Fashion influencer, shoe designer, It-girl, globetrotterвЂ¦ Chiara Ferragni is many things, but camera-shy isn't one of them. вЂњMy favorite part of getting ready for a big event is when I'm ready to rock the red carpet,вЂќ she says. вЂњI feel really energetic, and I can't wait to be under the flashing lights!вЂќ With almost three million Instagram followers and a global following for her fashion blog, The Blonde Salad, Ferragni is no stranger to being in front of a camera. We got the chance to get ready with her for Elle's annual Women in Hollywood Awards (in her new LA digs, no less). With the help of makeup artist Nikki DeRoest, Ferragni channeled old Hollywood glamour with big hair, shimmery lids, and the perfect pink lip. Keep scrolling to see how the magic happened!Lawrence Lim
вЂњI usually decide on my outfit first, and then I think about my hair and makeup style according to what I'm wearing,вЂќ Ferragni says. In this case, it happens to be a sleek, black Calvin Klein Collection jumpsuit, which she eagerly shows us mid-way through hair and makeup.В вЂњI never like to decide the beauty look until I see what Chiara is wearing,вЂќ DeRoest says. вЂњFor the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards, we wanted to keep the look effortlessly cool: Calvin-chic with natural glam.вЂќВ
When we asked Ferragni if she's an eye or lip girl, she knew her answer immediately: вЂњI'm an eye girl for sure!вЂќ She says she prefers to play with her eyes to match all her different outfits. вЂњYou can also tell from my Chiara Ferragni shoe collection. There's an entire line dedicated to winking eyes. I even have an evil eye tattooed on my finger!вЂќLawrence Lim
DeRoest used CK One's The New Nude Fall Collection Powder Eyeshadow ($15) in Misbehave, blending it into Ferragni's top and lower lash lines. вЂњIt's the perfect shade of brown with a little flick of metallic,вЂќ she says. вЂњIt really brings out the blue in Chiara's eyes.вЂќ
The jet-set life can take a toll on your skin, but Ferragni takes the time to treat her skin in between events. вЂњI normally do a lot of facials,вЂќ she says. вЂњI always keep my skin moisturized. I try to drink a lot of water to keep my skin fresh!
DeRoest tapped CK One's Cream + Powder Blush Duo ($25) in Happiness on the apples of Ferragni's cheeks to give her skin a natural peachy flush, then swiped Kiko's Stick HighlighterВ (one of the brands in our list of beauty products Italian women love!) above her cheekbones for extra glow. Ferragni said her skin always gets вЂњreally soft and brightвЂќ after using the Italian cult product. To finish, she tapped a bit of Chanel's Poudre Universelle Libre ($52) lightly into her T-zone to keep shine under control.ВLawrence Lim
As for Ferragni's hair, DeRoestВ said she doesn't like to do anything too out of the ordinary for the red carpet. вЂњWe gave it a little natural movement, and moved the part closer to the center,вЂќ she says. She boosted volume with Kevin Murphy's Fresh AirВ Dry Shampoo ($38), teased at the roots and scrunched it in with her fingers, then smoothed things over with a wide flat brush.Lawrence Lim
вЂњI usually do a nourishing hair mask the day before a big event,вЂќ Ferragni tells us, when we asked how she keeps her mane in tip-top shape. вЂњA KГ©rastase treatment makes my hair shiny and soft.вЂќ
And finally, the lips-В DeRoestВ cocktailed three CK One products for the perfect glossy pink lip: вЂњI lined her lips three-quarters of the way with CK OneВ Soft Defining Lip PencilВ ($13) in Lovely, then used the brand'sВ Shine LipstickВ in High on top, a nice sheen-y lipstick in the perfect pinky nude shade. I then topped it off with a little CK OneВ LipglossВ ($15) in Sugar, just in the center of her lips to give a little more dimension.вЂќLawrence Lim
The Final Look
When we ask Ferragni for the best beauty tip she's ever learned, we expected her to rattle off a list. Instead, she's sweet and to the point: вЂњBe yourself. Don't overdo it with makeup. Keep it natural, and always use highlighter!вЂќ We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
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Pictured: Calvin Klein Collection Jumpsuit