beauty queen: kate mara

the house of cards star plays her cards right on the red carpet.

by ray siegel

At the House of Cards series premiere in London— it's a new show about corrupt politics in DC premiering next month on Netflix and we're totally watching it—Kate Mara rocked sleek hair, eyeliner and not much else. The actress's beauty look makes an important point: A little goes a long way. Sure, we're known to go all out, but we also subscribe to the theory that less can definitely be more—especially when planning a makeup look to go with an already over-the-top outfit.

Get her look in three steps:

BLEND IT: Sephora Instant Radiance Foundation, $22

Use a foundation brush to paint on the product starting towards the center of your face. Use a wedge sponge for further blending then dab the sponge over your eyelids for coverage.

LINE IT: Sephora Collection Retractable Eyeliner in Black, $12

Pull your eyelid taut and draw a thick, straight line across the top and bottom lash line.

LASH IT: Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black, $19.50

This brush is designed to hit lashes from every possible angle and promises to increase lash volume.