Summer weekends are the time for weddings and gatherings that skew a little more formal than the average occasion. To help give you confidence putting together an on-trend beauty look that lasts a full day or night, Beth Squires shares makeup recommendations and beauty inspiration from the celebrity guests at the 2018 New York Met Gala and Cannes Film Festival. Channel the red carpet confidence of Rihanna and Emma Stone with toned down versions of the wild Heavenly Bodies-inspired beauty at the Met Gala, or try products to help you evoke Lupita Nyong’o or Kristen Stewart’s classic Cannes glamour.
If, like me, you don’t have a celebrity-style nutritionist and dermatologist on call, can’t book in a hydrating facial on the day to prepare your skin, and have been consumed with stressful work weeks and whiling away your evenings in pub gardens… you’ll need a fast track to red carpet radiance. Michelle Williams and Janelle Monae were just a couple of the guests at the Met Gala showing off lit-from-within complexions, while Amber Heard and Ava DuVernay have shown similar starry radiance in Cannes.
I recommend this first makeup step for a your-skin-but-better look – try First Light Priming Filter primer (£28) from Becca. The lilac colour brightens all skin tones beautifully and it also blurs imperfections. Apply before a longwear base with good coverage like Giorgio Armani’s Power Fabric foundation (£42), which also has SPF25. If you’re skin-confident, you could even lighten the consistency by mixing in a little primer, or forgoing foundation and using First Light alone with concealer where you need it.
It’s just… a little blush
Kate Bosworth’s fresh Met Gala makeup included peachy and rosy tones across her cheeks, and a hint on her eyelids too – a beautiful example of a blush-focused makeup look. To build your own, try NARS Wanted I Cheek Palette (£38.25), which has six beautiful shades of blush, bronze and highlight to help you create a variety of looks.
Like Kate, you can use the colours on cheeks, eyelids, or even press them over lipstick for a matchy matchy beauty look. Then use the highlight to accentuate where the light naturally hits – classic places to apply are the brow bone, cupid’s bow, the tops of your cheekbones and, if your skin isn’t too prone to oiliness, down the centre of your nose. Experiment with the shades and you’ll be surprised how much blush can change up your look.
Red carpet red
You knew it was coming. Yes, a red lip is an all-time classic for a reason, evoking confidence and glamour. Jessica Chastain and Amber Heard showed how beautiful red lipstick can be at Cannes, while Jury member Kristen Stewart wore one with a classic Chanel suit. At the Met Gala, Amal Clooney rocked a similar classic red lip, while Lily Collins’ berry-stained pout was a gothier version for a more dramatic look.
If you don’t have a favourite red lipstick yet, I recommend this longwearing suits-everyone shade – Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick (£24) in (fittingly) Red Carpet Red.
The standout trend from the Met Gala this year? Glittery, metallic eyeshadows. Bronze, silver and gold shades can be worn with any outfit or colour as a very glamorous neutral, from the intense gold glitter of Priyanka Chopra and Selena Gomez’s eye makeup to the more subtle wearable gold shimmer of Emma Stone’s look.
Heavy metallic and glitter eyes that suit the drama of the red carpet are begging to be toned down a little for the rest of us, so for a look that’s close to full sparkle, stila’s Glitter & Glow (£23) range is longwearing, has an extensive shade range, and looks really beautiful on. If you’re wearing a bold lip and want something more subtle, try a little gold shimmer, courtesy of Nars Velvet Shadow Stick (£21) in Corfu.
Fix & Refresh
Once your face is all done, finish and set it with a spritz of the classic MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ (£19) – which now comes in a range of limited editions featuring refreshing coconut, lavender and rose scents. If you’re all about that glow, Pinklite adds a little extra radiance. Grab a travel size (£10) for your bag and you can spritz through the event to refresh your makeup. Easy!
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May 18th 2018 - by @CollectPlus