Elegant Red Carpet Make Up Look

Cannes…home to the most glamorous of events held on the French Riviera, welcoming the A listers and fabulous for the annual film festival and there is always an opportunity for me to be inspired.  Red carpet make up looks have proved very popular this last couple of weeks with my bridal clients for their upcoming weddings with the classic red lip being an absolute winner, which inspired me to do this look!

For me, Marion Cotillard is the epitome of French elegance, styled to perfection without trying too hard and I absolutely loved her red carpet look for the Premiere of the movie From The Land Of The Moon, so here’s my ‘how to’ look on recreating this stunning and oh so chic make up look.

 iPhone pic, no editing pr airbrushing - just me! iPhone pic, no editing pr airbrushing – just me!

Investing in your skin should be up on that list of priorities as much as what you are wearing which I do encourage my clients and brides to be to take interest.  If you didn’t see my recent blog post on Wash Cloth Love, please do take a few moments to read and I challenge you to try it, you will notice a difference, I promise!

After applying moisturiser and leaving this to settle into the skin, I started with my eyes (I always do this to minimise the risk of worrying about fall down from the shadows and can be cleaned up before going on to the base).

Priming the eye lids with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion helps the shadow stay on the lid for longer, plus I use this on all of my wedding clients and it does not move!

A taupe colour was used on the socket to provide a little more contouring to that area and then Mac Black Traxx was applied to the upper lash line with Louise Young LY25 brush.  TIP – start in the middle to the outer corner of the eye and keep looking back at yourself in the mirror each time – little strokes to perfect that line. Then lashings of mascara or apply a few individual lashes to create some extra fullness.  My brows are stronger and straighter than usual to fit in with how the actress has them.

On the inner corners of the eyes, I applied Mac’s Powersurge pencil to brighten the area and then contoured the cheeks a little with a matt (not shimmery) taupe/light brown powder and a tiny amount of blush on the apples.

To finish the look Chanel’s Rouge Allure Lipstick in Rouge Noir is just perfect, but don’t worry if this is a little heavy or too dark for you, you can tone it down by patting some of the colour onto the lip, making a ‘stain’ or indeed use your own fave lip colour.

For the hair, a strong centre parting was made and spritzed with a styling spray, L’Oreal Professional Techni ART is in my kit and then tied with a hair band.  You could also make this as a deep side parting or leave the hair down, whatever you would like to do will look fabulous!

And you are red carpet ready!  I’d love to see you own looks on social media quote #victoriafarr and i’ll be sure to check it out.

Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Victoria x




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