Oscars 2018: How to get a red-carpet beauty look

Let’s be real.. Most of us walk on sidewalks instead of awards-show red carpets. We sit in cubicles instead of front rows. All that aside, I think we should still look as flawless for work and play as the celebrities who are always the centre of attention. You never know what’s (who’s) around the corner…

I’ve been covering red carpet fashion and beauty for over 8 years now so naturally, when it comes to the Academy Awards, I’ve been always glued to the live television coverage. This year’s Oscars were much more personal to me because it’s one awards gathering I experienced recently first-hand. What a  dream come true! Once I had the dress picked, my shoes and accessories sorted and a hairstylist booked, the next thing to check off my list was my make-up. When it comes to my everyday beauty routine, I’m a minimalist kind of girl. I knew I had to step up my game, yet still stay true to myself. I wanted to enhance my beauty not to hide it, and I think I was able to achieve that.

Whether you like wearing makeup or don’t have time for it, or just want to step it up a little bit– here are some tips and tricks to looking a little more put together and up-ing your beauty game with minimal effort!

Once the skin is properly prepped, apply STILA Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer. You’ll be looking selfie-ready with this lightweight, high-definition, oil-free foundation that perfects the skin with buildable coverage and a matte finish. It contains Stila’s proprietary Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex with 15 vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Hidden inside the cap is a creamy, full-coverage concealer that blends seamlessly to instantly neutralize dark circles and hide imperfections.

Make your eyes pop with kaleidoscope colours and high intensity formula. Yves Saint Laurent Pop Illusion Eye Palette (limited edition) features five iridescent shades: three blue hues, a solar yellow gold highlighter and a dreamy pink accent. The shades contrast, clash or complement according to how they’re played out: solar gold becomes a highlighter, the blues, both light and dark, add a dreamlike quality while the rose-pink is a gentle nod to sensuality.

We all want those long lush lashes, but only the best mascaras can get the job done. With just one coat of STILA HUGE™ Extreme Lash Mascara, you instantly get major volume, length, curl, lift and intense black colour. Go as bold as you want! Even with multiple coats, this flexible, buildable formula leaves lashes soft with no clumps, flakes, or fall out.

Highlighter is just as important as foundation in that it delivers luminosity and brightening qualities that can completely transform your complexion. I like STILA Heaven’s Hue because it lasts all freaking day. Bouncy-to-the-touch, this radiance-enhancing highlighter melts into skin for a barely-there feel.  No matter what your skin tone may be, it will be completely clear but incredibly dewy.

Great lips can really set off your style. It’s one of the few products that can finish a look, or be a look all on its own. Dress up your lips with the Yves Saint Laurent Pop Illusion Lip Palette in five rich shades ranging from pinks to nudes, all with a creamy, easy-to-apply formula. I also used this limited-edition on my cheeks to add colour to my face. The bright pink colour is killer and even the slightest application gives you a healthy flush.


This post was done in partnership with YSL Beauty and STILA. All comments and opinions are my own.

By Barbora

Slovakia-born, Toronto-dwelling fashion lover. A fashion consultant, freelance writer, red carpet reporter and the creator behind ChiChi.