There’s a huge difference between your everyday makeup and makeup that will make you look red carpet ready. Celebrities prepare for the red carpet days/weeks (sometimes months) in advance with everything from dieting and facials to getting their hair and makeup perfect. Of course, they probably have “people” that usually do these things for them, but we can’t all be so lucky. So what are some makeup tips you can use to make you red carpet ready?
I’ve got 8 tips just for you:
Start with skin spray for a natural glow
Spritzing your skin with some skin spray will give your skin an invigorating feeling before piling on the makeup. The subtle glow will give you that dewy look that all of the celebrities seem to have. Although, there is a fine line between a natural dewy glow and looking oily. Finding the perfect balance is all in the product. Do research on different sprays that will benefit your skin type. The right spray will hydrate your skin and reflect light perfectly without making you look like a grease ball.
Prime Your Face
Priming your face is a great way to keep your makeup looking fresh for a long period of time. There are many different types of primers because everyone’s skin is different. Be sure to find a primer that works for you and get to priming! Your makeup will look as good as when you walked out of the house even several hours later.
Don’t Overdo It
You may think that you need to add more and more makeup to get that “celebrity look”. That’s not the case. Sometimes going the simple route can be better. Obviously wear as much as you need or want to to feel your best, but try to keep it minimal. You don’t want to look cakey or muddy and you definitely don’t want to look like a raccoon. If you want to do something bold, pick one area (i.e. smokey eye OR bright lips)–not multiple.
Concealer is Your Best Friend
Concealer is a great addition to your makeup whether it’s daily or for special occasions. You always want to get a concealer that’s lighter than your foundation to brighten up dark areas. Using concealer under your eyes will be a lifesaver if you have dark circles and/or bags. You can also use concealer to contour your face. Use a little concealer in areas where the light would naturally hit and make lighter (bridge of the nose, the center of the forehead, under eyes, chin). You can also use a tiny dab of concealer to hide any and all blemishes. A little concealer goes a long way so be sure to use it sparingly.
Blot, Don’t Rub
To avoid looking cakey, you are going to want to blot your face before applying any powders. Take a blotting wipe and gently go over your face–especially in those oily-prone areas. After blotting your face, you are ready for your powder. If your face has less moisture on it the powder will blend and go on better. Now you won’t look like you’re wearing 20 layers of makeup.
Use Wet Eyeshadow
You may think that sounds a bit weird at first, but trust me–it works! Using a gel eyeshadow makes it so much more pigmented. If you don’t have a gel eyeshadow, don’t fret. Take your eyeshadow brush and wet it just a bit (don’t soak it) and this will give it the same effect.
Contour, Contour, Contour
Perfecting a great contour takes some time, so you may want to practice a bit before your special occasion. Contouring and highlighting is a great way to really make your makeup stand out. Depending on your face, there are different ways to do contouring and highlighting. Do a little “research” and find what works best for you.
Throw on Some False Lashes
False eyelashes are a great way to take your everyday look to the next level. These days there are many different types of false lashes. The most common and popular lashes are the adhesive strip eyelashes that you apply with glue. Now there are magnetic lashes, eyelash extensions, and individual lashes. There are also different styles to give you a bold look or a more natural look. Find the perfect pair for you and your occasion and start practicing because getting them on right can take some time.
Use a Good Setting spray
You just did so much to get your makeup perfectly red carpet ready, don’t let it sweat off the second you step outside. Find a good setting spray and don’t forget it. Setting spray is gently spritzed across your entire face and hold your makeup in place. Setting spray not only keeps your makeup intact, but it can also help ease the shine on your face and make you camera ready. Setting spray will not only help you look great all night long, but it helps you look great in photos!
Alyson Pittman is a contributing writer for WBD and a JR marketing associate for Excite Creative Studios, an Atlanta-based creative agency.
Alyson graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She was in multiple organizations at KSU where she held leadership positions. As a part of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Alyson held the Social Coordinator position and planned/promoted large events.