American Hustle captures the fashion and make-up of the 1970s perfectly. Main star Amy Adams gave a terrific performance as con-woman Sydney Prosser and beauty expert Evelyne Noraz created the perfect look for her, including long curly hair and statement eyes.
She credited the actress’ stunning costumes for helping inspire her. “Seeing all the clothes was really helpful to incorporate the make-up, from the first time we meet her until the end of the movie,” Evelyne told hollywoodreporter.com.
You too can generate this smoky-eyed, pale-lipped look.
For the eyes, try out Bobbi Brown’s Old Hollywood Eye Palette. It features nine different shades and both matte and sparkly finishes. For Sydney’s eyes you’ll want to opt for a mixture of Fog, a dark heather grey, and Beige. You’ll only need to cover up to the crease in your eyelid – any higher will look too dramatic.
She also wears eyeliner on her bottom waterline, which makes the eyes pop even more. Use MAC’s Eye Pencil in Coffee to get this spot on. The muted brown colour will help define your peepers and complement the eyeshadow perfectly.
Evelyne wanted this look to represent Sydney’s change in lifestyle and personality when she meets her lover Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale).
“When she meets Christian Bale, her make-up starts getting darker. It’s part of the transition,” Evelyne explained.
When it comes to the lips, the nude colour doesn’t draw too much attention away from the dramatic eyes. Lancôme’s L’Absolu Nu lipstick in 205 Beige Charnel should be your first stop. This range is guaranteed to stay on all day and add extra moisture. It comes in 16 shades, all of which enhance your lips’ natural colour, and the Beige Charnel is a great choice for this look.
Or try out L’Oréal Paris’ Color Riche Lip in 235 Nude. It suits all skin tones and gives a lovely glossy finish.
Lastly there’s Sydney’s flawless complexion, which was created with the help of Nars’ Blush-Bronzer Powder Duo. This little set will help contour your cheekbones and give that same glow seen in the movie. All you need is a light application to make a noticeable difference.