Beauty Breakdown: How to Get Naomi Watts’ Golden Summer Glow

Beauty / Beauty Breakdown / July 1, 2011

Summertime can be tricky for fair-skinned beauties like Naomi Watts (and, ahem, me).

Creating a natural, lightly bronzed look is not easy—too often you either end up with caked-on-bake face, uneven bronzy blotches, or your usual pale mug for fear of ending up with the previous two possibilities.

But Naomi Watts nailed it, and so can you.

Read on to learn how to get her gorgeous, summer glow.

Start with a clean face, moisturize with the product of your choice, and then apply your usual foundation. Be sure to use one that’s light and close to the true color of your skin. My staple is Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in Classic Ivory.

Too Faced Pink Leopard BronzerYou’ll want to choose a bronzer that is not super shimmery, and this is tres important.

Otherwise, you’ll get that just-came-from-the-beach face, which is not what we are going for here.

Too Faced Pink Leopard bronzer is a perfect pick because of its bronze, pink, and neutral shades.

Using a fluffy, big bristled brush, dust generously into your bronzer.

Flawless Application Face Brush Rub a few strokes on your hand to make sure the color is not too intense. Apply all over your face, in up and down strokes. Repeat, except this time focus on your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, and stroke your brush in the shape of a three on both shades of your face. (Confused? This video might help.)

Make sure to lightly stroke your neck and décolletage area as well, so your face matches your body.

Paul and Joe Eyebrow Pencil Duo BlondeFor eyebrows, use a light pencil, like Paul & Joe’s in Duo Blonde.

Apply with soft strokes: the idea here is to make the brows even and fill in any empty spots, but not to add extra color. Set with Tweezerman’s Browmousse.

You’ll need only a hint of eye shadow; I suggest either Stila’s in Eden or Lorac’s in Sand.

Stila EyeshadowNext, dab a touch of Cargo Eyelighter in White to the inner corners of each eye and blend. This stuff is fantastic and can be used for a variety of looks. It’s an instant way to make you look awesome and awake.

Once you’re done with your lids, it’s time for liner and lashes. You don’t want to create a super thick cat eye, however, your lash line does need something to make the eyes pop.

Urban Decay Ink for EyesUrban Decay Ink for Eyes in Zero is perfect—its creamy formula makes it easy to apply and one stroke is just enough.

As for your lashes, curl with Tarte’s Picture Perfect tool and follow with Urban Decay’s Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara in Black. (This brand-spanking new mascara is amazing! It just doesn’t budge. I love it!)

Cool mascara trick: start at the base of your lashes and wiggle your wand left to right—this creates volume and the illusion of length (versus over applying to the tips, which is what most people do.). Work the wand through to the top, still wiggling as you go (this helps separate lashes). If you want to apply a second coat, simply place the wand under your lashes and blink twice. Done!

Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Shy PinkLastly, we move on to lips. Naomi is wearing a pretty pink/peachy shade, which really compliments the over-all natural aspect of her summertime style. I suggest Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Shy Pink as a base, followed by a coat of super shiny Chanel Lévres Scintillantes Glossamer in Seashell.

Optional: for an extra dewy finish, add a spritz of Sue Devitt’s Mist. It not only sets your makeup nicely but feels super refreshing to boot.

Volia! You’ve got a nice, natural, Naomi-Watts-approved summer glow.

Now go find an East Hampton, celebrity packed party and show it off!

And invite me, please.

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Susan Linney
Susan Linney
Susan is a freelance writer, born and raised in NYC and currently based in Brooklyn. She’s the senior beauty editor for Meets Obsession, and also writes for online publications such as, and The Huffington Post. Susan had a serious candle hoarding issue that she has no plans to address. She’s currently obsessed with Marc Jacobs’ new beauty line, her black Zara moto jacket, and Aaron Paul.

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