New Beauty Breakdown! Amber Heard at the Rum Diary Premiere in London

Makeup by Kay Montano

Amber Heard is quite the up and coming Hollywood star – I first saw her when she reduced Jeremy Clarkson to a giggling mess on Top Gear. A hot girl! Who loves muscle cars! Then she was in every magazine as the new Guess model, shot as a modern Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop by the iconic photographer, Ellen Von Unwerth. And THEN I saw her last week at the premiere of her new movie, The Rum Diary, after international celebrity makeup artist Kay Montano had done her makeup and suddenly she’s gone from gorgeous starlet to blockbuster Hollywood star. Even Johnny Depp, her co-star in the new film, remarked at the premiere “I’ve never seen Amber look more beautiful”.

After I saw the pictures of Amber on the red carpet, I had to find out from Kay what she used.


  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere in 20 Clair
  • Chanel Bronze Universal bronzer


  • Chanel Lumiere Sculptee Highlighting Powder


  • Chanel Poudre Universal Libre in Clair


  • Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect in Tweed Rose


  • Chanel Ombre d’Illusion in Mirifique smudged softly all around the eye
  • Chanel Ecriture de Chanel Liquid Eyeliner on upper and lower lashlines
  • Chanel Inimitable Extreme mascara in Noir


  • Chanel Levres Scintillants in Maline

This is an interview that Kay did with about Amber’s look:

What was the general look you were going for with Amber?
She says herself “you can get the girl out of Texas, but you can’t get Texas out of the girl” so with this in mind, and because I’ve worked with her enough to gain her trust, she said, “so long as you let me have some individual false eyelashes and some highlight on my eyes and skin, do what you want”.
To give her a London premiere version of Hollywood ‘by way of Texas’, I went for a ‘dewy-skinned, slightly rock, movie star’ look.

Working with someone as beautiful as Amber must make your job easier?
Indescribably so!

How hands-on was Amber with her make-up look – did she have a clear idea of what she wanted or did you suggest the look?
She has a highly sophisticated understanding of make-up and hair and knows exactly how to articulate it. Because she’s become a regular (we first met on a Teen Vogue shoot with Bruce Weber), she’s got to know and trust my taste so it was a collaboration.


4 Replies to “New Beauty Breakdown! Amber Heard at the Rum Diary Premiere in London”

  1. This is great I also recreated Amber’s look for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and many other celebrities you should take a look and let me know what you think???

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