Bond Girl Bérénice Marlohe

It seems like everyone’s seen Skyfall. Smashing records like they were going out of fashion, it’s now 2012′s biggest film. So it makes me really chuffed to think that I was there right at the start. Well, it was actually even BEFORE the start!

It was at last November’s swanky press launch, before director Sam Mendes had even shot a second of footage, that it all began. The event was held to announce the cast, the crew and the name of the 007′s 50th anniversary outing and I was asked to work with the actress who would play the latest in a long line of iconic Bond girls, Bérénice Marlohe. As this was her unveiling to the world, I knew she had to look special.

Creating those first images was a total pleasure. Bérénice is brave and experimental with her make-up – something I always like. Since that launch we’ve worked together several times, on everything from magazine shoots to press junkets. On one such junket she even asked me to give her some sexy blood red eyeshadow. I told you she was brave!

So as Bérénice heads effortlessly towards superstardom, I thought I’d share a couple of looks that I created for her. Enjoy!
After treating the skin with Origins Brighter By Nature serum I used MAC Prep And Prime base on the eyes (this is a strong look and I wanted it to stay put – hence the base).
I then worked with MAC Carbon and Vibrant Grape eyeshadows. Be careful though – purples and blacks are a recipe for that unwanted ‘black eye’ look so make sure you’re colour balancing and shaping nicely. Get it right and you’ll get that dramatic look that Bond girls are so famous for.
Next I put a matt black eyeliner (Armani Maestro) into the lash lines, followed by a strip of lashes and coatings of L’Oreal telescopic mascara. Brows were very definite in this look too. I emphasised them using Estée Lauder Automatic Eye Duo in Soft Black. Again, it’s not a look for the faint-hearted but since ‘girly’ wasn’t what we were aiming for, we really went for it!
After the eyes were painted I started creating the face canvas. First up, YSL’s Teint Radiance  foundation went on the face. Cheeks were then sculptured using  L’Oreal Paris True Match Blusher in Nude Brown. Finally, I slicked the lips with a mix of Clinique Chubby Sticks  in Woppin’ Watermelon and Mighty Mimosa.
For this look I used Bobbi Brown eyeshadows in Dark Chocolate, Mahogany and Smoke going into the black eyeliner. It’s the layering up of tones that creates that intense  look in the eye. Cheek highlight was emphasised with the Benefit Classic High Beam and the lips were neutralised with Clinique Chubby Stick in Heaping Hazelnut.
I hope you like!