The Reason Jessica Chastain Watched Kim Kardashian's Contour Tutorials

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There's a lot to be said for the YouTube beauty community. The digital entrepreneurial world is packed with vloggers and professional (and self-taught) makeup artists getting ready on camera. Take 10 minutes to watch one video and you'll probably walk away with 20 different beauty tips. Just ask Jessica Chastain. Yes, the Golden Globe-nominated actress used the popular platform to get into character for her latest film Molly's Game. More specifically, she looked to Kim Kardashian West for inspiration.
In the newest issue of W magazine, Chastain discussed how women like her character Molly Bloom, which is based on a true story, struggle for success in a world largely controlled by men. "I thought about what women have to become in order to find power in a society where men are making all of the rules," she told the publication. "I was like, 'Oh, my gosh — the Kardashians are an incredible example of women who have their own sense of entrepreneurial power.'"
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Chastain explained that Bloom resembled the famous E! family, and to channel those chiseled contours and velvet lips on-screen, the actress looked to KKW's expertise on the matter. "For research, I actually watched Kim’s tutorial on face shading and contouring," Chastain said. "As the movie goes on, Molly transforms into this idea of what a woman has to be in order to be heard: The heels get higher, the necklines are lower, the hair is longer. It was quite a departure for me, physically. And the strange thing is, I don’t look like myself at all in this film, and so many people have said to me that I’ve never looked better."
Kardashian West has dozens of makeup tutorials on her YouTube channel, some published before she dropped her first beauty line KKW Beauty last year. While Chastain didn't share exactly which video she studied to elevate her cheekbones, can we just take a moment to imagine the kind of magic that would happen if the two women came together for a YouTube collab?

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