On Thursday night I attend a Style Suite Red Carpet masterclass at the Pelham Hotel in London, hosted by MAC Cosmetics. As the official Beauty Partner of the British Academy Film Television Awards, which take place on Sunday 22nd May, MAC invited a few bloggers along to get some tips and tricks to perfecting red carpet makeup.
Ushered into a palatial suite within the hotel, with champagne and nibbles loitering in the corner, we were greeted by Lynsey Alexander and Neil Young, both senior artists for MAC. The atmosphere was friendly and informal, with an obviously great rapport between the two artists. They both had a beautiful bare-faced model for company and they began to create the looks on the models whilst answering questions and talking us through each stage and product used.
Lynsey Alexander, who has worked with a plethora of celebrity names, Sienna Miller, Naomi Campbell and Kelly Osbourne to name but a few, created a look entitled ‘Antiqued’, consisting of a bronzed-smokey eye, contoured cheeks and a nude lip, complemented with soft tousled hair.
Neil Young, who has worked on editorials such as Grazia, GQ and Cosmopolitan, and has executed his magic on the faces of Linda Evangelista and Grace Jones, created ‘Show Orchid’, a dramatic look with flawless skin and statement lips, emphasised with a soft up-do.
The artists gave us a real insight into the world of red carpet makeup and how it varies from catwalk and editorial work. A close partnership between the celebrity needs to be exercised in order to create an extension of their personality through their makeup. It is also important to work in harmony with hair and wardrobe, to ensure all aspects of the finished look complement each other.
Neil and Lynsey also shared with us some tips and tricks to ensure they are not responsible for the circled ‘ring of shame’ gracing the pages of the tabloids the following morning.
1/ Conceal under and around the nose to appease those unfortunate camera angles
2/ Take the texture of the face down through the body; highlighting and powdering where necessary
3/ For ‘camera ready’ skin, prepping is key. Using a luminising cream, such as MAC’s Strobe Liquid, will give the skin a glow as well as allowing your foundation to glide on
4/ Keep blotting paper close at hand to remove shine without adding more coverage
5/ Bronzing under the chin will create a more defined look to the face, and eliminate the dreaded double chin
6/ Avoid dark, heavy eyes as the flash will always whiten the appearance of the skin, making your eyes look harsh
7/ Lightly wash lips with a concealer, such as select moisturecover concealer, to tone down the natural redness of the lips before applying a neutral lipstick
Neil’s model wore Show Orchid on her lips and Lynsey’s model was flaunting Shy Girl, both two of my favourite lipsticks.
The final looks were stunning and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them being created. It was a fabulous event and I feel I learnt some invaluable tips from the experts themselves.
Which is your favourite look?