beauty queen: rooney mara

get schooled on her perfect smokey eye.

by liza darwin

Rooney Mara is an actress who knows exactly what looks work best for her. Minimalist, directional designs? Check. Mostly-neutral color palette? Check. Old Hollywood makeup, with long lashes,  and berry lips? Check and check.

But while we can typically count on Mara to stick with tried-and-true staples and look gorgeous, the 28-year-old pushed the beauty boundaries at last week's Downtown Calvin Klein event with a silver smokey eye and nude lips. As the face of the brand, Mara's makeup artist crafted a "modern interpretation of the smokey eye" with products from, yep, Calvin Klein.

We might not be film ingenues or have a beauty contract, but what we do have is the step-by-step guide on how to get her look below. Next best thing?

COLOR IT: ck one Color Eyeshadow in Evolved- $15

Swipe on this taupe-gray color with a brush, extending past the lids and onto your browbone. If you really want intensity, dip your brush into water before applying. Oh, and don't be afraid to layer! 

LIFT IT: ck one Color Mascara in Black- $18

Give lashes a major lift with this customizable wand. It'll make them pop enough to showcase the dramatic shadow, without clumps or that annoying piled-on effect. 

SWIPE IT: ck one Color Pure Color Lipstick in Whatever- $16

One swipe of this pinky-nude hue, and you're good to go. We love it because it works so well with Mara's porcelain complexion without washing her out.