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You’ve already got your spring wardrobe on lock, but now it’s time to step up your beauty game for the upcoming season. Luckily, Kaley Cuoco is here to help. The actress stepped out sporting a gorgeous bright pink lip and equally fun topknot for PaleyFest in L.A., and because can’t stop staring (in a good way!), we chatted with her glam squad — celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg and hairstylist Derek-Peter Williams — for all the scoop and more, below!
“We wanted to take a risk because she never does a bold lip — she wears it, like, twice a year!” says Greenberg, who’s been working with Cuoco for six years (“It was love at first application!”). “And we knew her outfit was black, so the hair was going to be a little more artsy, so I wanted to keep everything clean except the lip.”
But according to Greenberg, the statement lip look wasn’t the original plan for the night; she planned on a bold eye before deciding on a bright, springtime look after talking it out with Cuoco.
“This was totally collaborative. It always is and that’s what makes it so fun,” the makeup pro explains. “Kaley always has an idea and she’ll throw it out there and then we’ll say, ‘Well, maybe this or that.’ It’s the best part of the process!”
But when it came down it, Greenberg selected a hot pink, almost-fuchsia shade for the lips (the limited-edition Colour Pop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Poppin) and then matched the rest of the makeup to the bold hue.
“I love monochromatic looks — it’s kind of always my aesthetic,” she tells PeopleStyle. “I think [matching makeup] ties things in nicely. If it’s editorial, that’s a whole other ballgame. The original plan was no eyeshadow or liner, but I knew we needed more definition when we finished.”
For the eyes, Greenberg covered Cuoco’s lids with a deep plum shade (M.A.C Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Twinks) and then added a thin line with M.A.C Cosmetics Fluidline Gel Pot Eyeliner in Blacktrack for depth. The makeup pro then added a few coats of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara to create the star’s voluminous lash look.
The final touch? A subtle flush on the cheeks thanks to a mixture of Fiona Stiles Beauty Soft Cheek Veil in Pomanderwalk and Sweetwater.
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Now onto that tricky topknot. Williams says the inspiration for the star’s twisted (and super-blonde!) topknot came from a combination of Cuoco “wanting to do something really fun and different” and photo research.
“We sent some inspiration photos back and forth and decided on putting her hair up but with some movement in the knot,” the hairstylist tells PeopleStyle. “We called it ‘samurai meets kawaii’ (which means ‘cute’ in Japanese).”
To get the look, Williams began by applying a palm-full of Aquage Freezing Foam to Cuoco’s damp hair and then blew it out using a round brush “in the direction of where the knot would be positioned.” He then secured her hair into two ponytails (since the star has short hair), one on top of the other, at the crown of her head, and then smoothed back the hair with another handful of Freezing Foam.
As for the blonde topknot, the hair pro says he chose a light blonde shade of extension hair to better match the star’s ends when wrapped around the two ponytails, giving the look a touch of “fullness” and secured with bobby pins.
“A good rule of thumb when using any kind of hairpiece is to use the color that matches the color of your ends, as hair naturally is a little lighter on the ends,” Williams explains. “If you’re looking at extensions or pieces, and you find yourself torn between two shades that you feel both could match your own color, go with the lighter one, as it will blend the best and look most natural.”
Once the blonde extensions were added, the hairstylist added texture with help from a hair tool called Stitch by Daniel Roldan. “It allows you to stitch your own hair in and out into really fun patterns without the use of bobby pins by feeding pieces into the loop of the needle,” he explains. “So I stitched her hair in and out into that pattern and let pieces fall as they may.”
Cuoco’s reaction to the final look? “She screamed — literally!” says Williams, laughing. “[Kaley] said it was so cute, fun and different. It’s the best kind of reaction a hairstylist like me can hear!”
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