I can say this with absolute certainty: I never, ever expected that I would ever be doing actual red carpet makeup on myself.
Soooooooo, to prep for the Emmys this year, I asked LA-based makeup artist and all-around-nice-gal Vanessa Haro for some of her best red carpet makeup tips.
Vanessa has done makeup for the Oscars, for photo shoots in magazines, and for gajillions (I don’t know if that’s an actual number…) of brides in the So Cal area.
She also glams up some of the seriously sexiest models in LA — and those girls have butts — swear to gawd — that make me want to do squats every hour for the rest of my life. LOL!
TMI, but it’s so true.
So yeah, girlfriend is busy.
Anywho, before the show I told her, as calmly as possible, that I was kind of freaking out about my Emmys makeup situation. I couldn’t figure out what to do, and she was kind enough to help.
Here are four of Vanessa’s top black-tie/formal/gala extravaganza makeup tips.
1. Grab your mattes
“Red carpets need makeup to be a little heavier than normal, but no glitter/shimmer on the face. It tends to look cray. I use mostly neutral matte shadows and matte peachy blush with matte peachy bronzers.”
2. Place shimmer strategically
“Highlighter should be very soft. If you can, get your hands on Kohgendo’s Liquid Illuminator in Beige. It looks beautiful above the cheekbones, on the inner corners of the eyes, and right along the Cupid’s bow. Or, try a very finely milled powder — the BECCA ones applied very lightly may work. For the eyes, I add a touch of pearl finish shadow right on the lid, keeping it closer to the lash line and maybe a teeny bit of shimmery eye shadow along the outer part of the crease.”
3. Go a few shades deeper for lips
“I try to keep lips a few shades deeper than the natural tone with a bit of gloss right in the center.”
4. Turn up those lashes
“Go a little heavier on the lashes and mascara.”
If you’d like to check out Vanessa’s work (it is AMAZING!), or perhaps get in touch with her to book her for an event, contact her by Instagram at @MakeupbyNessa or through Facebook at Beauty By Vanessa Haro.
Better hurry, though — she books up fast! I actually wanted to hire her to do my makeup, but she’d already had commitments. Next time, Nessa!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Good morning! I’m rising and shining over here. Wasn’t last night fun? I hope you enjoyed hanging out. Who knows when we’ll be able to come back to the Emmys.
I think the whole live-blogging thing worked out pretty well, too. I’m surprised the show peeps allowed camera phones in the audience. I don’t know why… I just didn’t know what to expect. They didn’t, however, allow regular full-size cameras (shoot). Just smartphones.
My flight back to the Bay leaves in a few hours, so I’m packing up and getting ready right now. Tabs and I (you knew he came along, right?) should be home around 2.
Have a great day, my friend. Talk to you soon.
P.P.S. Here’s another shot of my makeup from last night…