Monday, September 21, 2009

How to Look Gorgeous at the Emmy Awards with Bruce Grayson

I was thrilled to talk with makeup artist Bruce Grayson about getting Emmy Award looking fabulous. Bruce is super friendly, open and warm. I hope to meet you in person one day soon, Bruce!

We started off by swapping Inauguration 2009 stories and quickly moved on to the Emmy Awards which were held last night. Bruce spent yesterday at private appointments around L.A. with his celebrity clients then to the Emmy's where he worked non-stop until the wee hours.

Below are the recommendations he makes for his clients on the red carpet and for each of us--not only on special occasions--but everyday. I'm especially excited about the specific color recommendations Bruce gave for great red lips from budget to lux.

Prep your skin with a good moisturizer. Your makeup will wear better and look more natural. Bruce swears by Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream which hydrates and restores volume to your skin. Once your skin is primed, use a tinted moisturizer for light coverage.

Highlight one feature
Choose one of your features to highlight: eyes, lips, eyebrows, even perfect skin can be your best feature. Just don't do all of them at once, you'll look like you're trying to hard.

Red Lips
The red lip is not only big for fall; but is a true piece of Hollywood red carpet lore. Try Dolce & Gabbana's Iconic lipstick, Lancome's L'Absolu Rouge or CoverGirl's Incredifull in Maximum Red.

Great looking lashes go with red lips. Use two different mascaras (one defining, one volumizing), always use your lash curler beforehand and again after. Looking for a budget mascara that has a great impact? Bruce recommends CoverGirl LashBlast because it adds tons of length and volume to lashes.

Blue Liner
Blue liner may be big for fall also; however use it judiciously, because not everyone can pull it off. It looks best with brown and hazel eyes. Lean toward a navy blue that's easier to wear than an aqua.

Preparing for the big event
If you have a big event coming up (hello, Anne's wedding!), start prepping your skin weeks before the event. Eat well, rest, and drink lots of water. Keep your bangs cut and have your hair color done and get a facial the week or so beforehand.

Up and coming
Bruce tells us to keep an eye on January Jones who has a great look and is very versatile. She'll be everywhere in the next couple of years.

Did you have a favorite celeb at the Emmy's this year? Anne's was Blake Lively with her sexy plunging red Versace dress and long, high braid which was age appropriate and sophisticated at the same time. Hope's fave was Leighton Meester with her gorge red lips (and matching bag), glowing skin, wavy updo, and draping white gown.

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