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Julie Bowen

Julie Bowen is the new face for Neutrogena. I think she’s the kind of gal a person would like to hang out with – funny, doesn’t seem to take herself too seriously, which makes her all the more beautiful inside and out.   And to top it off, she’s over 40!  I have the scoop on how to recreate her makeup and hair look from Sunday night’s Emmy Awards.


Of course since she’s the new face for Neutrogena, here are celebrity Makeup Artist Heather Currie’s tips to replicate this “must-have” look:

The inspiration for Julie Bowen’s cosmetic look was the light pink trumpet-style Zac Posen gown she wore to the 2013 Emmy Awards.  A big trend on the red carpet for the 2013 Emmy Awards was the continuation of the minimal makeup trend, including Nominee Julie Bowen’s clean yet classic cosmetic look.

Make-up Artist Heather Currie highlighted Julie’s flawless and healthy skin by accentuating her natural flush and glowing skin.  This healthy girl-next-door glow was created by using the same color family on her cheeks and lips as her dress and then focusing on her eyes and lips as primary pops of color.

FACE: I started with Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer to even and brighten the skin, while extending the wear of Julie’s makeup – an essential step for such an important day.  Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in Fresh Beige was then applied to the entire face for a fresh and natural glow.  Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector in Light and Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer were blended thoroughly and applied under the eyes to conceal and protect the delicate skin with SPF 25.  To finish, a little dusting of Neutrogena Shine Control Powder set the look and let her natural glow shine through, while eliminating shine throughout the evening. 

EYES: Using Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow in Constant Copper as a highlight on her cheek bone and around the eye area was a definite trick to making her eyes pop.  Even though it says eye shadow, you can use on the cheek as a brow bone highlight also.  Another tip to this look was two different eye liner colors as we didn’t want the traditional black rimmed eye.  Using Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner in Brushed Pewter (a grey on top) for a subtle but effective look and Nourishing Eye Liner in Spiced Chocolate along the bottom lashes to make her eyes stand out really made all of the difference when it came to framing her eyes.

LIPS: Using Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Berry Bright was key to giving a contemporary look and a pop of color to her face.  We didn’t want her lips to be as pale as her dress but wanted to create a pop of color that would stand out.

CHEEKS: Products that can multi-task is also my favorite trick, using a Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Fresh Papaya was key as a cream blush on her cheeks – this is also great for Fall’s color palette.  I also highlighted Julie’s brow bone usingNeutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow in Constant Copper for contrast.

Julie Bowen 2013 Emmys

For Julie’s hair, the look was created by hair stylist Jill Crosby.

“Julie’s dress took center stage so the hair and make-up needed to make room to do that. The hair was slightly sculpted with a rough, natural texture. This is a fun, easy look that anyone can do!

Step-by-Step how to recreate Julie’s hair look:

  1.  Jill began with damp hair and used prep spray for texture.
  2. She sectioned the hair with her fingers and dried using the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer with the concentrator nozzle for directional drying. Jill used her fingers, lifting and stretching the hair as she dried to keep the texture.
  3. Jill rough dried the back to keep the volume and texture.
  4. Jill then used the T3 SinglePass Straightening & Styling Iron to remove the bend at the ends while being careful not to smooth the hair.
  5. Jill made a deep side part and pulled Julie’s hair into a low ponytail then created “mini volume and texture” by pinching and rubbing the hair with her fingers.
  6. Next, Jill added extensions in order to create a thick fishtail braid.
  7. Jill then pinched and rubbed the braid to create roughness.
  8. Jill wrapped the braid into a classically shaped chignon at the nape of Julie’s neck.
  9. Finally, Jill raked the left side of Julie’s bangs back, allowing the right bangs to drape loosely in front and finished with a finishing spray.


“Too many sections look too well groomed; you want to maintain the roughness and texture. You don’t always need a brush to complete a red carpet style!”

Tools used:  T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer and  T3 SinglePass Styling & Straightening Iron


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