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Rooney Mara Dragon Tattoo look explained

Rooney Mara's signature smoky eye in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was achieved with a mixture of black, brown and "a tiny drop of red".

Make-up artist Pat McGrath created all the looks for Rooney's character Lisbeth Salander in the highly-anticipated thriller.

Lisbeth is a troubled computer hacker, who likes gothic clothes and make-up. Pat had to transform Rooney into the iconic character from Stieg Larsson's bestselling novels.

She had a number of techniques to get the right make-up effect.

"We came up with about 200 different versions of this reddish smoky eye with many different dimensions. The trick was to take black and brown eye colours and add a tiny drop of red-that created a look that was vulnerable but hard and strong," she told

"I used a lot of CoverGirl LiquilineBlast in Black Fire and Brown Blaze, then highlighted with CoverGirl Intense ShadowBlast in Brown Bling. For the touch of red, I smudged in Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeshadow Quad in Volcano-the shade on the lower left side-and CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Eyeshadow in Forever Fig."

Before taking on her latest film, Rooney was best known as the pretty ex-girlfriend of Mark Zuckerberg in the movie, The Social Network.

Pat had to work hard with the actress to get her looking the part. The 26-year-old's long locks were chopped off and dyed jet black and her eyebrows were bleached.

Pat thinks Rooney handled the dramatic transformation exceptionally.

"Rooney, she loved it! She really enjoyed it, the whole process," she smiled. "She was a real joy to work with. She handled the piercings, shaving her hair short-she just embraced the character. And she loved all the makeup, from the natural to weird to the beautiful. She really became that character."

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