Beauty Bonus: The Formal Look
The Hair: On actress and jewelry designer Molly Sims (her line is Grayce by Molly Sims), Gibson used a round brush to blow out her hair. With a fine-tooth comb, he teased the hair at the front of her crown to create lift. Then he pulled her hair into a ponytail midway between crown and nape, securing it with an elastic and pushing the hair forward a bit to add volume. He wrapped the ponytail with a half-inch section of hair from the underside, holding it with a bobby pin. "Teasing the hair just outside the elastic gives it more oomph," says Gibson. "A ponytail can make a serious black-tie look feel more fun."

The Makeup: Even with a dramatic dress, the eyes can have a starring role. After Linter applied foundation to Sims's face, she dotted a highlighter on the apples of her cheeks and just above her cheekbones, and added coral cream blush. With a small brush, Linter applied concealer under Sims's eyes, then dusted a pale gold eyeshadow over her lids. She brushed a charcoal shadow on the crease and lined her upper lids with a black pencil, smudging a bit past the outer corners. A light pink lipstick is a flattering counterpoint to Sims's formal eye makeup.

Dress, Ports 1961. Earrings, Grayce by Molly Sims.

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