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Liv in Glamour

Glamour, September 2005

"Liv has the creamiest complexion I've ever seen! I used deep, sheer colors to create a dramatic contrast with her fair skin." -Nicolas Degennes

She may be the face of Givenchy makeup, but the genius behind all those signature pretty colors is Nicolas Degennes. The native Frenchman realized he could channel his passion for painting and theater into a career as a cosmetics pro when, as a teenager, he studied with renowned French makeup artist Dany Sanz; he has since worked extensively in film and for fashion luminaries like Thierry Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier. As the artistic director of Givenchy Makeup and Color, Degennes met Tyler for the first time a couple of years ago during the shoot for the Givenchy Very Irresistible fragrance ad campaign; they've been working together every since. "I am usually a bit controlling about what a makeup artist does to my face," says the actress. "But I just let Nicolas try things out on me because sometimes he does things I would never think of. It's amazing to see someone else's interpretation of who you are or what they think you should look like. It's like playing a part."

You need to have a light touch. Dab charcoal eyeshadow on the inner and outer corners of your upper lids (the secret is to pick a slightly shimmery formulation; it'll reflect light and look less heavy and thick, says Degennes). Use a violet shade on the middle of lids and long lower lash lines; then dust sheer pink eyeshadow on top of everything from upper lash lines to brows with a large, fluffy brush. This will soften the dark color and blend everything together so there are no hard lines. (All the shades Degennes used are from the Givenchy Prisme Again Metal Eyes palette, $45, select Saks Fifth Avenue, 212-940-2555.) To offset intense eye makeup, use pale pink blush on cheeks and a subtle plum stain topped with clear gloss on lips. (Tyler's wearing Givenchy Lip Lip Lip Light in Metallic Night, $23, 212-940-2555.)

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