TIFF 2013: The beauty secrets behind Olivia Wilde’s sexy ’60s red carpet look

TIFF 2013 Olivia Wilde red carpet beauty
Photography by Jen Schenkel for Revlon
TIFF 2013 Olivia Wilde red carpet beauty
Photography by Jen Schenkel for Revlon

Olivia Wilde looked cheerful and flirty with her beau Jason Sudeikis at her red carpet premiere of Rush on Sunday night, a mood enhanced by her ’60s sexpot cat-eyes and tousled waves. L.A.-based makeup artist Melanie Inglessis (who also did Wilde’s makeup for FASHION’s September cover) was responsible for her look, which was a nod to the retro feel of the film, the true story of rival race-car drivers in the 1970s.

“I did a really sharp black line on the eyes and a lot of lashes, like a modern Sophia Loren,” says Inglessis, who used a full strip of lashes for each eye but cut it into five pieces, applying them along the lashline and on top of one another for maximum coquettishness. “It was a flared cat-eye, shorter at the beginning and longer at the end.”

To keep the look modern, Inglessis kept Wilde’s skin dewy and fresh by mixing Revlon PhotoReady SkinLights in the lightest shade with foundation, and also smoothed the illuminator onto her legs and collarbones, highlighted as they were by the interesting halter neckline of her Roland Mouret LBD. “She’s very easygoing. She’s into collaborating with hair and makeup and styling,” says Inglessis. “She makes sure that the makeup does not wear her but she wears the makeup, and she feels confident and sexy, and I think it shows on the red carpet.”