Wearing a beautiful Biba red ‘Mirren’ dress with Untold gold clutch bag, both from House of Fraser I sat with Kara Tointon, Zoe Hardman and Binky Felstead -all such fab girls- and ate more chocolate (who could resist teeny chocolate Baftas?).
I’m used to doing red carpet makeup but it’s always funny doing my own and a bit daunting because after all, I’m representing myself as a makeup artist!
I kept it really simple because I always think that a red dress looks better with a more natural look. My philosophy is always to focus on making the complexion look as perfect and glowing as possible, which can mean layering a multitude of products but it’s worth it.
Red carpet makeup needs to look immaculate all night long, under the scrutiny of cameras so it needs to be approached slightly differently to fashion or TV makeup.
Here are my top tips for red carpet makeup:
- In preparation, apply a good self tan two days before the event. I love St Tropez Sensitive Bronzing Lotion £22 for a really natural looking faux glow.
- My favourite primer is Hourglass Veil Mineral £52. It fills in fine lines, open pores and made sure that my makeup didn’t budge all night (I didn’t even need to retouch powder!).
- Use a foundation with a radiant finish like YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat £29. I love the way it covers imperfections and created a fresh dewy glow without looking like foundation. Apply with a slightly dampened Beautyblender £16, which takes all the work out of blending.
- Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer £21 for heavy duty coverage without looking obvious.
- Jinnylash Eyelashes £6 because natural lashes all but disappear in paparrazi photos.
- YSL Baby Doll Mascara £24.50 in Black for really dramatic lashes.I love the way it thickens, lengthens, curls and stays put all night long.
- For peachy cheeks I used Mac Cremeblend Blush in ‘Something Special’ £17.50 and patted a little Mac Cream Colour Base in ‘Hush’ £14.50 over the cheekbones.
- By Terry Hyaluronic Summer in ‘Ultra Tan’ £44 is a cream bronzer with a matt finish so it’s virtually undetectable as makeup and completely believable as a real tan. Use to sculpt cheekbones and across temples.
- Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in ‘Naked2’ £13