7 red-carpet beauty hacks that will transform your look, according to experts

  • Fri,15 Mar 2019 10:39:40 AM

Peruse pictures of the stunning hair and make-up looks from the recent glut of glitzy awards ceremonies, and it’s easy to think there’s no way us mere mortals could ever have the same glowy skin, doll-like eyes and perfect hair as the A-list.

Just because you don’t have a hair stylist and make-up artist at your beck and call, doesn’t mean you can’t achieve celeb-worthy glam at home, however.

Margot Robbie attending the after show party for the EE British Academy Film Awards
Margot Robbie attending the after show party for the EE British Academy Film Awards (Jonathan Brady/PA)

We spoke to industry insiders, who share their top tips for red carpet gorgeousness – no glam squad required.

From the latest lip trend to the perfect elegant ponytail, here are seven easy but amazing hair and make-up hacks from the pros…

Brit Awards 2019 – Arrivals – London
Winnie Harlow attending the Brit Awards 2019 at the O2 Arena, London (Ian West/PA)

1. Lacquer your lips

Matte lippie has ruled the red carpet for years, but now, lip lacquers are having a moment. Unlike gloopy glosses, a lacquer offers colour and shine without the stickiness, giving you fuller-looking lips.

Dua Lipa attending the Brit Awards 2019
Dua Lipa attending the Brit Awards 2019 (Ian West/PA)

At the Brit Awards, Charlotte Tilbury’s new Latex Love was a make-up artist favourite. Dua Lipa’s shade, Berry Nude, looked gorgeous with her pink eye look.

Charlotte Tilbury Latex Love Berry Nude
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Charlotte Tilbury Latex Love in Berry Nude, £24

2. Don’t overdo it

A bold lip can look amazing when you’re getting glammed up, but it’s important to tone down the rest of your make-up, as demonstrated by Lily Collins at the Baftas, who wore Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Matte lipstick in Berry Noir.

Lily Collins attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards
Lily Collins attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“Due to her strong lip colour, the rest of her face has to be softened,” says Karin Darnell, celebrity make-up artist.

“Therefore, she has applied soft blusher and shimmer to her cheeks and eyes to do this.”

Complement a dark lip with jet black mascara, Darnell advises. “Her lashes are long and spidery, enhancing a softer look, but keeping the eyes wide open. The look is perfect!”

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Matte in Berry Noir
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Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Matte in Berry Noir, £27

3. Illuminate your eyes

Love the smoky-eye look but think it makes your eyes look smaller? Add a metallic shadow to create an illuminated doll-eye, like Suki Waterhouse’s Brits make-up, which was created by Sofia Tilbury, senior lead artist at Charlotte Tilbury.

Suki Waterhouse attending the Brit Awards 2019 (Ian West/PA)

Jean, a champagne cream shadow, was used as the base colour, then the metallic shades of the Bigger Brighter Eyes Exagger-eyes palette were mixed on top to create a shimmering finish.

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Jean
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Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Jean, £22

Charlotte Tilbury Bigger Brighter Eyes Exagger-eyes
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Charlotte Tilbury Bigger Brighter Eyes Exagger-eyes, £39

4. Lift your lashes

If you’ve never used false eyelashes before, you’ll be amazed at the difference they make – just ask red carpet regulars Little Mix, who have created a range of lashes as part of their LMX beauty range.

Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix with their Best British Video Brit Award in the press room at the Brit Awards 2019
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix with their Best British Video Brit Award at the Brit Awards 2019 (Ian West/PA)

Our pro tip for making sure they stay in place? Before you apply the glue, hold the lash at each end and bend the band a few times so it’s less rigid, and won’t lift at the corners.

Little Mix LMX On Duty Volume Lashes
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Little Mix LMX On Duty Volume Lashes, £3.95 (were £5.95), Superdrug

5. Try half-way hair

Can’t decide whether to have your hair up or down for a party? Take your cue from Claire Foy, whose Baftas half-up ‘do was created by Ben Skervin for Moroccanoil.

Claire Foy attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards
Claire Foy attending the British Academy Film Awards (Jonathan Brady/PA)

To create the slightly undone texture, after blow-drying, Skervin applied Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray through the hair and used a medium barrel tong to put a bend in the hair.

He pulled the upper section of hair back, pinned it just above the occipital bone (the bone which forms the back and base of the skull) and finished with a generous spritz of hair spray.

Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray
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Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray, £17.45, FeelUnique

Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Extra Strong
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Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Extra Strong, £17.25, FeelUnique

6. Perfect your pony

Simple but elegant, Amy Adams’s Bafta ponytail was the perfect complement to her Prada gown.

Amy Adams attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards
Amy Adams at the British Academy Film Awards (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“When creating the perfect ponytail, prepping the hair is so important,” says Carly Price, partner for Muse of London. “Dry shampoos – and texture sprays in particular – are great for giving the hair some grip prior to styling into a ponytail.”

Once your pony is in place, don’t be tempted to overload it with hair spray, Price warns.

“For a more slicked-back and polished look like Amy’s, once you have put your ponytail into place, use a gel, serum or shine spray on the hair to tame any flyaways and give it a sleeker look.”

Naturtint Dry Shampoo
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Naturtint Dry Shampoo, £9.99, Holland & Barrett

Percy & Reed Tame That Mane Smoothing Styling Cream
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Percy & Reed Tame That Mane Smoothing Styling Cream, £17

7. Don’t forget the finishing touch

Want to fake that ‘I’ve just been for a facial’ glow? Then a dusting of light-reflecting finishing powder is what you need.

Celebrity make-up artist Pati Dubroff swears by Japanese brand Sensai’s Translucent Loose Powder, which is responsible for Margot Robbie’s luminescent skin on the Bafta red carpet.

Margot Robbie attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards
Margot Robbie attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“It’s incredible,” Dubroff says of the powder. “You can’t get it in the ‘States, but you guys are lucky over here.”

Apply it with a soft brush on the T-zone to take away shine and leave an angelic glow.

Sensai Translucent Loose Powder
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Sensai Translucent Loose Powder, £35.10, AllBeauty

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