Reese Witherspoon's Daughter On Big Little Lies Is A Beauty Star To Watch

With the kind of poreless skin that makes you reach for the BHAs, fluffy brows that fill you with regret over ever plucking yours, and a role on Big Little Lies as Madeline Mackenzie's (played by Reese Witherspoon) daughter with a season-two storyline that's quite topical given the ongoing college admissions scandal, we can't help but pay extra attention to Kathryn Newton.

The 22-year-old's past few months have been a Hollywood dream, with starring roles in Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (which has made more than $400 million at the box office) and Netflix's The Society, and now even more Big Little Lies screen time alongside the likes of Witherspoon and Zoë Kravitz. With so many major premieres to attend, Newton has stepped up her red-carpet game, showing up in show-stopping gowns, hairstyles we're still lusting over, and makeup that's straight out of a pre-Raphaelite painting.


Ahead, we talked to one of Newton's go-to makeup artists, Emily Cheng, and hairstylists, Ryan Trygstad, about the actress' beauty staples — and how we can copycat her signature looks.

At First Blush

Cheng is all about keeping Newton's makeup light and youthful, and has been primarily playing with shades of pink that bring out Newton's natural rosiness. "I like using soft tones like peaches, mauves, roses, and pinks, and doing a light sweep over the eyes," Cheng says. "I'm just keeping in mind that she's 22, so it’s nice to keep things nice and fresh. I love doing a monochromatic scheme across the features, from the eyes to the cheeks."

Cheng likes to use a single lipstick for the cheeks, eyes, and lips, tapping on the pigment with her finger or a brush to get a more diffused look.
High Shine

Newton's skin is already near-perfect, according to Cheng, so after using a hot towel to steam and exfoliate her skin, she just uses Dior Capture Youth Redness Soother Serum to reduce any redness and then Dior Capture Youth Age-Delay, which leaves a velvety finish on Newton's skin. From there, it's all about highlighting the right places to create a little extra luminosity.

"I love a dewy look, but for a carpet in L.A., where it’s so hot, sometimes dewy will translate to oily, shiny skin," Cheng says. "For the most part, I try to go for a silky, velvety finish. Using both gloss and highlighter, I will pop that on to only the high parts of the face for dimension and playful youth."
Power Brows

When it comes to brows, Newton is naturally blessed (as you can see in this picture, which was taken by her other go-to makeup artist, Kelsey Deenihan). "I barely fill in her brows," Cheng says. "I use an angled brush with a deeper brow powder, since her brows are much darker than her hair, and just fill in hair-like strokes to create an overall natural, fluffy finish."
All Aflutter

As with her brows, Newton is naturally gifted in the eyelash area, too. "A majority of those lashes are hers," Cheng says. "Throughout the season, you lose a couple here and there, so I have built in a couple of individuals, but definitely not always." For a little more definition, Cheng uses two to three coats of Dior Pump 'N' Volume HD Mascara, concentrating most of the formula on the base and lightly sweeping out. She does the same for Newton's bottom lashes, too.
Making Waves

As far as hair goes, Trygstad says Newton is all about her length. "Kathryn is super into extra long hair," he says. "I said, 'You should be!' With the length, you really can do a lot with ponytails and dramatic updos." His favorite look so far on Newton? He has a soft spot for the half pony he did for the Pokémon premiere, which he accessorized with an on-trend black hair bow. "With that big red carpet, it was fun to go a bit ultra-glam with a hint to 1960s Barbie," he says.
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