While Charleston “Charlie” Tucker (Katherine Heigl) wears many hats as a CIA analyst, there are only a few distinct “faces” that will fit underneath.
“Charlie has basically three looks,” State of Affairs Makeup Department Head Carmé Tenuta told OSS in a phone interview. “One is her going to work look, which is when she meets with her team and they prep her on what’s going on with the world. That’s her basic look.”
The second is when she goes in and briefs the President (Alfre Woodard). “That look is a little more sophisticated, a little more professional, so we bump up the look a little more.”
Finally, is Charlie’s glamour look (read: when she attends state dinners and other special events). “That look is bumped up more with color,” the makeup department head said. “Her eyes are stronger and so forth.”
No matter which (literal) face the actress has on, though, Carmé insisted that the key to looking so polished and confident comes from one of the major pillars of the makeup artistry. “The most important step is blending. Blend! Blend! Blend! If it’s not blended — whether it’s the foundation, whether it’s the blush, whether it’s the eyes — it’s impossible for her to look polished.”
Below, Carmé reveals the products she uses to achieve a look for the actress “that is as natural as possible.”
CHARLIE’S FACE AND CHEEKS
STEP 1: SKINCARE
Katherine is dedicated to Kate Somerville products for her pre-makeup skincare routine (pictured is Kate Somerville Clinic Solutions kit). “Her skin is flawless,” Carmé said.
STEP 2: FOUNDATION
The makeup artist mixes Senna Primer with Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (“Katie loves it, and I love it!”) and applies her concotion using a BeautyBlender. “It gives really nice coverage.”
STEP 3: CORRECT AND CONCEAL
Carmé applies Colorscience Mineral Corrector Palette one time and says she never has to touch it up again. “I put it under her eyes, and I also brush a light stroke on the bridge of her nose. It’s a concealor and a highlighter. The consistency is like a cream-to-powder.”
STEP 4: CONTOUR
Carmé likes to place the most emphasis on Katherine’s cheekbones. “I sculpt her face with the [Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel bronzer],” she explained. “This is the most important step for Katie.”
STEP 5: BLUSH
The actress’ cheek color comes from Stila Convertible Color in “Peony”. “I use that with a rounded brush and I start with the ball of her cheeks and I take it all the way back — you don’t brush it, you tap it on.”
STEP 6: HIGHLIGHT
Carmé uses a very light hand when applying Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in “Radiant Light” to Katherine’s face. “I just brush literally one stroke above her cheek bones,” she said.
STEP 7: SET MAKEUP
The beauty maven said she applies Dior Loose Powder “ever so slightly” with a fan brush. “I try to use as a little powder as possible.”
STEP 8: TOUCH UP
Besides a swirl of loose powder, Carmé also likes to use MAC Blot Film to touch Katherine up on set. “The best way to use the blotting papers is to wrap the paper around a makeup sponge and then blot. It makes it easier and you can get in the corners.” [EDITOR’S NOTE: Apparently the star herself was equally impressed with this beauty advice as I was. “That’s a good little tip there!” Carmé said after I confirmed my delight in it. “Katie even liked that tip!”]
CHARLIE’S EYE MAKEUP
1.MAC Paint Pot in “Painterly” 2. MAC Paint Pot in “Constructivist” 3. MAC Fluidline in “Dip Down” 4. Chanel Inimitable Mascara
CHARLIE’S LIP COLOR
1. Clinique Chubby Stick in “Whole Lotta Honey” 2. Clinique Chubby Stick in “Super Strawberry” 3. Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in “Nooner” 4. Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in “Rule 34” 5. YSL Sheer Candy Glossy Balm in “Cherise Desir” 6. Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in “305 Brick”
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