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How Whitney Peak Geared Up for the ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Premiere in NYC

Whitney Peak is no stranger to a bit of hocus-pocus. Not only is the Gossip Girl one of the stars of Hocus Pocus 2 (now streaming on Disney+), but she also knows the chameleon-like magic and fun that beauty can bring. Peak has done frizzy hair and dotted mint green eyeliner for the Met Gala, full 80s glam with electric purple eyeliner for the cover of Numero Nederland, and made dramatic cat eyes a beauty feature both on screen and off. As an ambassador for Chanel, she often collaborates with the house’s makeup artist, Tyron Machhausen, and hairstylist, Naeemah Lafond, calling her “dream team” in an Instagram post.

For her Hocus Pocus 2 New York City premiere beauty look, Macchausen explained, “We wanted to put her flowery Chanel dress next to this intense smoky gunmetal eye and the bantu buttons to give it some kind of cool girl vibe.” To achieve this, he used Chanel Ombre Première Laque Limited-Edition Longwear Eyeshadow in Lamé Acier and Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Modern Glamor to create the crow’s-eye yet soft at the edges cat’s eye.

For the defined, yet soft glow he gives to the skin, Mancchausen used two shades of foundation. “I always use at least two shades when working on foundation because using a single shade would make the face look flat.” In particular, he used Chanel Ultra Le Teint Ultrawear All-Day Comfort Flawless Finish Foundations in BD41 and BD51. “I really love the overall ’90s feel that’s back and center stage, all the way from the extreme minimalism to the full-on supermodel glamor,” says Macchausen. Read on to learn more about what Peak is feeling right now in terms of beauty.

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What have been some of your favorite beauty moments so far?

I’ve been lucky enough to work with many talented makeup artists, but I think everything Tyron [Machhausen]naeemah [Lafond] and I did it together — especially the Met Ball look with the green eyeliner and the ‘fro — was so epic. Every time we worked together, we experimented a lot, from bleached brows to bold eyes and smooth backs to flat tops to neon bobs.

What did you learn about beauty growing up?

That beauty really comes from within. It doesn’t matter what you look like if you don’t have a good heart or don’t treat people with the same respect you would wish for yourself. My mom instilled this in me at a young age – especially when I started wearing makeup to dance competitions and it would bleed, to wear it to school and feel the need to fit in by covering up spots or straightening my hair , etc. Vanity gets you nowhere if you don’t have brains and empathy to back it up.

How do you prefer to prepare for an event? How is the environment?

When it comes to music, I’m pretty easy going. I love being introduced to new things, so I usually have someone else play music unless I’m feeling something specific. I’ve happily met great hairstylists and makeup artists since the beginning and kept them constant so it’s always familiar and comfortable. Full transparency and understanding for each other’s energy and vision without sacrificing creativity! Good energy really…that’s a big part of it for me.

Do you like having your makeup done? Some don’t…

I do…it may be the best part, I think, to attend something where there’s a lot going on. I have terrible social anxiety and struggle with big events, so the time in the chair beforehand, and everyone around me really affects my way of thinking in any setting.

How do you usually determine your beauty look for an event?

I’ve gotten away with leaving it up to Tyron when it comes to choosing looks. I don’t have too many do’s and don’ts when it comes to that area, because I’m not well versed. I trust and just hope it comes through. I also always work with easygoing artists who take my opinion into account and don’t let me walk out feeling less than 100 percent.

View Peak’s preparation process below.

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A close-up of Peak’s bold and dramatic cat eye.

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Kathleen Hou is the beauty director at Elle Magazine.

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