Blake Lively Does 100 Years Of Beauty Looks In The Age Of Adaline

As if Blake Lively weren't #blessed enough. In her latest movie, The Age of Adaline, she stars as a beautiful young woman who — through an enchanted moment involving an old-timey car crashing into a lake — becomes lucky (or cursed, depending on how you look at it) to never age beyond 29. The film has pulled out all the stops to keep Lively’s character, Adaline, glowing and youthful through an entire century of fashion and beauty trends — from the Roaring '20s to the mod '60s to the present. 

To properly tell Adaline’s story, hairstylist Anne Carroll and lead makeup artist Monica Huppert kept Lively’s looks faithful to each era through genuine period techniques. “We used rollers and pin curlers instead of hot irons and hair dryers, as well as authentic hair accessories by scouring vintage stores in Los Angeles,” Carroll told R29. Huppert, who looked to famous icons of each decade for inspiration, owns a collection of period makeup to reference while shopping for comparable modern-day colors. 

Consistency was key in the storytelling. “I wanted Adaline to have her own style,” Huppert explained. “So, we kept a lot of the same colors in her palette throughout the decades — as a thread through time — and then just adjusted the shape of the eyebrows, the shape of the lips, and placement of the blush to help tell the story.” 

Basically, the film — which hits the big screen on April 24 — is like a cinematic Pinterest of period hair and makeup inspirations. Read on for all the glorious details, straight from the masterminds themselves, on how to co-opt Lively’s, well, ageless looks. 
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Jazz-Age Waves
Lively’s soft, shoulder-skimming curls perfectly represent the Prohibition-Era style, especially accented with a pretty, ribbon-wrapped bowler hat. “The '20s bob was created by setting Blake's hair with a small iron,” said Carroll. “When brushed out, it created the waves. We used L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Straightening Shampoo and conditioner, and Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold Unscented.”
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The ‘60s Cat-Eye
While visions of Alexa Chung may come to mind when thinking of winged-eyeliner icons of today, Twiggy and Mary Quant actually owned that look 50 years earlier — and so did Adaline. “The ‘60s were rebellious in their own way and different than anything done prior,” said Huppert. “It was about paler lips and eyes with lots of eyeliner.” To complete Lively’s mod cat-eyes, Huppert first applied Colour Riche La Palette Nude shadow, then Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Gold, and finally Infallible Never Fail Lacquer liner in Bronze. She complemented the statement eyes with a rosy swipe of Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor in Passionate Petal.

Now, if Blake Lively, the actress, cut bangs into her illustrious blonde hair, the Internet would probably break. So relax, everyone, the '60s fringe you see is just movie magic. “This was a fun one,” Carroll said. “The bangs were such a popular look in the 1960s, so we just thought we would try them. They were clip-ons, of course.”
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A Fresh Face For The ‘70s
Huppert toned down the strong eyes for Lively’s entry into the next decade. “Adaline possessed a grace and elegance, as a woman would coming from those days,” she said. “I hope the audience will see Adaline's style with more subtle changes throughout the different time periods, and this look for the ‘70s was one of the most natural.” For Lively’s flawless flush, Huppert used True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous foundation in W3 nude beige as a base, Magic Lumi Highlighter in medium and the light version as concealer, and the Visible Lift Blur Blush in soft peach.
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Millennial-Day Glamour
Eventually, Adaline makes her way to the present day, which judging from the trailer involves a mysteriously seductive solo night out at a super-schmancy New Year’s Eve gala, plus a hunky love interest. Along with a killer gown, a side-swept coif — that we could see Lively herself wearing on the red carpet — was in order. “I curled Blake's hair with a medium curling iron and pinned up the curls until they cooled down, then brushed out the set,” said Carroll. “The larger curls, when brushed out, make those beautiful, big waves. And, the combs that held her hair back were studded with black Swarovski crystals.”

For the sultry screen-siren face, Huppert went with a strong smoky eye accented with L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original mascara. “We also used Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor in Passionate Petal mixed with Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor in Continual Crimson for the soft pink lip, plus a Visible Lift Blur Blush in Soft Peach on her cheeks,” Huppert said.
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Yes, Real-Life Blake Is Perfection
For those of you wondering, yes, Lively’s hair is truly “thick, healthy, and luxurious” in real life, as confirmed by Carroll. “She was such a pleasure to work with and willing to play and try anything,” she added.

Huppert’s favorite memory of working with the former Serena van der Woodsen didn’t have anything to do with the makeup chair. “Teaching her how to make almond milk” was her best time with Lively, she said. Can’t wait to read all about it on Preserve.

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