Exclusive: Getting Ready for the SAG awards with Saiorse Ronan

Audrey Noble

One might think that the getting ready process is pure chaos and madness the hours leading up to an award show, especially one as big as the Screen Actors Guild awards. But that wasn't the case with actress Saiorse Ronan and her dream beauty team that included celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel and celebrity makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua.

"We had a great time listening to a little Rihanna in the background," said Abergel. "She just gets you in the right mood." 

Having worked together for so many years on so many A-list clientele, Abergel and Bua are each other's work husband/wife. They trust each other and vibe so well together that the final beauty look always comes together with such ease and cohesion. Plus, their clients really appreciate the family atmosphere they have created. "Saoirse gets a kick out of the way we bicker," joked Bua. 

I had them break down Ronan's beauty look for me, from the inspiration to little beauty hacks that beauty lovers can use in their everyday life. Scroll down to see what they had to say. 



For Abergel, he wanted a hairstyle that played off the dress really well. "It had this incredible silver detail in the front," he said. "[Saoirse] had sent me an image of it and I immediately started thinking about 1960s imagery. I was starting to look at all of these old 1960s Vogue covers and thinking of people like Sharon Tate and Bridget Bardot as references."

He wanted youthful, but chic and elevated, which is why he went with a low ponytail. "I wanted it to feel 60s [inspired] in the silhouette, meaning there was height to it in the crown and a little deconstruction to the front of the hair, texture wise," he said.

As for the elevated part, he threaded a silver thread throughout the ponytail. "I've had in my kit," he said. "I had gotten in back in the day at this vintage store in Paris."

"For me it's all about the integrity of the hair. I used the Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip to give it the volume and lift that I needed. Then I used the Virtue One For All 6-In-1 Styler." He created a middle part and then rough dried the crown for volume, and blow-dried the front with a round brush. To give the hair "some deconstruction," he used a curling iron to give the front section a slight curl as well. He sprayed the Virtue Finale Shaping Spray before needling the silver thread throughout the low ponytail.

"It brings modernity to something that is classic in the shape," he said. 



He then let me in on a little secret about adding height to the crown of your head: it actually elongates you. "It gives you a longer neck, it gives you more height, and it gives you a longer silhouette," he said. 

Another pro-tip, this is how you get that perfect middle part. "Follow the bridge of your nose all the way up [to the top of your head," he said. 

As for makeup, Bua went with the "less is more" approach. "I wanted to keep her modern and young, feeling fresh to balance the glamour of the dress," she said.

For the face, she started with skincare and used La Solution 10 de Chanel Sensitive Skin Cream and Chanel Sublimage La Crème Yeux Ultimate
Regeneration Eye Cream under her eyes. "I love it when the skin feels quenched before makeup application," she said.

Next, she used the Chanel Sublimage Le Teint Ultimate Radiance-Generating Cream Foundation in 10 Beige followed by Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Ecrin. To set the look, she blotted with the Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Flawless Compact Foundation in 10 Beige.

Because Ronan's eyes are already so defined and piercing, Bua decided against a mascara and instead just curled Ronan's lashes. Bua used a little bit of the Chanel Le Gel Sourcils Longwear Eyebrow Gel in Transparent to separate the lower lashes.

"I worked with some shimmer in the corner of her eye to pick up the glitter in the dress," she said. "To highlight the inner corners of her eyes, I used Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Longwear Luminous Eyeshadow in Mirage." Across the entire lid, she swiped Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Dimensions, then applied the beige tone from the same palette in the crease.




For the lips, she didn't want to go all the way with a 60s vibe, and opted for a more classic red. She used the new Chanel Poudre  Lèvres Lip Balm and Powder Duo in Rosso Parthenope. "It's a limited edition lip and powder duo. It has an amazing balm in it. You can use as much (or as little) as you want so you can go from matte to glossy. I went somewhere in the middle," she said. "The pigment is powder, so I gave her a tint to give her a softer look."

She finished with the Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Ecrin on the edges of her lips to set and to soften the colour. "You can use blush to soften the edge and set the edge. It makes the edge matte," she said. 

"When you're doing a lip..it's about layering and setting. I moisten the lip and line the whole lip to set it as a base," she says. "The Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer in Pretty Pink is lighter than the lip powder I used." 



Before sending Ronan off to walk the red carpet, Bua gave her these tips for when she needs to touch up her makeup throughout the night. "I sent her there with Chanel blotting papers with the mirror in it. I tell her, 'Before you get out of the car, you, take a blotting paper and press it on your forehead, chin, and on the sides of your nose and you're good to go," Bua said.  

As for making sure the lips stay vibrant throughout the night, she told Ronan to stick to the middle part of the lips. "When touching up the lip, just powder the middle part; that's all you need," Bua said. 

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