Red Carpet Beauty

September 14, 2016 - Posted by Mickey Tortorelli

How to stand-out for the right reasons on this season’s TIFF red carpet

Looking great on the red carpet requires a different approach to makeup than your day-to-day routine.  Between the hot lights and the glare from flash photography, your beautiful makeup application can quickly go from dewy to sweaty in a heartbeat. However, makeup professionals have a number of tricks up their sleeve to help keep celebrities and film industry professionals standing out for the right reasons on the red carpet. Celeb and wedding makeup artist, Brittany Gray of Fancy Face Inc., shares her red carpet tips for looking fab during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF):

  1. Opt for a full coverage satin or velvet foundation rather than a BB cream or anything too dewy. With all the bright lights and flash photography, the last thing you want to do is look like you just finished a jog. When applying your foundation, thin it out with a small amount of mattifying moisturizer (SPF free) and apply with a damp beauty blender to press the product into the skin. Continue blending until the foundation disappears and any seams are unnoticeable. Blend under the chin, down the neck and on the décolletage. You want to ensure your skin tone is even anywhere and everywhere that your dress is not covering.
  2. Make those eyes pop! If there is ever a time and place for false lashes, the red carpet is it! Mascara alone will not do enough justice; with all the cameras flashing, more simplistic makeup will get lost in translation. When choosing false lashes, opt for individuals or strip lashes cut into thirds. Ardell Demi Wispies and the Ardell short, medium and long individual double clusters are my favourite lashes for red carpet events. Ensure that you don't apply too many clusters, as you want to look like a true professional and not a showgirl. Apply mascara first and then the lashes on top with a clear glue.
  3. Add some life to those cheeks. The last thing you want is to look washed out in photos that will be circling the internet the day after. One way to look glowing, glamorous and full of life is to concentrate the pigment on the apples of your cheeks. Choose a tone that is more neutral, as you don't want to look too flushed or clown-like. A great option is MAC's "Warm Soul". This is a soft and romantic neutral shade with a touch of luminosity to give you that lit from within glow.
  4. Make your lipstick stay all day. A pro tip to ensure a lasting pout is to first apply a sugar scrub to the lips to help remove all dead skin. I recommend Sara Happ's Lip Scrub in Lavender. Once your lips look soft and supple, apply a hydrating lip balm and keep it on for at least a half hour before applying your lipstick. When ready to apply colour, blot off the moisture from the balm and dust on translucent setting powder (Laura Mercier is my favourite) over the entire lip landscape. Take a neutral nude pencil and line the lips. Fill in the lips with this pencil as well, then take a q-tip to soften any harsh edges. Dip back into your loose translucent setting powder and set the lip liner by dusting over it. Apply your favourite lipstick shade (choose a matte texture to ensure longevity), blot, and voila! Your lipstick will be sure to stay all day.
  5. Add glow to your arms and legs. Don’t forget about the other exposed areas of your body! Charlotte Tilbury developed a product for the Victoria Secret models to put on their bodies prior to walking down the catwalk. It's called "Supermodel Body", which gives a beautiful glow to your skin without looking too glossy or oily. Make sure to apply this a good 30 minutes before getting dressed to ensure it soaks into the skin.

Article by Brittany Gray, Owner & Creative Director of Fancy Face Inc.

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