We are pretty excited about the BAFTA's this Sunday. Those dresses, the jewellery, it's all pretty wonderful isn't it? There's lots of chat at Grazia Towers about who is set to swoop the award for best actress (we're hoping for Jessica Chastain) and even more talk over the Rising Star Award (surely Juno Temple?). In anticipation of the big day on Sunday, we headed down to the BAFTA suite at The Savoy Hotel to talk all things hair and makeup with none other than Lancome's Makeup Artist Ambassador, Alex Babsky, and king of hair, Charles Worthington.
Lancome's Top 5 Red Carpet Beauty Tips:
First up was a one-to-one with Alex who explained that most people go for a strong eye over a punchy lip for BAFTA because the maintenance is much less. Although having said that, in the last few years there's seems to have been a growing trend for people wearing a bright red or pink lip. As Alex applied the genius new Lancome Visionnaire Foundation to our skin, he gave us a few winning beauty tips to take home with us too.
1. "Don't go too dark for the red carpet - you need to wear the makeup rather than the makeup wearing you." (Confused by this? Just think of Rachel Zoe's makeup faux-pas at this year's Golden Globes.)
2. "The main thing is to be sure that the makeup will stay in place so for me it's all about spending time on the application - It's not like editorial work where you can touch it up or Photoshop things out, the BAFTA makeup has to be absolutely perfect. Always allow more time than usual too."
3. "Spend time on your skin prep - massage and cleanse the skin really well so that it's looks awake and fresh before the makeup goes on."
4. "The number one clutch bag essential for BAFTA is a good pressed powder such as Lancome Color Ideal Poudre, £23 - With all the flash photography you simply can't afford to look shiny so use this to touch up greasy areas and the T-zone."
5. "The most popular lip shade for BAFTA is always a couple of shades darker than your natural colour as it shows up well in photos and prevents your face from looking washed out. My favourite is Lancome L'Absolu Rouge in 012 Rose Nuance, £22"
Amanda Seyfried at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, January 2013
Charles Worthington's Top 5 Red Carpet Hair Tips:
Next we caught up with the king of coiffure himself, Charles Worthington. What he doesn't know about hair frankly isn't worth knowing and with lots of A-list requests and a few pre-red carpet diva moments, who better to talk to that Charles.
1. "Always put some kind of prep into the hair to give it essential volume before you've styled it - I find that putting mousse into dry hair works best as it's far more concentrated and I follow this with a blast of the hair dryer to ensure hair is fully dried. The 60 Second Colour Boosting Masque, £15, is very popular before BAFTA too."
2. "Celebrities more often than not ask for suggestions with their hair because they're never sure what to go for - they're used to people making decisions for them so l always get called in at the last minute to suggest either a fabulous up-do or simple straight down look."
3. "The dress a celebrity has chosen to wear plays a big part in how the hair will look - if it's a strapless number then it might be nice to do an up-do to accentuate their collar bones and décolletage and if it's a very OTT dress they might prefer to keep their haiur more on the natural side to balance the look. You have to address all aspects of their look."
4. "For the BAFTA's it's about 50/50 between up-do's and hair down. If someone is known for their long, flowing hair then they often want to keep it loose but lots of A-listers want to make a real statement with their look and do something different. Sometimes I have to gear hair towards the weather (it's London after all) - if someone has fine hair it's not ideal to give them a delicate, fine style so I always suggest something more substantial that will hold better."
5. "It used to be the case that A-listers would wash their hair the day before a big event because we didn't have all the amazing products, but nowadays we can create day old hair with the sprays and serums we use. I always prefer freshly washed hair to work on! Endurance is key for the BAFTA's. A-list hair has to last all night so I make sure I use much more Hair Spray, £5.19"
The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 10th February 2013 and will be shown on BBC One.