Get the Look: Selena Gomez

Confessing to making ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber cry last week on The Late Show with David Letterman may have gotten Selena Gomez a lot of attention, but it was her textured ponytail and purple eye makeup that spurred our conversation. The actress is making the rounds promoting Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine’s dark new thriller in which she plays a misguided college student. The new role’s helping her shed that squeaky-clean Disney image--and that’s nothing to cry about.

Makeup artist Gita Bass prepped Gomez’s skin with Simple’s Hydrating Light Moisturizer ($10), smoothed on a small amount of Armani’s Maestro Foundation ($62), and blended with a damp Beautyblender Sponge ($20). “I blended the bronze shade from Hourglass’ Illume Crème-To-Powder Bronzer Duo ($40) under her cheekbones, on her chin, forehead, and nose using my fingers,” Bass says of the contouring that followed. She layered Stila’s Convertible Colour ($25) in Peony onto the apples of Gomez’s cheeks, then swept Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder ($45) in Luminous Light over the blush and on her temples. “This combination sculpts the face and adds warmth with a gorgeous, radiant glow,” Bass says.

That seamlessly blended eye was thanks to a cream eye shadow stick layered under a powder shadow. “This keeps the look sexy and smoky with no harsh lines,” Bass says. She started with NARS’ Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil ($24) in Calabria on the top and bottom lash line and set it with Tom Ford’s Eye Colour Quad ($75) in Crushed Amethyst. “I used the deep purple shade over the top of the cream shadow and blended well with a soft brush,” Bass says. “For some extra sparkle I added the lighter, shimmery purple shade on the inner corners.” (For a similar look try Maybelline’s EyeStudio Colour Explosion Luminizing Eyeshadow ($11) in Amethyst Ablazed.) Bass lined Gomez’s waterline with M.A.C.’s Pro Longwear Eye Liner ($20) in Black Ice and applied a few coats of Chanel’s Le Volume de Chanel Mascara ($30) in Black to finish.

To complement Gomez’s smoky eye, Bass smoothed Tom Ford’s Ultimate Shine Lip Gloss ($45) in Rose Crush onto the actress’ lips. (Try Clarins’ Prodige Lip Gloss ($22) in Rose or Nyx’s Mega Shine Lip Gloss ($5) in Sugar Pie.)

Hairstylist Lona Vigi prepped Gomez’s wet hair with Rodin’s Luxury Hair Oil ($65) on the ends and blow-dried her locks with Ibiza’s Large Round Brush ($46) to create smooth texture. Vigi sprayed the actress’ dry hair with L’Oreal’s Elnett Strong Hold Hair Spray ($15) then reached for a 1 3/4-inch curling iron. “Roll the hair in big sections up to the ears,” she says. “Then create three large pin curls on the crown and allow it to cool.” Vigi released the top sections and teased the actress’ hair from the crown all the way back to the nape of her neck, avoiding the sides. For added sleekness Vigi flat-ironed the side sections of Gomez’s locks and sprayed Serge Normant’s Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray ($24) throughout her hair. Using Mason Pearson’s Popular Mixture Hair Brush ($170) she gently smoothed Gomez’s hair into a high ponytail. “The trick to this look is to use a hair elastic with hooks,” Vigi says. (Try a Hair Bungee ($12) to create a tight ponytail without messing up the texture of the hair.) To finish Vigi added her signature touch: a simple black ribbon to hide the elastic.