8 Red Carpet Beauty Looks You Can Actually Do Yourself
Red carpet beauty isn’t exactly known for its simplicity. It is, however, an endlessly fun source of inspiration. And in reality, you can actually pull it off if you follow basic instructions. Here, a few pro tips to achieving some of our favorite award-winning looks at home.
Adele at the Grammys
Layer a shimmery peach or champagne shadow under any darker shades of eye makeup to add warmth and dimension to your lids. Bonus: The flecks of shimmer have a brightening effect that makes you look more awake. It sounds weird, but trust us (and Adele) on this.
Janelle Monae at the Oscars
Janelle Monae's brows are a thing of legend, people. But good genes aside, we're told she uses a brow powder (to fill in and darken the color of her natural hairs), followed by brow mascara (to set everything in place).
Carrie Underwood at the Grammys
Liven up a typical brown smoky eye by adding a sliver of gold shadow along your lash lines like Carrie here. A generous coat (or three) of mascara doesn’t hurt either.
Viola Davis at the Oscars
In the spirit of adding metallics, swap your go-to nude lipstick for a swipe of gold gloss instead. Extra points if it’s paired with the aforementioned gilded lids and fluttery lashes like Viola here.
Emma Stone at the Oscars
Remember when we were obsessed with monochromatic makeup last year? Well, the trend is still going strong. If anything, it’s just been taken up a notch as evidenced by Emma here. Her coppery lid and brick red lip fall within the same color family, but still have enough contrast to keep the look from falling flat.
Gina Rodriguez at the SAG Awards
Still not convinced about matching your makeup? Here’s Gina rocking multiple shades of pink (to utter perfection might we add). Keep the look fresh by varying the textures. For example, sweep a powder shadow across lids, but use a cream on cheeks and lips.
Brie Larson at the Oscars
A case in contrasts, Brie shows that a rumpled ’do and crisp red lips go surprisingly well together. In fact, we dare say they balance each other out. Bottom line: The next time we wake up with bedhead (so, tomorrow), we’re going to whip out our boldest tube of red lipstick and channel our inner Academy Award winner.
Halle Berry at the Oscars
And if you’re lucky enough to have a head full of curls like Halle, let them take center stage (and keep your makeup minimal). Her stylist recommends raking a volumizing mousse through damp ringlets before going in with a diffuser so they dry with more definition and bounce.