The Award season has officially opened last week with the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards so there’s plenty of beauty inspiration ahead in the next 6 months up until the Oscar’s. Being a film and tv fan I always check out the nominees and the winners but since being in the beauty industry I focus on the red carpet events too because you can see the latest and greatest from the biggest makeup artists of today and I can learn so much from them. What I love about red carpet makeup is that artists have to bring their best to achieve an elegant, realistic (meaning not Instagram makeup), HD-friendly makeup suiting the occasion and the gowns perfectly well.
I had quite a few of favourite looks this year so let’s get to it straight away:
I love Constance’s glowing skin and the beautiful taupe smokey eyes that go so well with her gown. The nude lipstick is finishing the look perfectly with an elegant, sleek, centre-parted updo.
Glowing flawless skin, subtle pink lips and a centre-parted, sleek updo was the key to Emilia’s look too but who can take their eyes off of her perfectly groomed, full brows?
There are not too many women in the world with such perfect skin as Thandie Newton. Her elegant and soft ’70s inspired pink makeup look was created with the help of the new Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Seduction, her makeup artist mixed the shades Entrapment, Blitz Game, Rose Gold 005 to get that lovely pink wash on her lid. The rest of the look was toned down to keep everything chic.
Kristin Bell wore the most beautiful smokey eye look created by Amy Oresman who used the budget brand, Joah’s Eyeshadow palette in Birthday Suit. The rest of her look was kept subtle with a nude glossy lip using Joah’s Mirror Mirror Lipgloss in Ever After. The whole look was finished with an elegant ballerina bun which complemented her white gown so well.
You can really see here how a make-up artist works around the gowns the celebrities choose. Rea’s Vera Wang jumpsuit inspired the makeup Joanna Simkin used who decided to go a little bit matchy-matchy (in the best possible way) and use a sparkly eye look. She started with a bright blue eyeshadow as a base form CoverGirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette in Dazed than followed it by a sparkly shade from the Super Stunner Highlight Palette in It’s Lit and finished it with a black khol and liquid eyeliner. The rest of the face was toned down just to avoid the makeup being too overwhelming.
Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee impresses me every single time she steps on the red carpet. This time her makeup artist Lisa Storey used all Charlotte Tilbury to achieve this super fun colour-blocking look. Tracee’s eyeshadow is actually Tilbury’s Hot Lips Lipstick in Tell Laura and her blush was a mix of five shades including the new limited edition Pillow Talk Cheek To Chic Blush. This vibrant makeup actually did work and didn’t look overwhelming at all even if she was wearing a voluminous, bright fuchsia Valentino gown.
Letitia kept it simple in the makeup department as she usually does with a subtle smokey eye look, glowing skin and a natural lip. Her beautifully styled, braided, bejewelled hair was the focus of her look.
If you have a hair colour like Madeline and flawless skin, you hardly need anything else. Her makeup is all about subtle sculpting, soft lilac eyeshadow and feathery brows with rosy lips. I’ve seen quite a few floral hair accessories on the red carpet this year, she actually wore real white roses at the back of her half-updo.
I love Yara’s youthful makeup a fun top knot. Similarly to Tracee Ellis Ross two shades of lipsticks were used over her eyes, lips and cheeks. Her makeup is all Bobbi Brown: Skin Long-Wear Foundation, Luxe Matte Lip Color Lipstick in Burnt Cherry, lip liner in Sangria (as eyeshadow, blush and lipstick), eyeliner in Black Ink, highlighter on the body in Nectar.
This makeup look is such a classic and it is fit for a winner. Rachel’s makeup artist, Lisa Aharon used Chantecaille Lip Definite in Desire (a true red) followed by Chantecaille Lip Veil in Tiger Lily to get this unique orangey-red lip shade. It seems this look paired with glowing skin and feathery lashes really worked for the actress, she won the Best Lead Actress in a Comedy series award on the night.
Evan Rachel Wood
After noticing Evan’s glowing porcelain complexion, you are instantly drawn in by that rich deep plum lip shade she is wearing. It is actually Burt’s Bees Liquid Lipstick in Wine Waters. Her hair stylist finished the look with a beautiful fresh flower creation at the back of her hair.
Tatiana went for a bold colour combination, she paired her bright yellow gown with a vibrant orange-red lip (Illamaqua lipstick in Flare). The contrast worked beautifully and didn’t look overwhelming at all since the rest of her makeup was toned down.
I am loving all the bright colours on this red carpet this year. Scarlett Johansson went for a bright gold shimmer eyeshadow (Astral Luna Gold from Pat McGrath’s new Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Seduction ) with a bold black liner and Twiggy-inspired lower lashes. Her makeup artist Frankie Boyd kept the rest of her look fresh which let the eyeshadow be the focus of attention.
Apart from having one of the coolest names in the business together with Daisy Ridley, Atlanta actress’ wore a tonal look with rusty smokey eyes, a muted blush and lip colour but this worked perfectly well with her decorative velvet gown.
Vanessa Kirby is quickly becoming one of my beauty crushes. She sported a 90s style brown-toned makeup with nude lips and black eyeliner flick. She is wearing Fruit Pigmented Full Coverage Water Foundation, Kosas blush in Longitude Zero, Ilia highlighter in Cosmic Dancer and Fruit Pigmented Cocoa Butter Matte lipstick in Mojave.
Jessica Biel went for a youthful, fresh romantic look with lots of roses and pinks, I particularly love that berry-stained lip. She is wearing Chanel Sheer Healthy Glow Moisturizing Tint, Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, blush in Quintessence, eyeshadow in Mystere et Intensity, lip liner in Natural, lipstick in Avant-Gardiste and Ideal.
Just look at that most gorgeous lip shade Gwendoline is wearing! The Game of Thrones actress’ makeup artist Stoj used Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Liner in Savage Rose, Liaison lipstick from the Hollywood Lips collection and in Screen Siren to the centre of the lips. Matte red lips with her alabaster skin and bob are perfectly on trend.
The young Stranger Things actress is already a style icon for her tender age and she didn’t disappoint this time either. Her makeup is fabulous, glowing, age-appropriate with a subtle sparkle and I can even forgive her for the early 2000s flicky hairdo, she actually looks adorable with it.