upper lash line, staying as close to the lashes as you can manage.
Step 9: With the same pointed brush and what remains of the coffee brown liner, apply it to the bottom third of the lower lash line; for a really subtle line, you don’t need to re-dip your brush.
Step 10: Use an oval-shaped eye shadow brush to place a crescent of russet brown shadow just at the outer edge of the eyelids.
Step 11: Next, use a cotton swab to apply an iridescent, pearly powder eye shadow just above the creases of each eye; blend back and forth in soft “windshield wiper” motions, allowing the powder to subtly disperse for a soft halolike effect.
Step 12: Apply two coats of medium brown mascara.
Step 13: Fill the entire lips with a fleshy nude liner pencil.
Step 14: Use a lip brush to apply a shiny, translucent peach-tinted gloss.