I hope I never meet the makeup artist who did Beth Behrs' makeup for a recent NYC event honouring Sir Ian McKellen. I don't like criticizing other people's work in public, so meeting that person would be uncomfortable. But this is a teachable moment: between March 2015 (above left) and June 2015 (above right), the pretty and young co-star of Two Broke Girls seems to have aged more than 10 years. Her makeup is to blame, obvi. Let's look at some photos as we examine out how this unfortunate fast-forward happened.
"I get so sad when makeup is used for evil, not for good," our Liza (LEEZA) Herz told me about this photo of Beth Behr's makeup. "Is that gold shimmer on her cheeks?" Erk.
Here with breezy, touch-me hair, Beth is fresh and vibrant with a fabulous bold lip. We can already see where the June makeup job took Beth from 29 to 40. Yep, it's those false lashes.
See? They're not even a full strip of false lashes. But they're the wrong choice, way too dense and artificial looking. And okay, the gold shimmer all over her inner cheeks isn't helping.
In the above-left photo, you can see Beth's skin -- those are faint freckles on her nose. In the above-right photo, Beth appears to be wearing full-coverage foundation. When you have pretty and young skin like Beth's, a full-coverage foundation can add years -- or at least a level of artifice that suggests added years. Not that it's not okay to look like you're 40 -- there's nothing wrong with looking 40, or 50, or 97. But Beth is 29. A little bit of moisturizer in the foundation to make it a touch more sheer would have been more youthful. (The lashes, though, still would have wrecked things.)
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This ingenue-makeup Beth Behrs wears in this photo is one of my favourite looks in life. The actress is wearing minimal eye makeup – a peachy-gold shimmer and a little mascara – with flushed cheeks and what could be a tinted lip balm. No false lashes for this youthful makeup. Beth's undone, fresh-washed-look hair is a big part of the overall presentation, too. Makeup-wise, this works for almost all ages, I think. More mature faces could get away with a little more lash-line definition, a bit of soft liner, more mascara. A few false-lash clusters would also work, for any age.
Okay, Beth's curling-iron waves in this image also convey a younger image than a slicked-down ponytail. But those half-strip false lashes she's wearing here work; they're not overly dense, so they don't make her look older. They're flirty! And her no-shine lip colour looks dabbed on... or dabbed off. *wink*
Slightly more sheer foundation, wispier half-lash falsies and softer lashes, plus a pink flushed cheek and berry pink lips. Done.
Soft brows (I envy her arches), light foundation, liquid liner, feathery half-lashes and hot pink lips. Win. That this photo is from three years ago makes no difference. (It doesn't when you're younger than 30. *sigh*)
Last look at this year's March and June photos of Beth Behrs. You see my point? Those heavy, "I'm totally fake" false lashes are so wrong. I think the look on the right is figure-skater makeup. Or Real Housewife makeup. Liza's description is better: "I just thought she looked like the much younger, unhappy third wife of a successful orthodontist."
What do you think of Beth Behrs' makeup in these photos? How would you describe the look on the right? Do you ever wear false lashes?