The Baftas have come and gone with pretty much no surprises. It was a bit of a snoozefest, to be honest, scattered with safe jokes and quite short, rather uncontroversial speeches. Luckily, Richard E. Grant’s spark lit up the whole evening and the highlight of the night, again, was Olivia Coleman’s speech.
Looking at fashion and beauty, the red carpet was full of colour again after last years all black dress code supporting the ‘Me Too’ campaign. There were some hits and misses but in general, everyone looked glowing. Here are my favourite makeup looks:
Hats off to Charlotte Hayward, Glenn Close’s makeup artist. Close’s fresh skin, light purple smokey eyes and peachy lip (all by Lancome) is a masterclass in how to make up women in their prime. It is light, softly blended, her hair is styled in a simple, sophisticated way and all this went beautifully with the statement jewellery and black McQueen dress she wore.
Danai Gurira is one of my favourites when it comes to red carpet beauty. Dressed in all black, the only pop of colour was her brick red lips. Her beautifully glowing skin, wavey updo and understated earrings made the whole look incredibly chic.
Lili Collins’ makeup was created by my all time favourite makeup artist Lisa Eldridge. “Lily sent me a picture of her dress and we both liked the dark lip vibe,” says Lisa Eldridge, Lancôme’s Global Creative Director. “She has very luminous skin. I added a flush of rose on her cheeks so that the look was not too gothic.” Lisa used Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude as the base, Blush Subtil 02 Rose Sable to brighten up her face, shades from the Spring 2019 Café Bônheur La Palette 01 L’Addition S’il Vous Plaît, Brôw Define Pencil 11 Medium Brown, Sourcils Styler in 03 Brun and Grandiôse Mascara.
The focus of the look was that lush bold lip, Lisa used L’Absolu Rouge Matte 397 Berry Noir.
Michelle Yeoh looked regal in Eli Saab and some statement jewellery on the red carpet. Understandably, her makeup was toned down yet sophisticated using nude shades. I am not a huge fan of false lashes but in this case, I don’t mind them at all since the softly blended colours on her skin and her loose, elegant curls create an overall well-balanced, chic look.
Here’s another makeup from the Lancome camp. Millie Macintosh showed us what skin goals are in 2019. Millie, apparently, was very clear about the makeup look she was after. “I’m going for glossy skin,” she says, adding a brushed up brow gave the look a little edge. “It keeps it a bit fresh and not too neat and tidy.” Georgios Tsantirakis, Lancôme’s West End Regional Makeup Artist, used Skin Feels Good Foundation in 035W Fresh Almond and a mix of Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer in 02 and 010.
On Millie’s eyes, he used Ombre Hypnôse Mono M204 Très Chocolat and, followed by Monsieur Big Mascara. Georgios created a lip base with Le Lip Liner 11 Bronzelle followed by L’Absolu Rouge Cream 343 Suspense and topped with L’Absolu Gloss Cream 202 Nuit & Jour.
I am always looking forward to seeing what Margot Robbie will be wearing on the red carpet. Her and makeup artist Pati Dubroff come up with such a variety of exciting looks constantly that she has become my favourite beauty crush over the past year. Using Chanel Pati was trying to pick up some of the beads on the dress Margot wore which is why she went for electric blue, “to make it look birdy, like a feather”, as well as using a few different mascaras, completing the look with a sprinkle of blue glitter to make the eyes pop. She kept the rest of Margot’s look natural with a nude lip and peachy blush on the cheeks.
Octavia Spencer brightened up the red carpet with her sequin Christian Siriano dress and gorgeous plum smokey eyes. I am glad her lipstick shade is not as bright or brighter than her dress, this makes to look sophisticated.
Amy Jackson went for a bright, fun look with and paired peachy eyes with red lips that wore well with her sleek hairstyle and a statement necklace. I am happy to see so many nice lash work on this red carpet, the pair of falsies don’t overwhelm the look but give a nice lifted effect.
Roma actress, Yalitza Aparicio, went for an understated black liner, soft red lip and glowing skin combination. Her statement earrings weren’t the main accessory of her look but her smile. This woman could not stop smiling the whole night, but can you blame her? Her film Roma was one of the biggest critical successes of the year.
With beautiful features like Irina Shayk’s, you don’t need a lot to look great. She wore an elegant Burberry trouser suit paired with a sleek updo and super-understated nude makeup with glossy lips courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury’s niece Sofia Schwarzkopf Tilbury.
Laura Harrier looked fresh and glowing with brushed up brows, soft plum smokey eyes and beautifully highlighted cheeks. Here’s how her makeup artist Alex Babsy achieved her look: “Laura’s dress (an orange long-sleeved pleated midi by Louis Vuitton) gave me the idea of contrasting a colour against the orange hue. So, to make things a little more interesting, I added a deep mauve from the Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Eye Shadow Palette D02 to her smoky eye. The effect is subtle, but adding a colour so opposing instead of a matching one makes the look much more dynamic. I then kept Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-Porter Mascara only on the top lashes; often, with bigger eyes, adding mascara to both the top and bottom lashes can make the eyes appear rounder and more doll-like,” explains Babsky.
“I used Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation all over the face and a brightening concealer just on the T-zone – this makes everything monotone, which is particularly important for richer skin tones as it stops the face from looking too flat, particularly under the flash of cameras. A brightening concealer can mimic what happens when bare skin is a little moist or glowing, and it adds the natural highlights back in. I then placed a deep-raspberry blush Lancôme’s Subtil Rose Indien, high up and outside the cheekbones rather than on the apples of the cheeks – this makes everything more polished and expensive rather than ‘cutesy’.”
A pinky-nude lipstick completed the look. “Using my fingers, I patted the super-sheer Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte in 343, a fleshy nude, on Laura’s lips – it offsets her natural colour but doesn’t detract from the eye. Laura has full, thick brows, so I added a little bit of extra structure, but it’s pretty much her own shape.”
The embodiment of understated beauty, Thandie Newton looked ever-so-elegant on the red carpet in a bold Valentino gown with subtly defined eyes and a creamy nude lip created by Katrina Appie.
No matter what hair colour, Cate Blanchett always looks stunning. This time she dyed her hair chocolate brown for a role and was wearing a Christopher Kane dress decorated with huge gems in different colours (some were joking that they were the Infinity Stones from the Marvel Universe.) Her makeup artist, Morag Ross used Armani Beauty to create this look, keeping her makeup minimal with just a touch of bronze eyeshadow and a pop of creamy blush. That beautiful shade on Cate’s lips is Neo Nude Ecstasy Balm #2.