Zosia Mamet may have dyed her hair blonde for an upcoming play, Really, Really, but her hairstylist, Ryan Trygstad, says the actress likes the colour so much she's trying to get Lena Dunham to write it into her character Shoshanna's storyline on Girls. It was the fresh blonde knot, ever-so-subtle cat-eye, and bright red lip that caught our attention at the season two premiere of the now Golden Globe-winning series. So of course we turned to Trygstad and Mamet's makeup artist Hung Vanngo for answers.
"She has gorgeous skin so we don't put too much on the face," Vanngo says. He used La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream ($150) and The Eye Concentrate ($180) before dabbing just a bit of ck one 3-in-1 Foundation ($30) around Mamet's nose and the brand's Concealer Mousse ($20) under her eyes. He used ck one's Eyeshadow Base ($18) in Clean as a highlighter on her cheekbones, under her brows, and around her lash line. "Some pearlescence gives the face definition and radiance." To finish, he dabbed a bit of ck one Cream + Powder Blush Duo ($25) in Happiness on the apples of her cheeks.
Vanngo says Mamet likes to keep her brows quite full, thanks to a past waxing experience gone awry. "We just brush them out and gel them up," he says. Try M.A.C.'s Brow Set ($16). Because he planned on painting a bold lip, Vanngo wanted "liner that doesn't look like liner." So he painted ck one's Liquid Eyeliner Marker ($17) in The Drama super close to the lash line, flicking it out just a bit and smudging it with a tiny blending blush, like e.l.f.'s Angled Eyeliner Brush ($3). He finished with two coats of ck one Mascara ($18) in Show.
"I left the lips alone," Vanngo says of his choice not to prep them with foundation or powder, or even line them. "It looks unnatural when you draw too much." Instead, he applied one coat of ck one's Lipstick ($16) in Bite Me.
One look at Mamet's Lanvin dress and Trygstad knew what he wanted to do with her hair: "rough and fashion-y." It was already full of product, making it easier for the hairstylist to manipulate her long locks. "This is a great way to get one more look out of your blowout," he says. Trygstad sprayed a generous amount of Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray ($39) all over to get the maximum texture before pulling all of her hair up on top of Mamet's head and securing with a piece of elastic. ("It's much tighter than a proper hair elastic," he says.) He then swirled the long ponytail into a figure eight and secured it with French pins, though you can also use Goody's Spin Pins ($6). "I used Redken's Quick Tease 15 ($18) to make it extra matte, nothing too shiny or princess-like here," Trygstad says. "Then I roughed up the hairline with my fingers so it's not too done; it's a really simple look." Simply awesome.