Penélope Cruz, 40s
With her Spanish background, Penélope likes to make the most of her sultry vibe on the red carpet with smoky eyes. Penélope, 43, creates a dramatic eye look that works well for her skin tone. “When opting for smoky eyes, it’s always best to work on the eyes first, as you may get ‘fall-out’ from the darker eyeshadows,” advises Nicola. “This can ruin your foundation.” To begin to recreate this look, use a soft eyeliner to line the upper and lower lash lines. “You can blend this with a brush or cotton bud,” says Nicola. “Apply the darkest eyeshadow shade to the outer corner of the eyes. Aubergine shades are perfect for this. Then trace back over your eyeliner and apply a volumising mascara to create fuller, thicker lashes.” Fill in sparse brows and choose a long-wearing foundation with medium coverage. Nicola also recommends subtle contouring for the cheeks. “If you are fair-skinned, go for a soft taupe bronzer and more of an apricot or peach blush,” she adds.
Get the look: 1. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear, $72. 2. Elizabeth Arden Statement Brow, $50. 3. Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Insatiable Ivory, $63. 4. Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Innocent Peach, $57. 5. Rimmel London Volume Shake Mascara, $22. 6. Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen Ball Point in Blackest Black, $33.