Features Guest posts | February 28th 2019

Red Carpet To Regular Day: Beauty Inspiration

Pretty, wearable makeup and beauty looks were the signature of the Oscars 2019 red carpet – and they can be as inspirational for your daytime makeup as they can for events! Beth Squires shares the beauty products she’ll be using to recreate the looks she loved.

“Celeb beauty inspiration is one of the few things about the Oscars that I can transfer to my life. Red carpet events? Those invites are very few and far between. Designer dresses or suits? Nope, I don’t have a celebrity’s budget (or stylist’s borrowing power). But the beauty? It’s accessible – and, luckily, one of my passions. This year’s Academy Awards was full of easy beauty looks that will look as great with a jumper, jeans and trainers as they would with a gown.

Skin Prep

Before a night out, you might have time to do a real skincare pamper – but if we’re pulling this red carpet tip back to the bleary-eyed beginning of a day, what can you do to make the best of your skin? Keep Anatomicals Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer  (£4 from ASOS) in your fridge-freezer and apply first thing to depuff your eyes. You can even get back into bed for five mins while it works its magic. And while you’re at it – grab a Dr Jart’s Porecting Mask (£6.50 at ASOS) to help get your skin at its best and ready for makeup. Apply for 10-20 mins. If getting back into bed is a no-go, wear the sheet mask while you’re making breakfast – a quick burst is better than nothing.

Foundation, Foundation, Foundation

Natural makeup was popular at the Oscars – accompanying some bright, sparkly dresses. With natural makeup, you want a smooth even base, as seen on Brie Larson – so match your concealer and foundation shades carefully. My high street musts for a great base are Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation (£6.50 at ASOS) and Maybelline Fit Me! concealer (£5.99 at ASOS). If you’re looking to splurge a little, my current higher priced faves are Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiére Radiance Perfecting Foundation (£36 at John Lewis), which contains Vitamin C to improve radiance of your skin over time, and Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Liquid Concealer (£28.80 at John Lewis). NYX do some great concealer pots (£6 each from ASOS) to even out skin tone before you even get to foundation – if you have redness, try a green concealer, and if you have dark circles under your eyes, go with an orange concealer. Blend your foundation and concealers carefully, then finish off with a setting powder, like NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Setting Powder (£12 at ASOS).



In The Pink

From muted to bright – pink was the colour on the majority of celebs’ lips (and their dresses!) on the Academy Awards red carpet. Emilia Clarke set off her beautiful glittery lilac gown with a bright but wearable pink lip – try Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Hot Pink (£20.25 at John Lewis), which would be just as beautiful for daytime. Another bolder pink lip that looked so great was Angela Bassett’s purple-pink shade – try Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in the super cool shade Chill (£22.50 at John Lewis).



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Sparkle + Shine

Award shows are all about glittering trophies, so no wonder glittery metallic shades of  eyeshadow were seen at the Oscars on everyone from Melissa McCarthy and Jennifer Lopez, to Zoe Kravitz’s amazing gold liner at the Vanity Fair afterparty. Lottie London’s palettes (£5 at ASOS) are fantastic for blending a few glittery shades to make your own, while Stila’s Magnificent Metal Liquid Eyeshadows (£24 at ASOS) are a little more expensive, but give a heavier effect that you might think is better for a night out than a daytime look. To me though, why not wear glitter for day?! Don’t forget to mist your makeup with a setting spray like L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist (£8.99 from ASOS) to ensure it all stays where you applied it.

Matchy Matchy

Matching was also all the rage! Emma Stone matched her bronzy brown eyeshadow to her dress (and hair colour!) – an easy way to look ‘together’ for day or night. Find a similar shade in the Lottie London palette  (£5 at ASOS). Meanwhile, Laura Harrier chose a pale blue Chanel eyeshadow (£23.40 at John Lewis) that matched her dress and shoes. Lucy Boynton had a big night as her boyfriend Rami Malek thanked her in his Best Actor speech. Her makeup look was a hit for me, she and Gemma Chan both matched their rosy pink lip colours to rosy pink eyeshadows, which looks pretty for day or night. Try mixing a dab of a long-wearing neutral pink matte lipstick – like the brilliant Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Lipsticks (from £8.50 at ASOS) – with lip balm for a your-lips-but-pinker look, and don’t be afraid to try some blush on your eyelids if you don’t own a pinky eyeshadow. If Gemma’s look is your fave, add a clear gloss to your lips for extra shine.



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Side note – Lucy has been known for her bright and brilliant eye looks through the Bohemian Rhapsody press tour, which I’ve loved, though perhaps her makeup artist felt they were a little too out there for a classic event like the Oscars? No reason for you to not be inspired though – for day, try each and every colour in this NYX Brights Palette (£7 at ASOS) with a wet brush to create a bright eyeliner above the top lash line, paired with a nude lip and a grey jumper and jeans. The matching pinks look she wore on Sunday looked stunning too though, with her beautiful bright purple Rodarte dress.

The Classics

No Oscars would be complete without a classic red lip or two! Constance Wu rocked a beautiful deeper red shade, while Charlize Theron offset her new dark brown bob with a brighter orange-based colour. Try Tom Ford’s Lip Lacquer Luxe Matte in Overpower or Jaguar (£40 each at John Lewis). Speaking of the classics, Amandla Stenberg and Gemma Chan also rocked cat eye liner – Benefit’s new Roller Liner (£15.72 at John Lewis) is a great stays-on-all-night product to try. Pair it with a very steady hand or a cotton bud soaked in makeup remover to clean up any wiggles. One final ‘classic’ product that was all over actresses on the red carpet no matter the makeup look? Highlighter! MAC’s Hyper Real Highlighting Palette (£35 at ASOS) has three suits-everyone shades to dust over the top of cheekbones – and collarbones too!



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February 28th 2019 - by @CollectPlus