Nina Dobrev – Elle Women in Hollywood Awards




Celebrity makeup artist Monika Blunder worked with Nina Dobrev for the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards on Monday, October 19 in Los Angeles, CA.

“Nina was wearing a nude Calvin Klein dress, so I wanted to add a pop of color with her makeup. I decided to go with a burgundy lip paired with a really well blended taupe eye.”


I started by applying Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in shade 255 all over the face, using a foundation brush to applying in the center of the face, then blending outward using a Beauty Blender. To brighten her under eye area, I applied MAC Select Moisturecover in NW20 in the socket of her under eye area.

I filled in the brows using Anastasia Brow Wiz in Chocolate to give her more defined, fuller arches.

Using the Golden Goddess Palette by Charlotte Tilbury, I applied the Smoke Shade with a MAC 217 brush, washing the color backwards and forward along the socket. I also applied a little on the outer corners to create a reverse V. I applied the Enhance shade along the brow bone to give her a highlight, then, using the Dolce Vita palette, I applied the Pop shade on the lid under her socket with using a MAC 239 Brush. Taking a thin brush, I applied the Smoke shade of the Golden Goddess Palette lightly along her upper lash line, like eyeliner. I curled her lashes using Kevyn Aucoin Lash Curler, then applied three coats of the Dior Addict It-Lash. I also used a few Ardell Individual Lashes on the outer corners of her eyes.

To warm up her complexion, I applied MAC Golden Refined Bronzer using a fluffy bronzing brush along her cheekbones in a circular motion, then lightly brushed along her jaw line, temples and forehead.  On the apples of her cheeks, I applied Kevyn Aucoin Blush in Ariana, and for a little bit of highlight, I used the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, mixing Incandescent and Radiant light and applying on the upper cheekbone and dusting underneath the eyes.


On her lips, I started by applying Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lipstick straight from the bullet, and to clean up the edges and define the lip shape, I used the Chanel Precision Lip Definer in Vamp.”