Whether you're a 50 Shades fanatic or not, you can't deny its leading lady Dakota Johnson's star is determinedly on the rise, even still. Her red carpet looks get classier, her hair gets glossier, and her beauty looks get gosh darned hotter. And that's why we're here, to take a peek into the cosmetic know-how of this Hollywood heroine. Ready for the lowdown? Here goes...
1. She's a less is more gal. Dakota told Glamour.com that she doesn't really wear makeup if she doesn't have to. If she heads out somewhere all she reaches for is a little concealer, lip colour and mascara.
2. Dakota's grandmother (renowned actress Tippi Hedren) gave her a life-changing mascara tip EVERYONE should know. She told Glamour.com 'She was watching me put my mascara on once and told me that if you hold the mirror down low and put the mascara on while looking downward, you will get the most coverage from the base of the lashes to the tips. And, of course, she's right! She's a fucking movie star; she's a legend!'
3. These are the colours Dakota wore on her lips for the '50 Shades Freed' movie. 'Rouge Dior #434, Laura Mercier Cinn-Full Lip Parfait, Armani Ecstasy Shine #101 [Nuda], MAC Satin Twig and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Walkyrie (she wears this in France at the Palais Garnier). For the wedding scene: YSL Rouge Veloute Shine Lipstick #7 and Smashbox Nude Medium Always Sharp Liner'. That's all according to the film's makeup artist Evelyne Noraz when she spoke to USMagazine.com, so straight from the beauty horse's mouth.
4. Dakota's got a great pout, but she doesn't always reach for a lipstick. Dakota's makeup artist Pati Dubroff told InStyle.com that she 'often likes to forgo lipstick for a bit of balm and a lip pencil that matches her [natural] lip colour (Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Medium, £20 is a perfect shade). This way the lips are defined, filled in, and hold without lots of waxy layers'. We have been told! Balm and pencil is the order of the day to do things the Dakota Johnson way.
5. She's into no-frills skin care. Dakota told Glamour.com 'I truly have the simplest routine: I wash my face in the morning and at night, then moisturise; during the day I add sunscreen. Right now I'm into Lancer products.
6. Her peaches and cream complexion suits Chanel's Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Blush, £34 perfectly. Makeup artist Pati Dubroff told PEOPLE that when she was in charge of her look for the Toronto International Film Festival, the product was a must. ‘Her skin is just so creamy, creamy, creamy, so that peaches and cream thing really worked for her. She's just gorgeous'. You don't need to tell us Pati. Pati popped the product high on her cheekbones and across the apples of her cheeks for a youthful flush, that's a one-suits-all technique that everyone can benefit from.
7. Her skin needs minimal coverage. Pati told InStyle.com that 'her skin is flawless so we always keep that clean and minimal and then put emphasis on a feature. She can do all about eyes (but we NEVER blank out her lips when doing eyes, always keeping her lips no lighter than their natural rosy tone) or do a strong vibrant lip.
8. Dakota sets a lot of store by the nostalgic effect of perfume. As the face of Gucci Bloom Dakota knows a thing or two about fragrance, and she told Glamour.com that she's always worn fragrance because she loves to leave a scent behind. Dakota went on 'I love that perfume can take you back to some place immediately. [...] My mother [Melanie Griffith] has worn the same perfume my entire life, and that's very comforting to me'.
9. She's a big fan of French skincare brand Orlane Paris. Just after she was announced as locking down that infamous Anastasia Steele role, Dakota was spotted in Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, together with mother Melanie, splurging no less than $3,000 on the stuff. That's some serious brand commitment right there. Their beauty bags consisted of the Hydrating Serum, Super Moisturising Light Cream, and the Vivifying Cleanser to name just a few products. We'll take that as a strong beauty recommendation.
10. Her glowing skin is down to more than just genetics and a cracking skincare routine. Evelyne Noraz told USMagazine,com that for 'Fifty Shades Freed' she started with Laura Mercier's Radiance Primer under her foundation to make Dakota's skin even more luminous. She always uses cream blush and keeps powder to a minimum. Evelyne noted the importance of a glow-giving moisturiser too, particularly Omorovicza's Illuminating Moisturiser, £85.
creamy, creamy, so that peaches and cream thing really worked for her.