Get a red carpet look without seeing red
Make-up artist Paul Herrington, head of artistry at Bobbi Brown, says:
"The look I created for the catwalk was ethereal, illuminated and radiant with lots of shimmer. Women should look like an enhanced version of themselves."
When it comes to doing your own make-up prior to a big bash, the right base is crucial. "You must hydrate with a quality nourishing cream 30 minutes before your make-up to create luminosity. Then, a sheer coat of foundation, followed by a light dusting of powder to keep the foundation on. I use Bobbi Brown's Foundation Stick (26) or Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation (28)." For nourishment, try Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Face Cream (33, Jenners) and add definition via highlighting and sculpting. "The Shimmer Brick in Rose (29.50) gives a stunning airbrushed look," adds Paul. "Get a big brush and gently dust this illuminating powder over your face. You can even use the Beige Brick (29.50) as a setting powder."
So, if you have only 15 minutes until party time, how can you make eyes and lips pop? "Create definition with bold black mascara on lashes, and liner," says Paul. "And with lips, dab on concealer to cancel natural lip colour, and follow with clear gloss."
What about red carpet hair? Amber Lennie, salon director of Charlie Miller in Stafford Street, says less is more and tousled waves or a chic bun always turn heads. "Create loose waves using large Velcro rollers, backcomb at the crown smoothing the top sections over the hair and finish off by working serum and hairspray through the ends. Or smooth hair into a ponytail, and pass it through a foam ring to the base of your hair. Using pins, wrap hair around the doughnut."
Visit the Bobbi Brown counter in Jenners for a free consultation.