February 19th, 2014
The crème de la crème of Hollywood and British film poured themselves into The Royal Opera House on Sunday night for one of the most glamorous events in the British calendar – the BAFTAs. The last milestone event before the Oscars in March, MUAs waved their magic brushes to create beauty worthy of such an event. Here at Warpaint, we were (naturally) glued to our screens, and have brought you some of the best looks to be seen on Sunday’s red carpet.
Nude Lips and Dark Eyes
Following on from its popularity at the Golden Globes, a beautiful nude lip featured heavily in a lot of the looks this year, paired with a subtle smoky eye or strong, slick black eyeliner. Queen of this particular trend was, of course, the radiant Angelina Jolie, whose dramatic false lashes and smoked-out eye was balanced perfectly with her cat-got-the-cream smile and the barest hint of peachy-pink in her nude, glossy lip colour.
Shehla Shaikh, the head MUA of the Lancôme BAFTA team, knows the look well. “Every single star I do asks for smoky eye, it’s like the BAFTA look,” she jokes. Lancôme has been the official make-up partner of the BAFTAs for over a decade, with many of this year’s actresses being helped by Shehla and her team to transform into red carpet butterflies.
Other actresses who followed Angelina’s example included Uma Thurman, where Kelly Cornwall used Lancôme to pair her pale lips with gunmetal and silver tones on the eyes, and Lily Allen, who preferred a dramatic winged liner look to match her dramatic Vivienne Westwood gown. Naomi Harris wowed with striking, black-rimmed eyes and a pink lip, which bore a touch of Radiant Orchid about it, bringing her classic look bang up to date. Léa Seydoux added a twist to her own smoky eye with shades of navy blue.
Gillian Anderson, Olga Kurylenko and Josephine de la Baume also hopped aboard this trend train, which looks like it has plenty of steam in it if the looks at LFW are anything to judge by. Check out our Nude Lips feature for the best picks available at the moment.
Early Summer Brights
If there is one woman who we have been learning to look forward to on the red carpet this season, it has been the radiant Lupita Nyong’o. While 12 Years a Slave may have been her first starring role, her confident and vibrant red carpet looks have impressed us with each appearance she has made. Her iridescent green eyes matched her silk Dior gown, and her lips were enhanced with a beautiful cherry red. Kay Montano was the MUA behind the look, using Lancôme Air de Teint to perfect Lupita’s skin and their Hypnôse Doll Eyes palette in D03 Menthe a l’O to create the bold, bright eye. “Having a fearless actress who loves colour is a dream job for a make-up artist,” Kay said of working with Lupita.
Also embracing summer shades despite the recent weather was Maggie Gyllenhaal. Polly Osmond used a beautifully bright blue-toned red lipstick by Lancôme which lit up her face, paired with warming blush and plenty of black mascara.
Ahead of the Trend
Two ladies stood out on Sunday from the multitude of smoky eye/nude lip combos. Step forward Fearne Cotton and Amy Adams, who both wore looks fresh off the runways of London and New York fashion weeks.
Amy Adams’ glossy, burgundy-plum lip could have come straight from the runway of Matthew Williamson’s LFW show. A great winter look, Amy’s fair skin was warmed with bronzer and a touch of deep blush. Plenty of black mascara but no eyeliner kept the look from becoming too heavy.
Fearne Cotton, on the other hand, looked to NYFW for inspiration. Her MUA was Justine Jenkins, who created a sparkly copper eye, similar to Rodarte’s look from their AW14 collection. Justine paired this with equally warming, but softer, peachy pink on the lips and cheek. “To compliment Fearne’s dress, I wanted her make-up to have the feel of old school glamour with a modern twist,” Justine explained.
She used Hourglass’s Veil Mineral Primer and Veil Fluid Foundation, set with Bare Minerals Mineral Veil powder on the T Zone. “To help the eye make-up last all night, I used Trish McEvoy eye base over the lid then placed Stila’s Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Comex Copper over her lid, into the socket and on the lower lash line,” said Justine. “To define the eyes, I smudged Smashbox Waterproof Kohl eyeliner in Sumatra into the lash line. A generous application of Bare Minerals Lash Domination in Black, Smashbox Brow Tech to Go in Taupe to fill in brows, and Ardell individual lashes finished the eyes. After dusting Fearne’s cheeks with Trish McEvoy’s Natural Rose Blush, I highlighted her cheekbones with the Illuminating Cream Palette.”
Also borrowing one of the hottest A/W14 trends, the ‘no make-up’ make-up, were natural beauties Samantha Barks and Cate Blanchett. To complement Samantha’s simple pale gown, her glowing, flawless skin was equally unassuming yet beautiful. The Lancôme team smoothed her skin to perfection, dusted delicate peach blush along her cheeks and framed her eyes with dark lashes while leaving her lips buff.
Cate isn’t normally one for experimenting with make-up, choosing to let her natural beauty shine through. Immaculate brows and a peachy lip were the only obvious signs of a MUA at work, with her pale skin again only touched by peach blusher. Mascara and subtle contouring with brown shadow kept her eyes simple and natural.