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“This particular look is very red-carpet,” says Press, “but you don’t have to let it overpower you. It’s all about the complete package: the hair, the face, the dress.” The stonework detail on this Mandalay gown does the talking, so you can leave the accessories at home. Crystal-encrusted or gold-colored heels will bring out the detailing, while the rose print lace overlay adds warmth to the look.
To achieve a sexy, side-swept ’40s feel for medium, wavy hair, blow dry with a large round brush and work a matte-finish pomade onto the ends. Soften curls with an iron on high heat, and hold with working spray.
Time it takes: Forty minutes.
Make me over
“Jennifer has an olive skin tone, so we could be a little more dramatic here,” says Press. For smoky eyes, stroke a mid-tone golden-peach shadow onto lids. With a defining brush, apply taupe shadow in creases and outer corners using a windshield-wiper motion and blend outward. Line lids with carbon-black gel liner and get glam lashes with three coats of black volumizing mascara. For cheeks, sweep with a deep pink powder blush. Accentuate lips with plum or wine-colored lipstick and top with a warm, shimmery pink gloss. “The makeup is bold, but you can wear this look anywhere,” adds Press. “Throw on a pair of Rock & Republic jeans with a great casual top for a rock concert in the city — it’s that wearable.”
Details: Mandalay jewel-encrusted gown in Smoke Grey; MAC Cosmetics, including “Plum Royale” Cremestick liner and “Star Nova” Lustreglass gloss.