The Foundation That The American Crime Story Makeup Artist Always Used On Penelope Cruz

Ryan Murphy's anthology series "American Crime Story" details the events of America's most infamous crimes and criminals. The second series of the award-winning series centered on serial killer Andrew Cunanan and his notorious murder of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace (per IMDb). Naturally, this installment of the series was not only very dark but filled with opulence and glamour. Season 2 offered a glimpse at the lavish life Versace lived and provided ample screen time for his sister fashion legend Donatella. 


To capture Donatella's striking beauty, Murphy called on renowned makeup artist Ana Lozano (via Vogue). Lozano completely transformed actress Penelope Cruz to prepare her for her portrayal of the icy blonde. Lozano bleached Cruz's eyebrows, create a wig to perfectly replicate Donatella's long locks and even used prosthetics to match the contours of Donatella's face. After completing this intensive process, Lozano simply needed to employ her stellar make-up application skills for Cruz's days on set. In an interview with New Beauty, Lozano revealed the product that took Cruz's transformation to the next level.

Make-up maven Ana Lozano shares her on-set secrets

While working with Penelope Cruz on the set of "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace", celebrity make-up artist Ana Lozano utilized one of her favorite makeup products. Lozano frequently used Lancôme's foundation Teint Idole as a base. She told the publication New Beauty, "I love this foundation as it stays all day long and they have 40 great shades to choose from." She also shared that this product works best when mixed with strobing drops to create a dewy finish. Lozano explained, "The drops are a good base for the highlight areas, which helps me match and meld Penelope's face with Donatella's face."


Teint Idole is a full-coverage foundation that boasts a matte finish (via Lancôme). It's lightweight and breathable, as well as, humidity and transfer-resistant. It's non-comedogenic and suitable for sensitive skin. Teint Idole typically costs $47 dollars on the Lancôme website and is available in select department stores and beauty stores as well.