The Best of Beauty at the BAFTAs

As we are approaching the finish line of the award season, make-up artists from around the world are pulling out the big guns for the BAFTA to make sure their clients are the most talked about in the media and getting them on the ‘best of…’ lists at all the beauty platforms. The BAFTA is considered to be the second most prestigious award ceremony after the Oscars so the stakes are high Those high-resolution pictures go all around the world and circulate in the media watched by the beauty industry analyzing every brush stroke. The prestigious guests had to brave the sub-zero temperatures of London at the Royal Albert Hall, most wearing black in support of the ‘Time’s Up’ campaign.


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The winner of the night for me, hands down, was Naomie Harris. I have seen the red carpet show and her skin was glowing under the lights. Kenneth Soh make-up artist created a soft sultry look with dark bronze, chocolate and truffle smokey eyes, peachy lips that went well with the gorgeous Zuhair Murad gown and the beautifully crafted updo of her crochet dreads (courtesy of @boholocs).  Kenneth used a mix of Fenty Beauty, Bobbi Brown, Sisley, Viseart, Aarcbeauty, HDBrow, Eyeko, Trish Mcevoy and Suqqu. I particularly fell in love with Naomie’s jewellery, they are from a brand called DeBeers in the UK. Have a look at the website here, they have a great selection of delicate pieces.

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Jennifer Lawrence‘s look is perfection. Look at that sparkly, smooth skin! I’m in love with this super-chic, minimal look and thank God, she skipped big false lashes!  My google-fu failed me and I couldn’t find who did her make-up but since she is a Dior ambassador wearing a Dior dress, I’m pretty sure the makeup is Dior too.

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Lisa Eldridge has done it again. You simply cannot fault Gemma Arterton‘s makeup, it is so perfect! Lucky us, Lisa, the generous person that she is, left a detailed breakdown of the look on her website, skincare included. Here’s the link.  She used trusty old favourites like Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua as a base and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector liquid in Pearl but the real star of the whole look were the lips. She used Lancome’s L’absolu Rouge in Isabella as a base, Mac’s Cherry Lip Pencil to define and then Lancome’s L’asolu Rouge in Idôle, a bright coral in the centre of the lips for a three-dimensional feel. Gemma was wearing a black Alberta Ferretti dress and Ara Vartanian jewellery. It seems emerald earrings are enjoying a moment this season.

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Anya Taylor-Joy looked like a dream walking off a Dolce & Gabbana runway. What I love about her look is that the glowing skin, the thick eyeliner, a fair amount of blush and the berry lip created a lot of drama with the lacy D&G dress. The whole look is bold, sexy, extra points for taking accessorizing to the next level by wearing a crown. You got to love that!

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I have loved Lupita Nyongo‘s style and beauty choices ever since she first hit the red carpets back in 2014 because she experiments a lot with different looks all the time so she never gets boring. This year she didn’t disappoint either.  At the BAFTA’s, Lancome make-up artist Nick Barose created a fantastic look for her continuing the theme of Black Panther and Lupita’s strong character in the movie.  Her eyeliner was combined with a beautiful blue eyeshadow in the inner corners of her eyes and had almost an ’80s vibe with the bright orange-red lip. The bold makeup went perfectly with the ‘warrior queen-esqe’ Eli Saab dress.

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Octavia Spencer looked the picture of happiness on the red carpet. The talented actress wore a black Sachin & Babi dress with tiny sequins and bold Chopard earrings. She has beautiful skin so that glowing base looks perfect on her.  Complementing her skin tone, the black-burgundy smoky eye, the strong blush and deep red lip shade was a great choice too.

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It seems I can’t have a red carpet report without mentioning Saoirse Ronan but she is just way too good to leave out! She is wearing a cool, high-neck Chanel dress and a pair of emerald drop earrings by Cartier. Her make-up artist Karen Alder used Chanel and Glossier makeup (Haloscope highlighter, Cloudpaint on the cheeks and lips) to achieve this fresh look. I especially like the soft halo of purple around the eyes.

Ben Clockonego was responsible for Saoirse’s laidback, effortless updo that went so well with her outfit.
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Tessa Thompson looked so much fun with a bold metallic silver eyeshadow. I wish more ladies followed her example and experiment with different looks more. You can really see here how the dress the celebrities wear influences the makeup.  The bold metallic eyeshadow and the red lip was a perfect way to continue the colour theme of the gown.

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Pregnancy really suits Rebecca Ferguson! She looked happy and glowing on the red carpet. That inner glow is all she really needed, the minimalistic makeup and hairstyle went beautifully with the Stella McCartney dress she wore for the night.

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Here is another big red carpet favourite of mine. Margot Robbie and her regular make-up artist, Pati Dubroff went for a simplistic, fresh look with glowing bronzed skin, a wash of pink on the eyelids and a nude lip shade. Pati used Ex1 Cosmetics Invisiwear and Delete Fluide for the base (available in the UK in Boots) which I never tried so I have put it on my shopping list straight away.

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The beautiful Gemma Chan kept it classic with soft waves and a black smokey eye-red lip combo but wearing that stunning Stella McCartney dress she didn’t need more.

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None other than one of the Pixiwoo sisters, Nick Chapman-Haste did the make-up for Allison Janney for the night. She went for a chic, soft smoky eye, fresh skin and soft pink lip. The talented actress wore a unique  Bibhu Mohapatra creation and Messika jewellery so the understated makeup was a really smart choice.

Let me mention Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Letitia Wight too. I haven’t found any details of their makeup and they seemed to opt for a ‘barely there’ style but their whole look and their dresses were absolutely divine:

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