The Oscars are nearly upon us, and with the Grammy Awards, BAFTAs, and Golden Globes all having happened over the past few weeks, we’ve been flooded with images of picture-perfect celebrities, dazzling us with their red carpet radiance!
We’d love to achieve these polished, red carpet looks, but sadly don’t have the matching 5* budget (not to mention the live-in make-up artist!).
But we aren’t going to be defeated. We’ve hunted down the best high-street products to bring you champagne looks on a prosecco budget (make-up artist sadly not included)!
Scarlet, crimson, ruby, vermillion – whatever your shade, a bold red lip is as much of a staple at the Academy Awards as the red carpet itself. Add a pop of A-list colour to your outfit with a daring slash across your lips.
The key to pout-perfection is exfoliation. Brush a toothbrush gently across your lips to exfoliate and then soften with a lip butter – we love Nivea’s in Vanilla and Macadamia, £2.25. Line your lips with a pencil to stop colour bleeding (be sure to smudge into your lip a bit so no harsh lines and match the shade with your lipstick!), then slick, brush or smudge on your favourite lipstick. Make like Jennifer Lawrence at the Golden Globes in this sexy, dark raspberry Trendsetter shade from Revlon Colorstay £8.99, or try this vampy Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Big Bang £5.99.
Classic Hollywood Elegance
Otherwise known as the ‘natural’ look – although of course, we ladies know that ‘natural’ make-up means anything but that! The stars notoriously take three to four hours to perfect their looks – we certainly don’t have time for that! So these are our shortcut, go-to products.
This look is all about freshness, simplicity and dewy radiance – for inspiration think Uma Thurman’s stunning Bafta’s look. Start with a primer like Garnier’s Perfect Blur £12.99, and layer on a light-touch foundation. The range of shades from Revlon PhotoReady is great, easily absorbed, with a soft, light-reflecting finish £12.99. Brush over a shimmer eyeshadow like the buttery, golden tones of Lavish and Fiery from this MUA palette £4, it adds just the right amount of Hollywood glamour. Flick on a layer of your favourite mascara and complete the look with a blowy blush, we love this creamy Rose Dor from Bourjois £7.99.
2014 trend: blue eyeliner
We’re used to seeing the occasional flick of retro eyeliner on the red carpet, or a dark smudge of rock-chick black – but this year blue is the new black. Showcased at recent Fashion Weeks, blue is having its moment. We’re not sure about this one yet – it’s definitely outside our comfort zone, but with eyeliners like this Model’s Own Azure for only £4, it’s a cheap way to try this season’s scorching-hot trend.
Less is definitely more with this beauty trend. Try a bold blue line from the center to outer edge of your upper and lower lash-lines, or copy Lupita Nyong’o’s striking Bafta’s look with a soft smudgy eyeshadow like Rimmel Scandaleyes in Tempting Turquoise £4.49.
So there you have it – easy tips to be Red Carpet ready! Your audience awaits! Trying these looks? Share with us @tweetjanes