beauty queen: olivia thirlby

featuring exclusive photos and tips from her makeup artist!

by liza darwin

When learned that longtime NYLON friend Tina Turnbow would be prepping our 2009 NYLON cover girl Olivia Thirlby for the New York City premiere of 

Just Before 

I Go,

it was a collision of beauty worlds unlike anything else--so obviously, we had to get the scoop. We recruited Turnbow to give us exclusive details on how to recreate the actress' warm, glowy makeup. "Day to night" might be a cheesy cliche 99-percent of the time, but in the case of Thirlby (and her Tocca jacket-meets-Mara Hoffman transition), it totally fits. Check out the lowdown, plus see it in action in these exclusive photos, below. 


According to Turnbow, the prep began with a layer of

Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil

topped with

Laura Mercier Radiance Primer.

Then, use

Chantacaille Just Skin tinted moisturizer


MineralFusion concealer in Warm


and dust theT-zone area with

Make Up Forever HD powder.

Turnbow says she "

enhanced Olivia's already beautiful full eyebrows with a MAC eye brow pencil in Lingering

For the apple of her cheeks, use Tarte's cheek Stain in Flush and blend well. Next, smudge t

ogether Urban Decay in Roach and Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon in Chocolat, focusing on the outer corners of the eye. Finish by staining the lips with 

Aveda's Sheer Muscadine lipstick. 


Turnbow says "Olivia's evening look for the premiere of

Just Before I Go

was inspired by the gorgeous Mara Hoffman long flowing dress. Hairdresser Ryan Suhr and I decided on waved out hair with a middle part, strong eyes with a touch of metallic."  First, blend

MAC eyeshadows in Espresso and Mulch to the outer corner; for the metallic effect, use LAURA MERCIER Caviar Stick in Sand Glow on the center of lid, then lined the inner rim and corners of the eyes with Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Goldmine. "

Since the eye had so much shimmer, I kept the lips matte and nude using Hourglass lipstick in Nude No 4," she said.

It might be Monday, but who says we can't start planning next weekend around our makeup, like, now?

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photo by tina turnbow
photo by tina turnbow
photo by tina turnbow
photo by tina turnbow
photo by tina turnbow