Red carpet season is kicking off, which means a parade of flawlessly put-together stars sashaying across your TV screen.
To crack the beauty code to their perfect looks, we talked to celebrity makeup artist Kayleen McAdams—sister to actress Rachel McAdams and the pro behind beautiful faces such as Sofía Vergara, Lily Collins, Felicity Jones, Mindy Kaling and Mandy Moore.
She shared her secrets to rocking a red carpet-worthy look, plus her predictions for the beauty trends we'll be seeing this year.
Who always gets it right on the red carpet?
I think Sofia Vergara always gets it right. Her look on the red carpet always conveys her personal style and Columbian roots but is done well. She is such a pleasure to work with because she understands makeup and lighting and what it takes to get red carpet ready. I also think Camilla Belle always has the perfect makeup look. I love her eyebrows, they are the perfect eye framing shape. Whether she does a bold lip, an eye that matches her outfit, or something entirely different, she always nails it.
How can people get that red carpet look at home?
The trick is to use the right type of makeup and brushes. The right brush makes all the difference for achieving every different makeup look. If you choose the right product for your skin tone and apply it with good quality brushes you can achieve that flawless appearance.
Lastly, false lashes are the best trick in a makeup artist's bag. Whether you use just a few individuals, demis or a small strip it makes eyes pop and sparkle.
So which brushes do we need?
If you use foundation chose a synthetic foundation brush. I also think a brow brush is important. Well-groomed brows frame the eye. One of my favourite brushes is a mix of synthetic and natural hair. These are the brushes with white and black bristles combined. They are essential for applying cream blush and liquid bronzer or even foundation. They buff products down to a nice sheen. Get a large eye shadow brush to do basic eye makeup.
What are you most excited to see on the red carpet in 2012?
I am most excited for colored contouring to transition from the runway to the red carpet. Bright oranges, soft purples or vibrant pinks are all flattering on many skin tones and are easy to apply. Using a colorful blush as a contour is going to give the face a pop of color while still giving dimension and definition to the face. It is like using a bronzer, it creates definition and facial structure.
Are there any other runway trends we should be trying at home?
I think glittery eyes will be popular in 2012. Apply shadow with a synthetic brush or your finger, concentrating pigment on the very centre of the eyelid and the inner corners of the eye. Apply a coat, let it dry and then apply another sheer coat to get the right amount of glitter.