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Keri Russell channels Maria Callas' dramatic smoky eyes

Keri Russell's make-up artist drew inspiration from Cleopatra and opera singer Maria Callas when doing her make-up for a dinner at the White House.

Keri Russell drew inspiration from the iconic opera singer Maria Callas for her stunning White House appearance.

The Americans actress and her beau Matthew Rhys – who plays her onscreen husband – were some of the stars to appear at a black-tie event recently as guests of U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

Keri, who has been nominated for an Emmy for her role in the hit TV show is known for her classic style off screen, and as her make-up artist of almost a decade, Tina Turnbow, knows how to play that up just enough for the actress to make a memorable appearance at a formal event.

The 40-year-old actress' stunning Stephane Rolland dress halter neck with a brilliant gold panel, inspired the make-up artist to create a bold yet modern smoky eye, drawing on the apparent look of Cleopatra as well as legendary opera singer Maria Callas.

"The dress had a certain strength and power to it that influenced the way I approached her eye makeup: bold yet undone and modern," Tina told

After prepping Keri's skin for her base, Tina applied a light layer of Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer. Then, to pick up the metallic panel on Keri's dress, she chose an eyeshadow which also had a hint of sparkle.

“I wanted to add a touch of metallic, but once I saw the gold earrings she was wearing, I thought using a gold eye shadow would push the look over the top, so I smudged a coppery tone on her eyes instead," she explained.

Tina then lined the inside of star's eyes, and smudged the line to create a softer edge using Sephora Collection Long Lasting Kohl Pencil. Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen was applied at her lash line, followed by several coats of Clinique Lash Power Mascara on top and bottom lashes for depth and definition.

For the all important power brow, Tina paired Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Pencil in Medium Brown, and a taupe M.A.C. Cosmetics eye shadow to blend and shape Keri's arches into the perfect face-framing arches. The look was finished off with a nude shade, Bite Beauty Matte Pencil in Honey Berry, for Keri's lips.

And Tina said that the brunette beauty, who recently gave birth to her third child, really liked her formal look.

“She loved it,” smiled the make-up artist. “Even though quite formal, it felt like her.”

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