Photo: Everett Collection.
Adelaide Kane As Mary, Queen Of Scots In Reign (2013 To Present)
While watching a period show centered on power play, intrigue, and very adult dangerous liaisons in the French Elizabethan-era court, one might forget that the reigning leaders are barely old enough to be sophomores in high school. Aussie actress Adelaide Kane was 23 when she started playing 15-year-old
Mary, Queen of Scots, as she landed in France to marry 14-year-old Francis (Toby Regbo), heir to the French throne. (Poor thing was a widow just two years later, and never mind the 18-plus years of imprisonment thanks to cousin Elizabeth, but anyway.)
You probably know all the ripped-from-the-history-books plotlines from your European history coursework, which is also where makeup department head Linda Preston looked for inspiration. “Many artists' renditions of the young queen were available,” she says. “We wanted the girls [Mary and her ladies-in-waiting] to look wild, young, free-spirited, and Scottish. We rosied up their cheeks, gave them pink lips, and minimal eye makeup.” (Mary’s ladies-in-waiting are also adults masquerading as teens. Anna Popplewell, who plays Lola, Mary’s BFF and the mother of Francis’ illegitimate child, is currently 27; while Celina Sinden, exiled-lady-in-waiting and businesswoman Greer, is 28 in real life.)
Preston played up Mary’s youth, innocence, and naïveté with makeup in the first season, when the soon-to-be Queen of France reunited with the doomed Francis. “[Kane’s] eye makeup was rounded out to create a wide-eyed look, and her skin: dewy and flawless,” Preston explains.
To create a royally faultless complexion, she started by making a base with a nourishing moisturizer, like Embryolisse, and she softened Kane’s lips with Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment. Then she primed the actress’ skin with Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer using a non-latex sponge. Next, Preston painted on a layer of Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation in #123 with a Boots No. 7 flat foundation brush, and used a Sigma Kabuki Brush to buff and blend it into the skin. The final touch: Benefit’s Boi-ing Concealer buffed on with a small Real Techniques brush.
The one makeup product that’s banned from the Reign
set? Anachronistic lip gloss. “Lip gloss is a BIG no-no!” Preston says. “I use Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in Pomegranate. Even when the girls lick their lips, we run in to blot. Gloss is my pet peeve."Embryolisse
Lait-Crème Concentrè, $28, available at Embryolisse
; Lucas’ Pawpaw
Ointment, $15.99, available at Ricky's NYC
SkinPerfect Primer, $50, available at Dermalogica
; Koh Gen Do
Maifanshi Moisture Foundation, $62, available at Koh Gen Do
; Boots No. 7
Flat Foundation Brush, $9.99, available at Boots
Flat Kabuki Brush, $24, available at Sigma
Boi-ing Concealer, $20, available at Sephora
; Real Techniques
Core Collection brushes, $18, available at Real Techniques
; Burt’s Bees
Pomegranate Lip Balm, $3.30, available at Burt's Bees