Happy Easter!

In December, over drinks at Bar Hemingway in Paris, IMG Models’ head honcho Ivan Bart and I were talking about “ones to watch” in the coming months. “Have you heard of Kate Upton?” he asked me, waiting a beat before saying, “You will—she is a star.”

Fifteen-plus years at the helm of one of the world’s most prominent agencies means Bart’s predictions rarely miss. True to his word, Upton, an all-American dead-ringer for Marilyn Monroe with a playful, “girls-just-want-to-have-fun” attitude (Bart references Jayne Mansfield, another Monroe-era actress), has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue as of late: the bombshell’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover made headlines across the country, while her Muse magazine portfolio and appearance in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s catalogue for the upcoming Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit showed her “high-fashion” crossover appeal.

Last week, Upton and I met up to shoot an upbeat, cheeky Easter film for LOVE magazine’s website (Katie Grand, LOVE’s Editor-in-Chief, is an Upton fan—she collaborated with her for the aforementioned MET catalogue). She arrived to Milk Studios in a pair of killer Louboutin pumps (so much for my shoe selection—Upton’s were perfect) and settled into Jeanine Lobell’s chair for makeup. Lobell focused on creating a “60’s inspired, fresh, girly, doll-like look, but with a sexier eye,” by extending a flick of Stila’s Stay All Day liquid liner past the inner corner of the lower lash line, adding a “little tail” to the outer upper lash line, and finally “putting a ton of single eyelashes on the top—and then I actually painted them with that Hourglass lacquer. I go under the lashes at the root with a tiny fan brush dipped in the product, and push it upwards into the falsies to kind of glue them together.” Lobell chose Yves Saint Laurent’s new Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres in #12 (“sort of a peachy pink”) for the lips to finish off the look.

Meanwhile, Peter Gray opted for full, tousled curls, and towel-dried Upton’s hair before spritzing on a generous helping of Oribe’s Thickening Spray. “The mistake that most people make is, they apply product to soaking wet hair, and that dilutes the product,” he warns. After “blasting it dry”, Gray misted small sections of hair with Oribe’s Superfine Hairspray before curling them, explaining that “heat and moisture cause the curl to drop. By putting on a bit of hairspray first, it’s sort of like putting varnish on a table—it just stops the moisture from getting in.”

In between showering the set with ribbon and various other Easter bits and bobs—and dressing Ziggy the rabbit in an Agent Provocateur garter belt—I painted Upton’s nails in two coats of Dolce & Gabbana’s Lilac polish. Upton enjoyed the beauty look so much that she went straight from the shoot to a charity event, popping the YSL gloss into her bag and completing her ensemble with a pale pink eyelet and tulle Louis Vuitton dress. After she waved goodbye, thanked the crew, and hopped into an awaiting car with manager Lisa Benson, a passerby excitedly whispered to me, “Was that just Kate Upton?!” It’s safe to say that spring—and a star—has officially sprung.

"Kate Upton in Peter Cottontail" is currently playing on thelovemagazine.co.uk.

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  • Miss K

    Great shots

  • http://www.honeynsilk.com/ Stephanie

    very cheeky and cute!

    xo Stephanie

  • Marie-Thérèse

    Bunnylicious Greets from Vienna MTxxx

  • Kate {Something Fabulous}

    I love these photos! Have a wonderful Easter break. x

    Kate {Something Fabulous}

  • Serdane-elie

    She has something special. I love the way she fixes the camera, it's all about serious fun !


  • http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/ monkeyshines

    adorable photos!


  • Amanda

    I love that she has a healthy body. Nice work on the video styling!

  • http://materialfixations.blogspot.com/ Material Fixations

    She does look very fresh and all american. And I love how not tan she looks.
    Material Fixations

  • Jenna

    Rouge Pur Couture #12 is Blanc, which is white. Did you mean another color?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Jenna-- oops! I meant Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres, which is their new "glossy lip stain." Correct link above. Thanks! xE

  • Jenna

    And congrats on directing!!

    Love ITG!

  • http://kitchenafternoon.blogspot.com/ Kitchen afternoon

    So nice to see someone enjoy their work

  • kerry

    You directed this and you did the nails? Impressive! :)

  • http://thecleanbeautyblog.tumblr.com The Clean Beauty Blog

    This is one of my favourite looks - fun & flirty! Congrats on the video! x

  • http://glossandmagic.blogspot.com/ Gauri

    Omg I haven't seen one like her in forever! I totally ♥ her pink lippy.

  • Anonymous

    I may not be an expert in hair spray or lip gloss but I do believe Kate has good acting chops. You go girl.

  • Claire

    Love her!! but she is only my age ugh!!

  • Claire

    As much as I love Kate & as cute as this video was... Easter isn't about a busty 19 y.o. & bunnies..

  • Carol

    Your blog is great!!!
    I just posted the first day of spring in Beverly Hills http://www.thegavlaks.com take a look!

  • Michelle Lee
  • Kim

    Finally a model that doesn't resemble a stick! Great photos :)

  • http://www.vogue-home.org/ Vogue-home

    A wonderful post... love the her look..