Anne Hathaway Does ‘90s Cool

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Anne Hathaway at the Los Angeles premiere of Interstellar. Photo: Steve Granitz / Getty Images

The ‘90s influence isn’t going away anytime soon, judging by Anne Hathaway’s beauty inspiration for her Interstellar premiere. Draped in a midnight-blue Richard Nicoll gown with James Bank jewelry, the actress channeled the slip-dress trend of the early ‘90s—with easygoing-yet-sultry hair and makeup to match. The key to updating this look: texture and shape. Glossy hair and an unusual smoky eye keep it modern instead of retro. Here, her hair and makeup experts share how they created the look.

The Makeup Breakdown:
To create a subtle glow, makeup artist Kate Lee first moisturized Hathaway’s skin and applied Chanel’s Le Blanc de Chanel illuminating base. Then, using a damp Beautyblender sponge, she applied Chanel Perfection Lumière foundation; for a budget-friendly option, try Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Makeup. After dusting on a bit of Chanel Les Beiges powder, Lee warmed up Hathaway’s cheeks with Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Praline, a pretty neutral brown. 

Shifting focus to Hathaway’s eyes, Lee first curled the actress’s lashes. Then, using Chanel Intense Eye Pencil in Marine, she drew an outward line from the lashline before blending it into a soft round shape in the outer corner. (Another eyeliner option: Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner in Fierce Blue.) From there, Lee applied eyeshadow on top of the liner, blending the shadow out into a soft oval shape. Lee used the dark gunmetal shade from the Chanel eyeshadow quad in Tissé Gabrielle; we also like MAC eyeshadow in a similar shade, Satin Taupe. The result: an elongated smoky eye.

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The finishing touches to Hathaway’s makeup: a few coats of mascara, some false lashes, and Chanel Rouge Coco Crème lip color in Sentiment. (Get a similar look with Flower Kiss Stick in Nude Narcissus.)

The Hair: Step by Step
When hairstylist Adir Abergel saw Hathaway’s dress, he was transported back to the ’90s. “I wanted to keep the look deconstructed to keep the same energy since the dress is flowing, so I created a look with effortless texture and movement with a 90’s edge,” he says.

That movement was essential for Hathaway’s look, so Abergel applied Leonor Greyl Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice only from the roots to midshaft. After creating a deep side part, he applied the brand’s Éclat Naturel styling cream to the ends of hair. (Looking for a drugstore cream? Try L’Oréal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing Crème.) Abergel used a diffuser to dry Hathaway’s hair, scrunching it as he worked.

For texture, Abergel wound hair around a ¾ inch curling iron—but only from the roots to midway down the hair shaft, in order to create a loose wave. After pulling the right side of Hathaway’s hair over her eyebrow (for “that ‘90s edge,” Abergel says) he finished the look with Leonor Greyl Laque Souple, a hairspray with light to medium hold. Altogether, the look was, well, stellar—and just as easy to wear outside of Hollywood, too. 

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