Emilia Clarke’s white-blond hair and tan skin in Game of Thrones makes her almost unrecognizable to fans in real life, but luckily her beauty team is hard at work creating statement-making looks to get her noticed on the red carpet. Case in point: she arrived at the HBO show’s third season premiere with dark, look-at-me brows, charcoal-blue eye makeup, and smooth center-parted hair. We definitely took notice, even if she was missing her three dragons and leather-clad band of followers.
Makeup artist Dawn Broussard started with Hourglass’ No. 28 Primer Serum ($65) then applied the brand’sVeil Fluid Makeup ($60) with Shiseido’s Perfect Foundation Brush ($30). “I did Emily Current’s makeup for her wedding and she turned me onto this brush,” says Broussard. “It blends foundation so amazingly well—I’m obsessed with it!” Next up was Hourglass’ Hidden Corrective Concealer ($32). “I applied concealer under her eyes, but also on the bridge of her nose and on her chin to lightly highlight,” Broussard says. For contour she swept Cargo’s Matte Medium Bronzer ($28) under Clarke’s cheekbones, Chanel’s Powder Blush ($43) in In Love onto the actress’ cheeks, and M.A.C.’s Shaping Powder ($17) in Lightsweep onto her temples, blending down to her cheeks.
“The trick to a smoky eye is to apply a little color and blend, so it doesn’t get too dark,” Broussard says. She started by lining Clarke’s eyes with M.A.C.’s Eye Kohl ($16) in Blooz and Prunella then using Nars’Trio Eyeshadow ($45) in Okinawa to create depth. “I focused the dark blue below her crease and the silver on the inner corners of her eyes,” she says. To keep the lashes defined, yet soft, she used black mascara on the top and brown on the bottom.
To enhance Clarke’s naturally full brows, Broussard chose a color a shade lighter than the actress’ brows: Laura Mercier’s Brow Powder Duo ($24) in Deep Blonde. “This isn’t her actual color, but the correct shade will make them a little too dark,” Broussard says. To set them in place she applied M.A.C.’s Brow Set($16) in Clear.
Broussard applied Nars’ Satin Lipstick ($26) in Blonde Venus to Clarke’s lips before reaching for the brand’s Lipliner Pencil ($22) in Fantasia. “Lining the entire lip can look dated, so I just use a little on the center after I apply lipstick and blend it out,” she says. Using the same M.A.C. highlighter she used on the actress’ temples, Broussard pressed the powder into the center of Clarke’s lips with her finger and patted on one more coat of lipstick.
“I wanted her to look striking,” says hairstylist Jenny Cho. “So I gave her hair a structured minimalism with a dead center part, which always looks strong.” To start Cho prepped Clarke’s locks with Suave Professionals’ Heat Protection Spray ($4) and smoothed a few drops of the brand’s Moroccan Infusion Oil($7) through the ends of her hair. (If you want extra shine spritz on TIGI’s Catwalk Your Highness ($20) between the two products.) Cho created a center part with a comb before blow-drying the actress’ hair in sections with Mason Pearson’s Popular Mixture Brush ($170). (Try Macadamia Natural Oil’s Nylon/Boar Bristle Cushion Paddle Brush ($35) for a similar result.) Cho flat-ironed the actress’ hair in sections and set it with hair spray. “I tucked her hair behind her ears and inserted one bobby pin right behind each ear to really lock it in place,” Cho says. It may not be long, blonde, and braided, but it’s still beautiful.