Long, tan limbs. Plush, pouty lips. Perfect lashes, brows, hair. I live for awards season and absolutely love watching the red carpet and then beauty trends and “best of” articles that come out following shows. Celebs in their most glorious, luminous beauty.
But as with any of us, celebs have bad days too (i.e. any cover of a People’s magazine). What sets us all apart? No, they are not all superhuman. When a celebrity is aware that they will be attending (and photographed) at a major event they enlist time and money into prepping. The real star? The pro’s behind the event. Here’s some tricks stolen straight from the biggest and best in the industry.
1. Lashes: to most red carpet events celebs wear falsies, whether they’re individual or actual (expensive) extensions. If you’ve got only 15 minutes (and a steady hand) try individual ones says celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor: “start by placing the shortest lashes between your real ones to create density, then add medium and long ones on the outer corners for a winged shape”. If you only have 10 minutes, go for strip lashes like Sonia Kashuk Full Volume Eyelashes (5$ target.com), and trim a quarter inch off the end so the strip is shorter than your lash line. If you need an instant fix, cheat the look with a brush-on lash lengthen er (like physicians formula instant lash extension kit 15$).
2.Body: Hint, celebs use body makeup to seem more toned and tanned. This step adds just five minutes for your prep time so try it next time you go out. Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff first applies concealer on top of any redness or bruises, then adds a tinted body lotion (jergens BB Body Perfecting skin cream 13$ drugstores) all over for an airbrushed effect. To help create the toned, defined, look sweep an iridescent highlighting powder across your collarbone, on shoulders, and down shins to visually lenghten your legs, adds Sotomayor.
3. Hair: The “messy” dressy updo. Its all about balancing disheveled hair with the rest of your look. “As long as you’re wearing a killer dress and amazing makeup, you can do rock’n’roll bedhead and it looks right,” says celebrity hairstylist Harry Josh. But you have to wear something sexy: “If you’re in a demure gown, it wont work.” And there’s an art to striking the perfect amount of imperfection: for Jenifer Lawrence’s loose bun, above, hairstylist Adir Abergel suggests waving random sections of hair with a one-inch curling iron, then gathering it all into a low, loose ponytail, twisting ends into a bun, and securing it with a few bobby pins. The ease of the look comes from the stray face-framing layers.
Lips: The perfect long-lasting red lip.
Step1. gently exfoliate lips with a damp washcloth and wipe them clean. Then swipe on a matte pencil (like nars velvet matte lip pencil in pop life 26$) to create an even base.
Step 2. Dust a translucent powder along edges of lips with a powder brush to lock in color; layer a slightly pencil (like tarte lipsurgence lip tint in lust $24) along the lip line to create definition.
Step 3. Apply a shiny red lip pencil (like surratt automatique lip crayon in alluring $34) to the center of top and bottom lips. Dip a brush in concealer and run it around the outside of the lip line to clean up and sharpen edges.