Last week we were treated to a double-whammy of award show glamour with the Baftas and the Grammys. February is a peak time for formals, galas and other ceremonies, so here is how you can get red carpet-ready without the A-list price tag.
First up, primer. Whether you are a Grammy Award nominee or a girl going to a formal, your needs and expectations are pretty similar with regards to your primer in that you want to ensure that it lasts all day.
For this I adore using Make Up For Ever Mattifying Primer (£25.50, Make Up Pro Store and Debenhams, Belfast).This is the most amazing mattifying primer for oily skin types. We also find that this product gives you the staying power to make it right through to midnight.
Next up, for a stronger, full-coverage finish, I love Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation (£32 for 35ml, CultBeauty.co.uk).
This high-definition oil-free, lightweight foundation is perfect for normal to oily skin types and has a long-lasting matte finish formula packed with perfecting, blemish-blurring pigments to keep your face looking faultless. It is also super-pigmented, so apply in small amounts as a little really will go a long way.
To ensure your make-up lasts the whole night, add a loose powder to give you an extra layer of setting - try NYX Cant Stop Wont Stop Loose Powder (£12, Superdrug).
This powder is an extremely lightweight, sheer and silky setting powder that has a unique light-reflecting ingredient that creates a soft-focus appearance for fine lines and imperfections. The oil-free powder sets make-up to prolong wear, leaving a natural look without appearing cakey.
It is widely thought that cream contour is the only way that a dramatic contour can be built up, but this could not be further from the truth. The perfect tone of bronzer can create a natural or dramatic bronze to the skin that a cream can often miss.
To create this, I love using Make up Studio Bronzer in shade M3 (£27.50, Make Up Pro Store). It is a compact earth powder, which means it matches beautifully to the shade and depth of colour you want to achieve, and I could literally not do make-up without it.
For night-time glamour, I use a peach blusher as it adds a gentle pop of colour to the cheeks and has a warm undertone, so it complements anyone wearing tan or whose complexion is warmer.
For this I love Sleek Blusher in shade 'Life's a Peach' (£4.99) - it's highly pigmented and long-lasting, giving you an all-over glow. Life's a Peach is a pastel orange ideal for all skin tones and offers a sheer matte finish.
For a smoky night-time eye look, I would choose Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice Collection (£42). It is only available in Harvey Nichols stores or online, but it really is worth the hassle.
The Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette combines everything you need to take you from hot steamy days to sultry, smoky nights, including 16 richly pigmented shades. These shadows are so rich and have a velvety-smooth texture which blends like a dream.
For a night-time look, the go-to tones are usually strong red/plum or nudes. However, for this look I am going to choose a nude combination. My combo for a night-time nude lip look is Make-Up Studio UK Barely Nude Lip Paint (£16.50) and Make-up Studio UK No.5 Lip Liner (£10). As a rule, nude lips look best when the colour is one shade lighter or darker than your complexion.
For fair, milky skin, soft, dusty pinks and rose gold will give you some much-needed warmth, while sheer formulas will keep things looking natural. Olive complexions are best matched to deep honey and caramel tones with a shimmering finish to bring out the sun-kissed look. And darker skin tones are flattered perfectly by toffee hues and a swipe of metallic, bronzy brown.
1. Remember, more product does not always mean better. Less product built up can be just as beautiful and last as long when blended perfectly.
2. Always use a setting spray - this will set the final make-up look and seal the product in place to last all day.
3. Add false lashes to create a glamorous, eye-catching look.
4. Use a compact pressed powder if you have areas prone to shine.
5. Always have your lip colour on you for touch-ups - eating, drinking, talking etc is enough to put any matte lip to the test.