“When I’m doing a red lip, I always make my own lip scrub—I mix together brown raw sugar with By Terry Baume de Rose ($59). I also bring a soft toothbrush and brush the lips very gently with the lip concoction. This is a very easy way to exfoliate your lips, and will ensure a smooth texture.”
“Body makeup! Celebrities always have it on if they’re showing skin. One of my good friends makes this amazing product RCK Body Glow ($50). It sets in a few minutes and won’t rub off on your cloths. It has a bit of color and shimmer, and makes your skin feel amazing.”
Jennifer Chan, Senior fashion editor for E! online
“It’s important to eat well before any red carpet event. Every time Naomi Watts walks a red carpet, she looks luminous—this is the result of eating greens every meal and always wearing sunscreen. Eating greens will oxygenate your skin, encourage lymphatic drainage and keep you de–puffed and glowing.” Try Pressed Juicery’s Greens Sampler ($110) if you’re short on time.
“I love taking a classic Hollywood style and making it modern and fresh. The best beauty advice I've learned over the years is communication. Usually the stylist and the celebrity have an idea of what direction they want to go with, so being in contact with them saves me time before the red carpet and allows me to research some classic glam ideas.” Get that Hollywood look at home with NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella ($25).
“Tousled curls are very simple to do and stunningly beautiful on the red carpet. The secret is making sure the ends are as smooth as possible. You can easily achieve this by gently running your fingers over each individual curl with a minimal amount of Rodin by Recine Olio Lusso ($65), then use a medium sized curling iron to seal the ends.”
Aug 16, 2013
Red Carpet Roundup
Red Carpet Makeup & Beauty Secrets
As you may have noticed, red carpet beauty is a topic that never gets old around here. Harsh lights and HD cameras are the most unflattering duo known to mankind, so when a celebrity looks good on the red carpet? We’re always impressed.
This, of course, is immediately followed by the desire to know more. And while we’ve seen some incredibly detailed tutorials (you need to read this guide to Carey Mulligan’s Gatsby red lip), we thought it was time we turned to some of our favorite experts for the secrets behind every look we love but seldom dare recreate.
The first fact we learned hardly boosted our confidence. “Usually, we take a month to prepare the skin,” says celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas, whose brilliant facials are the secret behind many–an–actresses’ enviable glow (Emma Stone and Naomi Watts are both loyal clients). But we found her prescribed regimen quite reasonable: sunscreen every day and greens as often as possible. And as we caught up with some of our other favorite stylists and artists, we realized that much of this advice can be incorporated into an everyday beauty routine. So whether you’re on your way to work or getting ready for a night out, give them a try.
After all, you don’t need a red carpet to look fabulous.