Bruce Grayson, Head Make-Up Artist for the 2010 Academy Awards, tells you how to achieve red carpet-ready makeup.
Tip 1: Prep Your Skin
"It's important to prep your skin a few days before a big event. In addition to drinking lots of water and eating a healthy diet, the key to glowing skin is following a strict skincare regimen. For pre-event prep, try the Olay Professional Pro-X Intensive Firming Treatment ($62) - this two step kit combines a hydrating mask and tightening serum. Packed with an effective blend of anti-aging ingredients, it works to firm skin by helping restore its natural fullness, elasticity and tension. In just five days skin looks significantly younger and firmer!"
Tip 2: Get Glowing
"Fabulous make-up starts with a flawless canvas (aka your skin!). To get blemish-free skin, opt for a foundation that delivers the perfect level of pigment, such as the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($59). Using the Giorgio Armani Foundation Brush ($51), apply with short quick strokes and paint your way to complexion perfection."
Tip 3: Get Smoky (Eyes That Is!)
"Get sultry, gorgeous eyes by creating a smoky look. First, you want to combat any dark undereye circles with the Olay Regenerist Anti Aging Eye Roller ($22.99). Gently glide the pen under your eyes and voila - puffiness disappears in just 30 seconds and there is an obvious reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Next, use the CoverGirl Smoky Shadow Blast ($7.49), a double-ended stick, available in six luxurious shades. Sweep the rounded end of the shadow all over the lid and use the angled end along the lash line and crease for bold definition."
Tip 4: Perk Up Your Cheeks
"Add dimension to the face and cheeks with soft blush in a pink or peach shade. If you prefer some shimmer, go with Nars Orgasm ($26). If you prefer no shimmer, try Cargo Catalina ($26). To apply, simply dust the apples of your cheeks with a big, fluffy brush, blending outward toward the hairline."
Tip 5: Create Kissable Lips
"To get the perfect pout, it's important to prep the lips with a conditioner. Not only will this hydrate the lips, but it will allow the color to stay longer. Start with Karite Lip Balm ($8.50), an all natural shea butter formula that moisturizes and protects. Next, apply a red lipstick, such as YSL Rouge Volupte in Red Temptation ($34) or a coral shade, like Mac Lipstick in Vegas Volt ($14). To define the lips further, apply a liner, such as Nars Lipliner Pencil in Jungle Red ($20). Set the color in place with a high shine gloss - try Mac Clear Lip Glass ($14) or Nars Lip Gloss in Triple X ($24)."