We enjoy awards shows as much as the next person (as in: with a bottle of Pinot Grigio), but what we get really excited over is watching our favorite celebs kill it on the red carpet. Looking calm and collected while standing in front of hundreds of screaming fans and blinding flash bulbs is no easy feat, after all. But though we admire them for keeping their cool in this stressful scenario, we also have to credit their behind-the-scenes helpers—the makeup artists and hairstylists who not only make them look so damn good, but also ensure they stay looking that way throughout the night.
With this in mind, we chatted with celeb makeup artist Jake Bailey (he’s worked with everyone from Selena Gomez, Lea Michele, and Katy Perry, whose makeup he did for the VMAs yesterday). With his red carpet expertise, we were sure he’d have a few tricks up his sleeve to share with anyone who’s preparing for their own big event—and sure enough, he delivered.
Keep flipping for five insider tips from Bailey on how to look red-carpet radiant!
When we ask Bailey if there’s anything we should avoid before a big event, he’s gets straight to the point: “Don’t drink alcohol and no salty foods—both cause bloating and bags under [your] eyes.” Putting that bottle of bubbly away now …
To prep his clients’ skin for a big event, Bailey starts with toner to remove debris and freshen their skin, then follows with a lightweight moisturizer. “I love this stuff called Complex 15—it’s available at the drugstore and it’s great for really oily skin. For clients with drier skin, I like to use Kate Somerville’s Deep Tissue Repair ($150).”
“I never skip powder for red carpet,” Bailey says. “A lot of my clients don’t like to wear it, but what looks dewy and fresh in person can look greasy on camera.” He recommends that his clients always give themselves a little pat when getting out of the car, especially down the center of their face.
Pictured: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($34)
Melt-proof makeup is harder to achieve—even harder when thousands of flashbulbs are going off in your face. Bailey says he loves CoverGirl’s Liquiline Blast Eyeliner ($8) because “it stays right where it needs to be and doesn’t transfer to the lower lash line.” He also swears by Urban Decay’s Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray ($30) to help keep everything in place.
When it comes to looking red-carpet ready, Bailey has a few parting words. “I always tell women not to try something new the day of the big event,” he says. “If you want to try anything new, do so beforehand.” He also recommends his clients get a good facial before an event. “You want your makeup to look natural or glamorous, not corrective,” he says. “So getting a facial and taking good care of your skin before the event is the best advice I can give!”
(If you don’t have time to get a facial, give yourself one at home by layering face masks.)
How do you get ready for a big event? Whose look was your favorite as the VMAs last night? Tell us below!
Pictured: Le Mieux Bio Cell + Mask