It's the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival starting 11th May, ending 22nd May. During this time, the little town of Cannes will be swamped by paparazzi, film stars & starlets, music gods & goddesses and tourists eager to catch a glimpse of their favourite celebrities! As a makeup artist, it's also a great opportunity to showcase my work. With the world's press snapping away, my work will potentially be seen by thousands if not millions of people, so getting the right look for the celeb I look after is crucial. Therefore as I prepare my kit, I thought I'd share a few different looks favoured for that special red carpet moment.
Nothing showcases glamour more than a strong lip colour! If you've got a beautiful mouth, a striking lipstick may be all you need to bring that wow-factor into a look. Now here's the tricky bit, to carry off a strong lip colour, the rest of the face needs to look polished and effortless. Very few people can carry off a strong eye and lip so the key is to keep the eyes simple, a bit of a neutral shade like a taupe, soft liner & lashes. As for the lipstick, anything goes! Fancy a bit of old school Hollywood glam? Go for the red. What about an alternative? I like a pink, not the soft wishy washy pinks but high voltage fuchsia!
Celebs who favour this look: Angelina Jolie, Gwen Stefani, Megan Fox, Scarlett Johansson & Dita Von Teese.
Brands that do great strong lips: YSL Rouge Pur Couture, Christian Dior Addict, Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick, Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick, Nars, Chanel Rouge Allure, MAC Russian Red & Pink Nouveau.
Naturals & Neutrals
A look sought by the women who don't want to look made up but yet want polish and glamour. This is my favourite look as it's effortless yet beautiful to look at. Nothing screams out from this look, you just see amazing beautiful perfection. Naturally it boils down to having perfect but soft foundation, a little dusting of shading on the eyes using nude tones, a light mascara, gentle shading or blush and a nude-ish lip.
Celebs who do this look well: Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Biel, Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Aniston & Carey Mulligan.
Brands: Armani Fluid Sheers, Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation, Satin Eye Colour Trio in Voyage & Bronzers, Shu Uemura Stage Performer, Mascara Basic & UV Under Base Mousse, MAC, Estee Lauder Vanilla Truffle.
Now this usually means bringing attention to the eyes. Some do it via the traditional and highly popular smokey eye but personally I think it's a bit too predictable and over made up. I prefer focusing on a liner or making sure that the lashes look incredibly lush & defined. I suppose one could say that this really is a "natural" look with the volume pumped up! I would usually start the look I would do for "Naturals and Neutrals" but then add more definition along the lash line but still in keeping with the harmony of the colour palette. The only thing strong about this look is lashes, so a high impact mascara is necessary. And if needs be, individual false lash inserts. Occasionally I will do a very soft smoke, not a full on one, but just enough duskiness along the lash line. And to finish off, a bronzer and some blush.
Celebs: Eva Longoria, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Jessica Alba, Keira Knightley & Kim Kardashian.
Brands: YSL Long Waterproof Eye Pencil & Effet Faux Cils Mascara, Givenchy Magic Kajal & Phenomen'Eyes, Dior Show Mascara.
Now just because we can't have the flamboyant lifestyles of these celebs, doesn't mean we can't make like a super star and do our makeup like they do! So who or which look would you normally go for? I'd love to hear comments and as always, am here to give advice and discuss. Tweet