Award season is just around the corner, and aside from the, er, actual awards, it’s all about beautiful people wearing beautiful clothes, simply looking beautiful. Since our day-to-day doesn’t include a long red carpet (and our plus one from DiCaprio got lost in the mail), we decided to tap the expertise of GLAMSQUAD‘s Director of Makeup Artistry Kelli Bartlett to find out how we can make red-carpet beauty looks work for the real world.
Kelli’s no novice to the Hollywood scene—she’s worked with everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Tracy Anderson, and can draw the perfect cat eye in her sleep. But for us, she came up with toned-down versions of seven iconic beauty looks to take you through the week. Here’s how she broke it down for the week:
Monday’s Bold Red Lip
“First, go around the mouth with a sheer concealer that’s the exact same tone as your skin. You don’t want a weird light ring around the mouth if you choose the wrong shade. Follow with a generous amount of hydrating lip primer, like Mary Kay’s Timewise Age-Fighting Lip Primer, taking care to apply with precision, as the lipstick will stick where you place the primer. Press your lips together to distribute it evenly.
When choosing your color, opt for a satin sheer texture as opposed to an extreme matte for that date-night accessibility. One of my new favorites is Wander Beauty’s Love Lock Hydrating Lip Gel in Parisian Red. It’s the perfect sheer, cool-girl red that is unintimidating for date night. Although this is great straight out of the tube, I always tell women to use a brush first. Start by oversaturating a brush like Makeup Forever’s 226. Use the edge so you have more control along the bow of the lip. For the bottom of the lips, draw toward the fleshiest part in the center.
Then it’s time to perfect. Do your lips appear fuller on one side and slimmer on the other? Did you miss a spot? Adjust, even out and perfect the shape.”
Tuesday’s Matte Face
“Start with a primer like Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizing Matte Primer. Using your hands, apply a pea-sized amount to your t-zone and blend outwards, making sure to hit the crevices of the nose and apples of the cheeks. Follow with Giorgio Armani’s Designer Lift Foundation, buffed into the skin with a fluffy fiber brush to give a satiny smooth appearance. If powder is necessary, use a small, fluffy eyeshadow brush to apply a tiny amount of translucent setting powder like IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores to micro-targeted areas.”
Wednesday’s Winged Eyeliner
“The secret to achieving this look is using a thick, angled brush and deep, charcoal shadow instead of the classic liquid liner. When choosing an angled brush, go for something soft but sturdy like the Lancome #18 Brush. Use the angled end and a dark charcoal shadow, such as Bobbi Brown’s Smoke for intensity at the lashline. Begin by dipping your angled brush into the shadow and lining the top lashline using a tapping motion. Avoid dragging the angled brush for too harsh a result and only line where lashes naturally grow. Next, stare at yourself straight ahead in a mirror and stamp the wing on the outer corner of your eye, perpendicular to your lashes’ edge. Re-dip your angled brush and connect the wing to the lid. Use your finger to dab any mistakes away and soften the line. You’ll end up with a chic, smudgy winged liner that is soft and seductive.”
Thursday’s Bronze Shimmer
“You can replicate the bone structure of an A-lister by using a matte bronze to contour, focusing on adding depth where needed. Tilt the head to the side you are working on, with your ear almost touching your shoulder. Stick your brush inside of the hollow, underneath the bone, blending back toward your ear and down at an angle toward your mouth. The shimmer should be created with highlighters to add sparkle and glow, while the bronzer creates the depth to the skin.
“There are all types of highlighting products—creams, glosses, liquids, powders. My personal favorites are Becca’s Highlighter in Moonstone and Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow. To highlight, repeat the same angling of the head, but start working on the opposite cheekbone. The light that hits the top of the cheekbone should be amplified with a highlighter wrapping around the brow bone, towards the temple.”
Friday’s Statement Lashes
“Most stars opt to wear false lashes on the red carpet to add fullness and length to their natural lashes. While a full strip lash might be too much drama for date-night, a few individual lashes set on a strip have the same effect as individuals, but with an easier application. Ardell Demi Wispies are a perfect example. After your eye makeup is complete and lashes are curled, measure the lash. It should only touch where your lashes naturally grow, so avoid the inner tear duct. Trim any excess from the outside or longer side of the strip. Swipe on a thin line of glue to the strip and wait about 30 seconds for it to be on tacky. Stack the lash on top of your natural lash, fluffing it upwards as it dries. For added drama, tap a little mascara at the roots to blend the faux lash.”
Saturday’s Smoky Eye
“Start by using a paddle brush to sweep the lighter-toned shadow from the lash line to the crease and from the inner corner to the outer corner of your eye. Using the same brush, carefully place the darker toned shadow tight to the lash line and lid, being careful not to extend past your brow bone. Next, use your pick of eyeliner—I adore a dark coffee ground color, like Charlotte Tilbury’s Barbarella Brown—to line the upper and lower lash line, including the inner rim of your eye.
“The most crucial element to an expertly applied smokey eye is blending. After applying the liner, choose a tone slightly warmer than your natural skin tone. While some women can rock a sooty, smoked-out stare, the best way to translate this look for off the red carpet is by swapping out the deep black shadow for a rich shimmery brown tone, like the colors in Tom Ford’s Golden Mink palette. Using your blending brush and a touch of bronzer, swish the brush back and forth inside your brow bone first and then dust along the lower lashes. Swirl a brush with no eyeshadow on it back and forth in the eye socket and then swish it past the brow bone, creating the ideal dreamy diffusion of color.”
Sunday’s Blushing Color
“Extreme blush colors like fuchsia and orange are a fun option (try Lancome Blush Subtil in Shimmer Plum Affaire or Makeup Forever Cream Blush in Tangerine), but the key is to use them in soft, stained glass-like washes of color. Using a large fluffy brush, smile really big and swirl the brush in a circular motion on the tops of the cheeks directly under the iris of the eye, targeting the apples. This technique rounds out the face and is effective at softening angular features.
“For a more high-fashion, ’80s-throwback appearance, use an angular brush like Laura Mercier’s Angled Cheek Contour Brush, stamp blush in the hollows of cheeks, and blend up toward the temple. This application widens the face and makes a bold statement. Bring the whole look together and give an air of romance by swishing some of the blush color on the eyes, hollowing out the brow bone using a fluffy eye blending brush.”