Awards season is well under way, and no Hollywood Starlet worth her salt hasn’t got her dressed prepared. But neither good genes, nor great stylists can hide a beauty emergency.
From stress spots to signs of fatigue, even the beautiful people get hit by the occasional crisis (always on red carpet day) and when they do, their makeup artists become miracle workers to hide them.
Whilst we might not be able to give you an Oscar, we can share the secrets of professionals to see you through your big moments – be they a wedding, a big first date or the first day of a new job!
1.Covering a Stress Spot
Most of us know that plastering foundation over an angry red pimple only leads to a 'caked' finish (and you can always see it underneath).
The trick to effecting concealing is in the right products and the right technique. After priming the skin, pat a tiny amount of green colour corrector ONLY over the area of the pimple.
Apply your base and then, as makeup artist Nancy Glass suggests, use a flat concealer brush and pat the product over the spot, flicking it at the edges to cover evenly. Set and voila, at least 8 spot free hours await!
Quite often the days before a big event, be the Oscars, or that 90-degree date you’ve waited weeks for, can be stressful and one of the first casualties can be how much water you drink or attention you pay to your skin.
Dehydrated skin is grey, has fine lines and can drop considerably. To get back to fresh and hydrated, make sure you’re drinking enough, and look for beauty products with low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid.
Hyaluronic Acid is created with gel-like molecules capable of holding up to 1000x its own weight in water, so anything you apply to your skin with it will instantly plump out, looking youthful and hydrated.
Shaky hands can lead to stricken lines – and nobody wants to end up with panda eyes on their big night.
There are a couple of tricks you can use to get it straight – starting at the outside and drawing in helps, as can using a line, but if you make a mistake late in your makeup don’t panic and start over. Simply apply an oily makeup remover to a Q-Tip and dab it on the affected area, then touch up and you’ll be good to go!
Pro-Artist Tip: Remember to apply your facial makeup AFTER your eyes if you’re doing heavier eye makeup. This way you can clean up the line and the rest of the face without ruining your base
4.Signs of Fatigue
Late nights and nerves can lead to under-eye bags, but covering these is a lot easier than people realise.
First, pat an oil-free eye gel into the area to reduce puffiness. Prime the eye area then using an orange toned colour corrector to counteract the blue of the shadow, pat product onto the darkest area only.
Follow with a light layer of skin-matching concealer and lightly set to finish
It’s a rule of nature that you will get bugs right before a big night out, ruining all your careful prep work, and leaving you pale and pasty
Whilst we can’t prevent mother nature ruining your night, we do know that careful use of bronzer can pick up even the most pallid of complexions for as-long-as it takes to collect your Oscar.
Using a large, fluffy blush simply swipe a matt, orange-free bronzer from cheek to cheek, across the nose and blend well for a natural, sun-kissed glow in seconds.
You can also use it on the shoulders, décolletage or anywhere the sun hits for radiance.