Right now is red carpet season! We all see the celebrities looking flawless on tv and it seems so unattainable, but ANYONE can achieve the look with the right products and tips. So as a pro makeup artist, I wanted to share my process & some tricks I always use for the perfect red carpet beauty look.
First, do NOT skip skin prep! A glowing complexion ALWAYS starts with great skin prep. Serums, such as hyaluronic acid, hydrate and plump up the skin, and can be layered underneath a cream, giving the skin a beautiful glow. Sheet masks are also fantastic prior to an event, for locking moisture into the skin, and combating dullness or dehydration.
Here are the products I used for skin prep:
Toner : SK-11 Essence
Serum: Dr. Sturm Hyaluronic Acid
Moisturizer: Dr. Sturm Face Cream
Eye: Sisley Eye Contour Mask (tissue off after 15 minutes)
Full Face: Equal Beauty Moisture Veil face mask
Next, start with an mattifying primer in the t-zone. I like the Koh Gen Do color correcting bases to cancel out any red in the t-zone or cheeks, and to mattify the skin incase of oil production or sweat in hot weather.
To create glowing, flawless skin, I recommend choosing an HD foundation such as Koh Gen Do or Makeup Forever to create a perfect finish that doesn’t look like heavy makeup.
Try taking your concealer (in a shade or two lighter than your foundation) and applying it underneath your eyes, then a little farther down to the top of the orbital bone, blending out. This creates more of a brightening effect and brings dimension to the face.
Highlighters help create a glow and illuminate the face. I love using cream highlighters on dry skin types and powder highlighters if someone has more combination/oily skin.
These are the products I use for a perfect complexion:
Primer: Koh Gen Do yellow color base (apply in t-zone)
Foundation: Koh Gen Do Aqua foundation
Concealer: Koh Gen Do Moisture Fit concealer
Powder: Chanel Les Beiges
Bronzer Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronzer
Highlighter: RMS Living Luminizer
Now, time for a sexy, smokey eye. Creating a smokey, red carpet eye can be easily achieved in a few simple steps. Today I chose a bronzy gold eyeshadow palette from Charlotte Tilbury, called “Golden Goddess”. I applied the medium shade to the whole ball of the eyelid, just up into the crease. I then used the lightest shade in the palette, just underneath the brow to create a nice highlight.
I used a waterproof dark chocolate pencil to line the upper lash line, as well as the inner rim of the lower lash line. This really made her eyes pop.
To create a bit more drama, try blending the same color used on the lid, down underneath the eye, on the lower lash line. Finish off with a couple coats of lengthening and volumizing mascara.
Everyone wants chiseled cheekbones— and it is a must for creating a red carpet look. Start by softly sweeping your bronzer right in the hollow of the cheek, underneath the cheek bone, and up into the hair line. Finish off by applying a highlighter just on top of the orbital bone, and on any other high point of the face.
Smokey eyes, paired with a soft, nude lip, has been trending on the red carpet the last couple of years. For a little more drama, try paring your smokey eye with a deep plum, or a bold red. It’s all about your comfort zone – as there are no finite rules when it comes to makeup. Balance is the key, and making sure you are choosing the right undertones.
I went with a warmer, bronzier eye, therefore I chose a red lip with a matching, warm undertone (orange hue, not blue).
I recommend filling in your whole lip with lip liner, prior to applying your lipstick. It creates a nice matte base, which holds your lipstick on longer throughout the evening.
To finish the look, dust a little translucent powder in your t-zone and you’re ready for your red carpet debut!
Written by: Lori Young, Makeup Professional & Beauty Expert