Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Red Carpet: Looks Favoured by Celebrities

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.

A Lip
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.

An Eye
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.


  1. I am generally all about the lips. I love a strong lip look. I do like the contrast of a very natural face with an evening dress too though.

  2. @Grace London: I hear you Grace! I too love the stark naturalness of a face with an opulent gown, especially when the hair's all 'done'. Thanks for the comment! x

  3. I'm with Grace, I think I'm more of a lip person. Are you going to Cannes then this year? That must be so exciting, I'd love to go to the South of France. If I was a makeup artist then i think I would really like to work with Cate Blanchett, Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan, they seem so graceful and elegant, never trashy. Who would be your dream client? x

  4. @Lipstick Luvvie: Hiya, I am not sure as yet, there's a couple of possibilities but I have to wait it out and see if my schedule allows me to get there or not. I've done a few of the celebs already but personally I don't really have a dream celeb to do. I treat everyone as an individual and love making them look and feel the best they can. X

  5. I loove the first set of pictures the most, especially the first one with the almost purple lips gorgeous.
    I'm just catching up on your other posts xx

  6. @nicoletta: Thanks lovely! Yeah I love a dark dark lip anytime! Thank you for reading! xx

  7. I like a dramatic eye and was interested to hear you say you didn't do smokey too much. My eyelashes aren't too bad but I think I maybe should try using false ones to get that really dramatic effect.
    Thank you Kenneth for the post, enjoy Cannes if you go this time.
    Catherine xx

  8. @cmlewis: Hi Catherine, I hear ya. Sometimes it's better to do less & go subtle for a really dramatic effect. have you tried doing a dark liner close to the roots of your lashes? Then using a cotton bud take off excess to leave a really dark dense base colour at your lash roots. That can also help create a non made up but strong look! As for a smokey, I rarely do a full one. It just looks too 'done'! Think more Kate Moss, def less Jordan!! A smudge of a smokey looks way better than a dramatic smokey most times. Thanks for the comment! xx

  9. I don't think I tend to favour one but will go for one of the three depending on my mood. A strong lip is the one I do most rarely. I have to be in the mood and feeling confident. It's often the faster option though.

    Thanks for sharing the different looks you like for the red carpet. It was really interesting, I love the suggest products bit too. More items for my list!
    Jane x

  10. @ModestyBrown: Thanks Jane. Yeah I find it hard to choose a favourite as they're all great looks! Thanks for the comment and as always if I see or hear of anything new or interesting, I'll definitely share it. x

  11. Hi Kenneth, Love your work! You truly are an inspiration of aspiring artists like myself. Any advice on an artist just getting started, who is very confident with her skill, excited about her work and full of passion, but just not sure how to really get started?
    Thanks so much!

  12. Hey Kenneth, huge fan of your work! You are truly an inspiration to aspiring artists like myself. What advice would you give to an artist who is confident about her abilities, passionate about her work but just not sure how to really get started in the field? Would really appreciate any real time advice.
    Love and wishes of more success for you!

    1. Hey Shakun, thanks for the kind words, you're very sweet. I'm very lucky to have been given the opportunities that I have but it's also a combination of many years of hard work. All I can say is be proud of our industry, work hard & always be humble and open to new ideas. There's so many areas of makeup to explore so I am not sure exactly what area you want to be in. Maybe here is not that great a place to discuss this. Maybe I'll do a post about this subject. x