How To Recreate the Timeless Hair & Makeup On Anatomy of a Scandal

Tuesday, May 17, 2022


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It's no surprise that Netflix's latest show, Anatomy of a Scandal, is generating a lot of buzz and it has nothing to do with the subject matter of the program. The attention is focusing on Sienna Miller's exceptionally chic hair and makeup seen throughout the series. Sienna plays Sophie Whitehouse, a polished mom whose picturesque life of privilege comes undone when her husband is involved in a high-profile consent scandal. While the jury is still out on the quality of the storyline, there's no denying that viewers are absolutely mesmerized by her look which perfectly blends elements of polished mom and the enviable London cool girl essence. 

Her signature look - effortlessly loose waved tresses and a glowing barely there makeup look - highlights all the hallmarks of a timeless yet luxe appearance without the work. I hunted down the details behind her elegant screen-stealing look and found the exact products and tools required to recreate this style yourself. 

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Kate Benton, the hair and makeup powerhouse behind Sienna's impeccable look used her hair and makeup as a mode of story telling for her character and beautifully depicts her emotions in this respect throughout the series. As a person of life-long privilege, the character of Sophie is no stranger to luxury which was evident in the choice of makeup. The key to her luminous, fresh faced beauty style was to illustrate a refined look without looking overly perfected. 

To achieve her flawless radiant complexion, Kate used a light application of  Burberry Ultimate Glow Foundation, a hybrid product which infuses skincare heroes like moisture-locking hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich ingredients (white tea extract) for a youthful, radiant finish. For areas which required a bit more coverage, she followed up with Maqpro PAM Daniel Phillips Six-Color Palette, a comprehensive cream-based palette suitable for fair and medium skin tones. This versatile product was also used to further enhance Sienna's cheeks bones. For a touch of youthful color, a flushed cheek look was achieved with Chantecaille Cheek Gelee. To maintain the luminous elements of her skin and prevent a heavy made-up look, powdered products were avoided. 

The product I was most interested in tracking down was the exact red lip Sienna stunningly wears in Episode 1. The entire ultra-elegant yet cool look not only made me pause the episode for a clearer glance but made me return to it once the series ended. This perfect rose red hue was created by using a blend of Burberry Kisses Matte Lipstick in The Red 106 and Maqpro Red Lip Slim Lip Palette

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In the first court appearance, the audience gets a generous view of Sophie's chic waved hair - her signature soft look. Unlike classically waved or curled tresses, the key to Sophie's waves was to keep the look undone. Using a Babylisss curling iron, Sienna's hair was loosely curled leaving the ends out, ultimately achieving a soft wave reminiscent of beachy waves with a luxurious twist. While her hair appeared rich and healthy, plenty of texture was achieved courtesy of Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dryspun Hairspray, which offered a more practical look fitting for a busy mom. For the final touch, her waves were tousled with the fingers for a more relaxed finish. 


As the series progresses, both the hair and makeup begin to lose their luster as Sophie's life starts to unravel. Slowly, the beautiful tousled blonde hair is pulled back into an unfussy ponytail, the makeup loses its glamorous edge and finally at the peak of her stress, those immaculate waves are thrown up in a messy bun and paired with a minimal makeup look. Regardless of how terribly Sophie's life crumbles around her, what Kate so wonderfully achieves is maintaining the common thread of refinement in all stages of her looks despite how diminished they become. While the script may have left much to be desired, the visual treat Kate created with Sienna's hair and makeup is sure to leave a favorable stamp on this limited series. 

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