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Kate Hudson: 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'

By Amy Powell

Hudson's style is more sleek and urban in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days."

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(InStyle) -- Kate Hudson describes her character Andie Anderson in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" as "the girl that everyone wants to be, if you're a girl -- or date, if you're a guy." (Hmmm, sounds like art imitating life.)

Besides straightening her naturally curly hair, it didn't take much to transform Hudson into a savvy working girl. "Kate wears a more sleek, urban look than I've seen on her before," says costume designer Karen Patch, who met up with Hudson in Paris to research and shop for this role.

Anderson, a writer, accepts an assignment about dating and getting dumped by a guy (Ben, played by Matthew McConaughey) in 10 days. "Her journey becomes really interesting when she realizes she's in love with Ben and learns it's more dangerous to be vulnerable," says Hudson.


"We didn't want to overpower the dress [shown here], so I pulled her hair back in a knot at the base of her neck, and left some small loose pieces in the front," says hairstylist Kathryn Blondell.

She started by washing Hudson's hair with Kérastace shampoo and conditioner. Then she combined Sebastian Laminates Drops and L'anza Urban Elements Daily Revitalizer in her hands and ran the mixture through Hudson's damp hair.

Next, Blondell blew her hair dry straight with both round and paddle brushes. To protect the hair before flatironing, Blondell sprayed Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion.

To style Hudson's hair, she added three large rollers on the top of her head (two in the direction of her side part and one at the crown) for slight shape and lift. "Then I pulled her hair back, twisted it, made a loop like an old Indian Navajo knot and used two bobby pins to hold it," says Blondell.


On the inner corner of the eyelids, Specter applied Linda Cantello Glide Modern Eyecolour Cream in Angel (pale whitish gold), and Revlon Illuminance Crème shadow in Not Just Nudes (gold) on the outer corners. For definition, she dabbed and blended Make Up For Ever blush cream in Rose Petal in the creases. Max Factor eye shadow in Hollywood Gold was then brushed over the lids so the cream colors wouldn't run together.

The inside rim under the eyes was lined with MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy (dark warm brown) and MAC Eye Kohl in Rosemary & Thyme (golden green) was added to the inner corner of the eyes. To make Hudson's eyes really stand out, Specter adhered four individual short black false eyelashes to the outer corners of the top lash lines.

Finally, she coated the top lashes with Lancôme Intencils Full Intensity mascara in Noir and the bottom lashes with Max Factor 2000 Calorie Aqua Lash waterproof mascara in black. "I used the non-waterproof for thicker, heavy duty lashes and the waterproof so the bottom lashes wouldn't run when she teared up," says Specter.


To make Hudson appear tan, makeup artist Ronnie Specter applied a combination of Chanel Waterlights Sheer Makeup Stick in Sand and Wheat all over the face.

Next, she set the foundation with two powders: Prescriptives Liquid powder and Yves Saint Laurent matte pressed powder in Sand. "I wanted it to look like she glowed," says Specter.

She then layered four different blushes on the cheeks to get just the right color: Make Up For Ever blush cream in Rose Petal (bright pink), Nars The Multiple stick in Mustique (warm pink with shimmer), Chanel powder blush in Rose Bronze and Shu Uemura pressed powder in Rose Mist, respectively.

To create a sexy pink pout, Specter first filled in Hudson's lips with Sue Devitt Studio Long Lasting lip liner in St. Moritz (beige pink). Then she applied Anna Sui lipstick in Shade 306 (sheer hot pink) and topped them off with Poole Separates lip gloss in Bright Pink 006.


Patch designed this timeless yellow satin dress specifically to show off the amazing Harry Winston 84-carat diamond necklace around Hudson's neck.

When it came to outfitting her in the rest of the film, Patch used mostly designer clothing. "I wanted to use various designers to make it more real, as opposed to me designing them," says Patch. In the film, Hudson, hardly a newcomer to designer clothing, looks stylish in pieces by Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, Marni, Narciso Rodriguez and Marc Jacobs.

There was also no skimping on accessories for the N.Y.C.-based writer, who sports shoes by Jimmy Choo, Tod's and Kate Spade, and totes handbags by Prada, Tod's (cream satin clutch shown here) and Kate Spade. "It made sense to use things that were more recognizable," says Patch.

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