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In Season 3 of “Emily in Paris,” Lily Collins’ Emily is back with a bang.
The titular marketing maven starts the season by cutting her own “trauma bangs” — a rosé-fueled choice that also sparked a shift in her makeup looks for the new episodes.
“For Season 3, we wanted to have a big change,” head makeup artist Aurélie Payen tells Page Six Style of switching up Emily Cooper’s (Lily Collins) look to “work around” her new ‘do.”
“[Emily] is maybe a little bit more mature in terms of herself … and I wanted to have a little bit more sophisticated makeup for her.”
“I really work closely with Lily and her hairstylist,” says Payen, who plays a “little game” with the star to ensure they’re on the same page about products for scenes.
“I already know the [shade] I want to have … but I say, ‘OK, Lily, choose the one you want.’ And each time she chooses the same as mine.”
In addition to collaborating with Collins, Payen also drew inspiration from several silver-screen stars of another era; some of Emily’s styles “make a nod to Audrey Hepburn,” she says, while Camille’s (Camille Razat’s) eyeliner references Brigitte Bardot.
“I wanted to have an identity for each of the [characters],” says the makeup expert. “Some of them I wanted them to be more American glam, and some of them I wanted to be more [of a] French makeup look.”
Camille and Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu), for instance, embody the latter aesthetic — a “fresh” style with more minimal foundation, “less contouring and more blush” — while Mindy (Ashley Park) wears more sparkles and contouring.
“[Emily is] like a bridge in between; she’s very French in the way she wears makeup, but she still has really bold, strong lips, which is more American,” says Payen.
As for how to get that French-girl glam look yourself? Unlike the resolution to this season’s cliffhangers, Payen’s beauty secrets won’t remain a mystery. Read on for a breakdown of her top tips and on-set essentials.
Start with skincare
“I really pay a lot of attention to the skin,” says Payen, whose go-tos on set included the CurrentBody LED Light Therapy Mask ($380) — which also makes an appearance in Episode 1 of the season — and Payot face mist, which she “really loves using” for prep, touch-ups and post-makeup removal.
Payot Gentle Toning Mist ($23)
Let your blush do double duty
“If you want to have the French-girl look, working with a lot of blush [will] give glow,” says Payen. “You can also put some blush on the nose as well to give that little sunshine [look] on your face.”
Mix foundation with concealer
“I don’t like heavy makeup, so I really want to work with foundation that I can mix with concealer and apply with little touches,” says Payen, whose team uses a range of foundations, including Armani’s light formula.
Swipe on some mascara
Payen “really loves” Lancôme’s Hypnôse formula, which she used on Lily Collins’ lush lashes this season.