by Taryn Davies |
We're in the middle of Awards season and the competition for best dressed is only going to get more fierce, especially with the Oscars still to go.
But it's not only the dress that the stars need to be worrying about, they also have to consider their accessories, hair and beauty.
Imagine all of the flashing lights and you're sporting a huge spot on your face - that's not going to go down with the critics and all of the eyes watching.
Mark Woolley, celebrity stylist to Sienna Miller and Palona Faith, shares his three commandments for red carpet hair:
(Yes, we can look like a star too)
1. Great hair starts with good foundations so it is vital to focus on preparation. For hair that looks and feels luxurious from the inside out, you need a miracle product that de-frizzes effectively yet doesn’t leave behind any residue. Electric Smoothing Cream (£17, electric-hair.com) combats unruly locks yet disappears into the hair when styling so you are left with lightweight, ultra-smooth, shiny and bouncy results.
2. Never underestimate the power of a good hair tool. Whether you want luxuriously smooth hair or bountiful curls, the Denman Head Hugger Brush (various sizes, electric-hair.com) is the do-it-all brush. Hold the hair taut so it sits along the ceramic-coated barrel of the brush and glide it through as you blow dry for kink-free hair or wrap small sections of hair around the barrel as you blow dry for gorgeous, natural-looking waves.
3. Don’t be out-shone on the red carpet. Applying some L’Oreal Professionnel Crystal Gloss (£9.10, electric-hair.com) onto any finished hair style will add a gorgeous veil of long-lasting shine. The compact size means you can touch up with an extra blast whenever the occasion arises.
Tina Richards, skincare and anti-ageing experts shares her top tips to make sure that your skin is glowing and healthy, just like a celebrities:
Using a good mineral based sunscreen containing micronised zinc oxide as a primer under make-up. Suntegrity All Natural Moisturising Face Protection SPF30 is the best light reflector under make-up, including around the eyes, a great primer and makes you look younger. It works better than most light reflective primers and BB creams at giving you a line-free youthful look.
Increase your daily intake of essential fatty acids to fortify your skin's barrier to hold moisture within for plumper softer, smoother and less sensitive skin. Eat unsalted nuts, avocados and add ground seeds to your porridge. A Krups coffee and spice grinder can be used every morning to grind a mix of flax, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds. These foods are also rich in vitamins and minerals and fabulous for your skin.
Use the Tua Spa facial gadget to maximize your skincare regime three times a week and on the day of an event for polished, prepped and firmer skin that perfects make-up application and gives a luminous youthful look to your skin that glows.
Apply a moisture mask that you can also use around the eye area two to three times a week. Try Clarins Hydra Quench Cream mask or Beauty Flash Balm. Massage the mask into your skin with the Tua Spa sonic slow micro-massage program for two minutes and leave on for 20 minutes. Remove from the face with a cotton muslin cloth wrung out in hand hot water and from your eye area with cotton pads. Rinse face with tepid water, pat dry and moisturise.
Use a good mineral based sunscreen containing micronised zinc oxide as a primer under make-up. Suntegrity All Natural Moisturising Face Protection SPF30 is the best light reflector under make-up, including around the eyes, a great primer and makes you look younger. It works better than most light reflective primers and BB creams at giving you a line-free youthful look.
If you have truly dry skin, it can be prone to flaking in winter and spring as it flakes and may be too sensitive for scrubs. Give yourself a gentle peel at home using Tua Spa's sonic fast peel program. Or use a gentle fruit acid home facial peel (try REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask) to remove dead skin cells. After your peel follow with a moisture mask as above and moisturise, moisturise, moisturise daily!
Don't let winter peely lips spoil your look. Buff your lips so that they are baby soft with a damp cotton muslin cloth wrapped around your index finger then apply lip balm. Good options are Liz Earle muslin cloths which come in a pack of 14 (machine washable and great for the face too) and Nivea Essential Care lip balm enriched with, precious jojoba oil and natural shea butter.
Carry Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat in your bag. It dries in seconds and allows you, with a quick trip to the powder room, to speedily refresh the gloss to your manicure before a big event or evening.
Follow the balance rule when it comes to sweets and treats and your skin will be clear from breakouts, redness and puffiness for your big events and parties. Indulge in a little of what you fancy, but also enjoy delicious refreshing seasonal fruits such as clementines, loaded with vitamin C and your skin will forgive you. Keep to a couple of glasses of red wine (which contains the antioxidant resveratrol) with food - any more will age your skin. Remember to have some water. Aim for 80 per cent daily but at parties realistically shoot for 60:40.
Moisturisers containing shea butter, natural plant oils such as olive oil or ceramide are best for dry skin in winter to fortify skin cells' protective outer barrier to keep water in the skin so it looks plumped and youthful. Spend an extra minute massaging it into face, neck and décolleté, remembering the back of your hands also. Liz Earle's Superskin Moisturiser uses shea butter and is excellent for dry skin.
It’s tempting to stay up late if you’re having a really good time, but if you have a flurry of important events and parties to attend and want to look your best, it’s key to get enough sleep (seven to eight hours) as this is when skin cells repair themselves.