By Sophia Hussain
Could Penelope Cruz be the most beautiful woman on the planet? With her smoldering Spanish eyes, pouty lips and ridiculously lush hair, we think so!
But Penelope’s beautiful on the inside, too. Despite coming from a country where bullfighting and fur wearing are the norm, she agreed to feature in PETA’s 2012 anti-fur campaign, appearing on huge billboards in New York City just in time for fashion week there. Moreover, she and her husband, actor Javier Bardem, risked their careers when they spoke up for the victims of Gaza in August 2015, calling it a ‘genocide.’ Furious right-wing Hollywood execs vowed to never work with the pair again for daring to criticise Israel.
But of course such threats are empty–who wouldn’t hire this talented audience-magnet? She’s won numerous acting awards, including one for her starring role in Pedro Almodovar’s wonderful Volver, and she stole the show in Woody Allen‘s Vicky Christina Barcelona. Her stunning good looks have also landed her the cover of Vogue Espana, and she and her ‘nearly twin’ sister Monica designed a capsule collection for Mango.
Most recently, she’s modeled for Spanish luxury brand Loewe (who have just updated their sustainability policy to be much more eco-friendly) and created a sexy haute lingerie line for British brand Agent Provacateur. To top it off, she also has a soft spot for rescuing dogs and cats.
Now ladies, prepare to replicate Penelope Cruz makeup looks for yourself–think flawless skin, exotic eyes, and lush lips–all using our fabulous global selection of organic and vegan-friendly cosmetics!
Whilst we all may not be blessed with the thick, shiny locks of Penelope, we can at least minimise the damage we do to our own hair with a sulphate-free shampoo. A good organic one like this one by Acure Organics certainly helps to keep long shiny locks looking voluminous and stellar. Ecocert certified too!
Penelope’s hair is super sexy because it’s not ‘overdone’–she prefers a much more casual, slightly tousled look. Create the ideal bed-head hair using Bourbon Vanilla & Tangerine Hair Texturizer by John Masters Organics. Containing seven organic-certified oils and vegetable glycerin, this product is designed to strengthen the hair whilst adding lustre.
Create flawless skin like Penelope’s starting with a perfect neutral base. Prefer powder? Using a Kabuki brush, gently buff Mineral Foundation by IDUN Minerals, to the entire face using circular motions, for a light fresh finish. Prefer liquid? Blend Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer by ILIA Beauty, for a soft natural finish. This version also contains SPF 20 to protect the skin from harmful sun-rays. It leaves a very sheer, light finish whilst gently evening out skin tone, and is a firm fave here at Eluxe!
Image: Georges Biard for Wikicommons
Emulate Penelope’s sultry Arabesque eyes by first dabbing and blending Out of Space Balm by HIRO Cosmetics all over the eyelid–it acts as a primer and concealer. Next, apply the neutral beige hued Golden Topaz Eyeshadow by Adorn Cosmetics across the eyelids and extend into the browbone, with a brilliant finish to accentuate the eyes.
The key to the actress’s makeup look is her thick brows and sensual, smoky eyes. Define your brows by filling in any sparse spots with tiny flicks of a newly sharpened brow pencil in the same shade as your natural brows. We like the SANTE #2 shade, which also comes with a handly brow brush on the tip–perfect for gently smudging the product into your own brows after application.
Now, accentuate the eyes with noir hues. Using a stiff fine-tipped brush, apply a black liquid liner or dampen your brush and dab into a mineral powder like Khol des 1.001 Nuits by Khadija Paris Cosmetics, and draw a fine line right along the upper lash line extending into a soft cat-eye flick. Then, line the lower lash line, and inner waterline with a black pencil eyeliner like the HOLT Eyeliner pencil by UND Gretel.
Mascara is essential to this look. Curl the lashes first with a gentle lash curler, then add lashings of black mascara on both the upper and lower lashes using Argan Black Oil Mascara by Josie Maran Cosmetics. This argan-infused formula conditions as it coats, lengthens, volumizes, lifts, and curls for glam lush lashes. Not blessed with thick ones? Fake them with falsies instead. Temptress by House of Lashes are handcrafted using 100% sterilized human hair and cruelty-free synthetic fibers, which can be cut and curled to fit your eye shape. Apply using House of Lashes Eyelash Adhesive, which is infused with vitamin E and free from latex, formaldehyde, parabens, and phthalates. NOTE: should you choose to go down the false lashes route, then apply eyeliner AFTER this step.
Penelope’s lips are sexy thanks to their gorgeous shape. Make the most of yours with a lip liner by Dr Hauschka in Soft Muted Rose, which is perfect for most skin tones. Then, fill in with a firey Latina shade like Worth by Axiology Beauty, in a cream finish. This luxe version is a pigment-rich formula only requiring a swipe to cover the entire lips. If your skin tone is more Scandi than Spanish, try pretty pink soft lips using 100% Pure’s Raspberry shade– this is a cool-toned delicate pink hue in a nourishing cream finish (this shade goes on lighter than it appears). Since this contains flower waxes, which protects blossoms in nature, it’s also perfect to protect delicate lips from chapping too.
Images: main image from imdb database; image 1 from PETA; magazine cover courtesy Vogue. All other Penelope Cruz images from Wikicommons except last, from Lowe. All product images courtesy of the brands