Move over, Renee Zellweger, because there's another celebrity in town whose revamped look has caused more whiplash from double takes than Kim Kardashian's "gown" at the Grammys. Uma Thurman debuted a new makeup look on the red carpet for her series The Slap, which will debut on NBC February 12. Twitter was abuzz with fans and critics questioning if the 44-year-old actress had gone under the knife to achieve her fresh-faced appearance, or if cosmetic wizardry and a trick of the light lent the Pulp Fiction alum the facade of plastic surgery. Whether or not surgery was involved remains to be seen, but fans neglected notice the aesthetic choice Thurman made with her makeup which contributed to the impression that the actress had just returned from a yearlong spa retreat, namely to highlight a rosy, lit-from-within glow as opposed to smothering skin in heavy cosmetics.
When done correctly, makeup can be the ultimate, instant anti-aging and luminizing treatment, and Thurman's face provides the perfect point-by-point illustration. Whether you've skimped on sleep or devoured enough sodium to salt every icy sidewalk in New York City, read on for a step by step guide on how to achieve Uma Thurman's new look using only makeup, no invasive surgery required.
1. Apply A Luminous Base
No matter how much foundation or highlighter you layer on, your face won't achieve a Thurman-esque glow unless you prep skin with a luminous base. After massaging in serum, sunscreen, moisturizer, and whatever else you may enjoy using to pamper your skin, smooth on brightening primer to prepare your skin for foundation or tinted moisturizer. Try Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer for a candle-lit glow.
Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer, $34, shop.nordstrom.com
2. Give Yourself A Bronzed Glow
After allowing your base to set and buffing in a thin layer of foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB cream, add warmth to your complexion by bronzing your skin where the sun would naturally illuminate your face. Thurman's healthy complexion is given a boost with a light dose of bronzer around the edges of her face and at the hairline. Using a Beauty Blender sponge or contouring brush, gently swirl a cream or gel bronzer across the nose, under your cheekbones, up towards your temples, and around the edges of your forehead.
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, $48, chanel.com
3. Highlight The High Points Of Your Face
Perhaps most important feature of Thurman's look is the radiance which seems to emanate from within. Though a healthy diet and cardio will accomplish the same glow eventually, Thurman utilizes highlighter to give the impression of inner incandescence. Tap on highlighter like Nars The Multiple in Copacabana over the tops of cheekbones, on the cupid's bow of your lips, and down the bridge of your nose for an angelic visage.
Nars The Multiple in Copacabana, $39, saksfifthavenue.com
4. Mask And Brighten Under Eye Circles
If, like Thurman, you wish to impart the impression that you're pink with health and slept 11 hours last night instead of four, the way to do so is through a miracle-working under eye concealer. Take down any puffiness with a cold compress, and follow by blending several dots of under eye concealer such as Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer in a half moon shape under eyes and at the inner corner.
Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer, $31, bergdorfgoodman.com
5. Fake A Rosy Glow
Thurman's look is pulled together by a warm, rosy glow accenting the apples of her cheeks. When painting on a berry-hued blush like Thurman's, less is always more, as you can add an extra touch of color, but removing it is time-consuming and difficult. Using your fingers, smooth a gel blush like Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Deep Wine onto the apples of your cheeks, and blend until the product appears more like a natural flush than a dash of makeup.
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée, $22, sephora.com
6. Add A Statement Lip
Instead of directing attention towards a smokey eye or a swipe of statement eyeliner, Thurman placed the focus on her lips with a warm red lipstick. To achieve the same effect, select a creamy formula in a crimson hue like NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella, a rich, true red shade. Blot lips and apply another layer of lipstick for added staying power.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella, $32, sephora.com
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