How to recreate Jennifer Lopez's Venice Film Festival beauty look

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Photo credit: Daniele Venturelli - Getty Images
Photo credit: Daniele Venturelli - Getty Images

As the 2021 Venice Film Festival came to a close yesterday, it will be forever remembered as the moment Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez made red carpet history. The Bennifer 2.0 PDAs went viral, but so too did Lopez’s look; her white plunge dress by Georges Hobeika, opulent Cartier jewellery and smouldering Pat McGrath Labs make-up were the embodiment of Hollywood glamour.

The artist behind Lopez’s glam for The Last Duel premier, Mary Phillips, described the make-up look as “a gold toned smoky eye and a glittering gold lip,” sharing every product used to achieve it.

While not your everyday glam, it is undeniably wearable – and there’s certain products were immediately adding to basket, including the magic formula for that forever lauded ‘JLo glow’.

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The make-up artist used two blushers; defining Lopez’s cheekbones with the Divine Blush shade in Desert Orchid, then blending the shade Divine Rose over the apples of her cheeks. She highlighted the high points of the face with the Skin Fetish Highlighter + Balm Duo in Golden, then layered the Skin Fetish Sublime Skin Highlighter on top.


First, Phillips blended a wash of the Copper Toned eyeshadow over Lopez’s eyes using a fluffy brush, then added to the crease and outer corner with the Dark shade using a small blending brush. Next, the Bronze 005 Pigment was blended across the lid, and the Xtreme Black eyeshadow was applied along the lash line, extending outwards.

Two eyeliners were used on top: Philips first used the Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner along the lash line and into a small wing, then ‘tightlined’ the upper and lower waterlines with the PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil in Blk Coffee. Next, she smudged the pencil along the lower lash lines and layered the Dark eye shadow back over the top.

After curling Lopez’s lashes she applied the Dark Star Mascara.


There was more layering on the lips: First they were defined with the PermaGel Ultra Lip Pencil in Structure, blended with a fingertip. Then Phillips applied the MatteTrance Lipstick in Christy on top before finishing with the Lust Gloss in the aptly named Gold Allure.

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Similarly, Lopez's hair spoke high glamour with a style that would look just as good off the red carpet. The ultimate full-bodied blow-out was the work of her longterm hairdresser, Chris Appleton. He too shared a breakdown of the process on Instagram.

To begin, he prepped her hair with the Colorwow Dreamcoat (which protects colour treated hair) throughout the ends, and the brand's Xlarge Volume Foam on the roots.

Then he blowdried the hair using a large round brush. When dry, he added some hair extensions (the Beauty Works 22” Double Hair Set Clip-In Extensions in Blondette) "for length and volume".

Next, Appleton curled Lopez's hair with a one and a half inch curling iron, and pinned the curls to set.

Finally, he brushed out the hair and finished with some Colorwow Extra Mist-ical Shine Spray "for a diamond shine finish".

While no internet-breaking red carpet reunions are happening in our real worlds, we can still channel the glitz and glow that come with the fairytale.

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