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Bridget Moynahan: 'The Recruit'

By Donna Freydkin

Bridget Moynahan went for a subtly sensational look in "The Recruit."

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(InStyle) -- Bridget Moynahan lucked out when she landed the role of CIA trainee Layla in "The Recruit."

Not only did the relative newcomer, best known as Mr. Big's soulless wife on "Sex and the City," get to play a feisty, fearless secret agent -- she also got to smooch Colin Farrell. And that, of course, meant that her look had to be tough, yet tender.

"Her character is a very strong woman who has done a lot on her own," explains makeup artist Sylvain Cournoyer, who let Moynahan's natural beauty do the talking.

"She plays a no-nonsense woman," explains hairstylist Jennifer O'Halioran, who had to make Moynahan look subtly sensational. "Her look is stylish, but practical."

Still, the secret is out -- you don't need heaps of products to look this great undercover.


You can't beat Moynahan's low-maintenance yet high-impact tresses, says O'Halioran. "She came in with long, dark brown hair, so the cut and color had a lot to do with her look," she says. "She needed to look sharp and crisp, but alluring. We decided to change her look completely, and she was wide open for it."

First, O'Halioran dyed Moynahan's hair to give her a more urban look, adding copper and deep auburn high- and low-lights. "The color that we added to it just brightened her up completely and gave her a lot of vibrance," says O'Halioran.

Next, she cut the star's hair, giving it layers around the top and back, with longer sides, so she could wear it down by tucking it behind her ears.

Once the basics were in place, O'Halioran then blew her hair dry with a flat paddle brush, adding Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume spray while it was still wet to give it body and volume, and help it hold its shape.

Once it was dry, she used a large curling iron to flip the ends so to give it more movement.

Finally, O'Halioran added a touch of KMS Molding Paste to keep the locks in place. "Her style is very easy to maintain and very updated," says O'Halioran.


Moynahan's makeup had to be every bit as understated as her clandestine CIA gig. That meant no attention-grabbing crimson lips, pink cheeks or heavily kohled eyes. "The director wanted her to be very natural," says Cournoyer. "He didn't want to see any makeup at all, so we had to go very, very light."

Cournoyer started out by applying Ben Nye theatrical matte base to match and even out her skin tone.

Next, he dusted on a touch of T. LeClerc fine-grained powder, followed by a light application of MAC matte blushes in either Taupe or Strada on Moynahan's eyes.

He then lined her eyes with MAC Bark eye shadow, which he also used to fill in her eyebrows.

Lastly, after defining her lashes with Maybelline Great Lash waterproof mascara, Cournoyer dabbed Pretty Pretty Odelia Face Salve on the actress's cheeks and lips to add color.

"Thank god that Bridget is gorgeous, in good shape and takes care of herself, so it was easy to maintain the look," says Cournoyer with obvious relief. "She has great bone structure and looks gorgeous without anything on her face, so we could get by with very light makeup."

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