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!