Steal the Look: Award-Winning Beauty

Take it from someone who had a 3-D view of the Red Carpet…these are a pretty covetable slew of women.

But how can we do this on our own? Is it even possible? Bruce Grayson, Head Make-Up Artist for the 2010 Academy Awards, was kind enough to share some amazing tips. As the lead artist for the Academy Awards, Grayson works with Hollywood’s top talents and is an expert at creating an award-winning look:

Tip #1: Prep Your Skin

It’s important to prep your skin a few days before a big event. In addition to drinking lots of water and eating a healthy diet, the key to glowing skin is following a strict skincare regimen. For pre-event prep, try the Olay Professional Pro-X Intensive Firming Treatment ($62) – this two step kit combines a hydrating mask and tightening serum. Packed with an effective blend of anti-aging ingredients, it works to firm skin by helping restore its natural fullness, elasticity and tension. In just five days skin looks significantly younger and firmer!

Tip #2: Get Glowing

Fabulous makeup starts with a flawless canvas (aka your skin!). To get blemish-free skin, opt for a foundation that delivers the perfect level of pigment, such as the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($59). Using the Giorgio Armani Foundation Brush ($51), apply with short quick strokes and paint your way to complexion perfection.

Tip #3: Get Smoky (Eyes That Is!)

Get sultry, gorgeous eyes by creating a smoky look. First, you want to combat any dark undereye circles with the Olay Regenerist Anti Aging Eye Roller ($22.99). Gently glide the pen under your eyes and voila – puffiness disappears in just 30 seconds and there is an obvious reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Next, use the CoverGirl Smoky Shadow Blast ($7.49), a double-ended stick, available in six luxurious shades. Sweep the rounded end of the shadow all over the lid and use the angled end along the lash line and crease for bold definition

Tip #4: Perk Up Your Cheeks

Add dimension to the face and cheeks with soft blush in a pink or peach shade. If you prefer some shimmer, go with Nars Orgasm ($26). If you prefer no shimmer, try Cargo Catalina ($26). To apply, simply dust the apples of your cheeks with a big, fluffy brush, blending outward toward the hairline

Tip #5: Create Kissable Lips

To get the perfect pout, it’s important to prep the lips with a conditioner. Not only will this hydrate the lips, but it will allow the color to stay longer. Start with Karite Lip Balm ($8.50), an all natural shea butter formula that moisturizes and protects. Next, apply a red lipstick, such as YSL Rouge Volupte in Red Temptation ($34) or a coral shade, like Mac Lipstick in Vegas Volt ($14). To define the lips further, apply a liner, such as Nars Lipliner Pencil in Jungle Red ($20). Set the color in place with a high shine gloss – try Mac Clear Lip Glass ($14) or Nars Lip Gloss in Triple X ($24).


8 Responses to “Steal the Look: Award-Winning Beauty”

  1. 1 carol
    March 11, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Nice tip about the lip conditioner. I have to go buy some, I really never used it.

  2. March 12, 2010 at 10:43 am

    nothing like a bright pink dress to make you feel wonderful!

  3. 3 susan varney
    March 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    pink is in sink with me

  4. March 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I keep seeing the Olay Professional line recommended so I think it’s about time I give it a test run. Also appreciate the lip conditioner tip, have not prepped my lips before applying liner or lipstick so I will be interested in seeing if this improves look & staying power. Mac Clear Lip Glass is my favorite!

  5. 5 Toni
    March 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve been so anxious to try the Nars Orgasm blush! I’ve heard so many positive things about it. And, the Giorgio Armani Foundation Brush is another one that is on my list to try. I completely agree that your skin must be addressed first & foremost. Good skin really does contribute to smoother & more effective makeup application.

  6. March 16, 2010 at 7:17 am

    love the smoky eyes! I think it’s always a plus for glamour!

  7. 7 Holly
    March 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I would love to try Olay Professional Pro-X Intensive Firming Treatment, good idea to prep your skin.

  8. April 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I’ve been trying to do the “smoky eye” look. I think I need to practice some more. I come out looking a bit like a raccoon.

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