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If you’re a fan of The Good Place, NBC’s sassy, quick-witted take on Sartre’s No Exit — which, let’s be honest: It stars Ted Danson as an avuncular demon and has recurring jokes about robot/human sex, so why the hell wouldn’t you be? — then you probably noticed that actress Kristen Bell wears the most perfect lip color throughout the show’s first two seasons.
Bell’s character, Eleanor Shellstrop, is the heroine of the show: an amoral margarita-mix addict who’s accidentally sent to heaven. And while she’s not the most fashion-forward character on the show (that would be Jameela Jamil’s Tahani), her lipstick is spot on.
Makeup artist Simone Almekias-Siegl, who’s worked with Bell on films like Burlesque and You Again as well as a number of her red carpet looks, told Racked in a recent interview that her product of choice for Bell’s character is Ilia lipstick in the shade “Perfect Day” ($26). She explains that it’s “one of those colors that’s the right shade of red and coral combined, but in a subtle way.” (If you don’t want to spend close to 30 bucks on it, Maybelline’s Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in “All Fired Up” is a solid dupe at just $8.)
“Because she’s kind of a bitch in her past life, I chose to use lipsticks on her to bring that out and give her a little bit of an edgier feel,” she told Racked. “[And] I just felt her character wouldn’t have taken the time to wake up in the morning to use a lot of eyeshadow.”
Almekias-Siegl applied a lot of lipstick on Bell in the show’s first season (as well as a few “more vampy” shades from Ilia’s range), but she dabbed on a much lighter amount in season 2 to reflect the changes in her character. (“I went a bit less crazy because she’s trying to be a better person,” she says.) Now all that’s left to find out is how heavily lipsticked Eleanor will be when we see her again, as NBC just renewed the show for a third season.