Gillian Anderson’s makeup look for the role of Stella Gibson in The Fall.

Gillian Anderson's makeup look in The Fall

The Makeup Dept,’s Pamela Smyth reveals Gillian Anderson’s makeup look for the role of Stella Gibson in The Fall.

Pamela Smyth, Hair & Makeup Designer on all three series of The Fall, takes us through the skincare and makeup for Gillian Anderson’s role as Stella Gibson.

“I constantly get requests about Gillian’s makeup for The Fall so here’s the breakdown. Gillian has amazing skin so I used a mix of Clarins and Dermalogica skincare to prep.

As a facialist as well as a makeup artist – the condition of the skin is of utmost importance to me but I kept it simple. We used the Clarins 1 step gentle exfoliating cleanser – really quick and easy to use in the shower, Dermalogica Total Eye Care SPF15 and Intensive Moisture Balance moisturizer followed by Chanel UV Essentiel SPF50 for her daily SPF.

The makeup look was classic, professional – with a little bit of sex on the side. It’s important to me that skin looks like skin and as Gillian had little to conceal I used Chanel Vitalumiere foundation and La Prairie under eye concealer. Chanel Soliel Bronzer to warm the skin up when needed and my favourite cream blush – Calypso Coral by Bobbi Brown on the cheeks. On the eyes I switched between two Dior palettes – the 5 Couleurs Taupe, and 3 Couleurs Khaki depending on the lighting and the scene. Brows were shaped with Mac Concrete eyeshadow applied with a wet angled brow brush and lashes were defined and lengthened with Lancôme Definicils black mascara.”




Product list:

Foundation: Chanel Vitalumiere

Under eye concealer: La Prairie Light Fantastic Cellular Concealing – Brightening Eye Treatment.

Bronzer: Chanel Soleil Tan Bronze Universel

Blush: Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral Pot Rouge


Eyes: Dior 5 Couleurs Taupe  and/or Dior 3 Couleurs Khaki

Lashes: Lancôme Definicils in Black

Brows: Mac Concrete eyeshadow


Lips: Chanel Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer in nude

Clarins Instant Light Natural lip Perfector 03 nude shimmer


Pamela teaches her signature ‘Flawless Perfection’ makeup skills on the Foundation course at her makeup school – The Makeup Dept. in Belfast.

The school runs professional makeup courses twice a year in between the tutors’ hectic filming schedule. The next Foundation course is 16th – 20th Jan 2017 and is taking bookings now.

Click on the link below for more information on the Foundation course at The Makeup Dept.


Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson in The Fall makeup by Pamela Smyth