I absolutely adore awards season. To me, watching red carpet arrivals is akin to people-watching at an airport where only most gorgeous and well-coiffed travelers are granted entrance. As you’re probably aware, starlets roll up to the red carpet looking as stunning (or at least, as interesting … Helena Bonham Carter , anyone?) as they do because, well, they have the luxury of their own personal glam squads, not to mention HOURS—even days—to get ready for the big night. Most of us don’t have a beauty staff at our disposal, which is kind of a bummer. But thankfully, we DO have the insight of celebrity makeup artists to consider when primping for a hot date or a GNO. Are you going out with your friends tonight? If you are, why not spend a little extra time on your face to recreate the look makeup artist Brett Freedman gave Catherine Zeta Jones at this year’s Golden Globes? For your inspiration, a how-to:
1. Showing skin? Freedman prepped Zeta Jones’ skin with Dermalogica Ultra Rich Body Cream (if you haven’t tried it, I can assure you it’s AWESOME) for suppleness before using a product with a touch of shimmer to impart a warm, natural glow.
2. Use a natural-looking foundation that matches your skin exactly. Because Zeta Jones arrived on the red carpet during the light hours, Freedman opted for one with an SPF—always a smart move.
3. Nix any under eye discoloration with a little concealer, dabbed on the lids and the inner corners of your peepers. Finish your base with a dusting of translucent powder, which will take care of unwanted shine without leaving a cakey look.
4. Use a highlighter at the tops of your cheekbones and brow bones. This will create a candlelit glow and make your features really pop without being obvious. Freedman used Jemma Kidd Make Up School Highligher in Champagne .
5. Create defined brows with a brow pencil, then use a neutral shadow all over your lids. Line your eyes all the way around with a black kohl pencil, and using a subtle, smoky green-tinged shade (more moss than key lime), accentuate your crease and wing out slightly. Don’t forget the mascara—Freedman says he used 5 coats, curling before and between each coat! He also cut strips of fake lashes in half, gluing them to the outer corners of Zeta Jones’ eyes.
A final word of advice: When you’re packing your clutch for the evening, you’ll probably include a compact and lip gloss for touch-ups. Bring the eyeliner too!