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Oscars 2015 – How to Approach Beauty for THE Event of The Year

rosamund pike BAFTASAttending the Oscars:for a nominee, this may well be the pinnacle of  their career and the world is watching. Its also the perfect opportunity for an emerging talent to showcase themselves so putting their best face forward is vital. At the BAFTAS earlier this month, I got to see the nominees firsthand, where Rosamund Pike was a real standout for me. Her skin looked extraordinary, her presence was both commanding and womanly; she completely owned her beauty. Subtle and deft make-up was of course in evidence, but you could tell the ‘canvas’ was in tip-top form.  Getting skin into impeccable condition is a beauty fundamental for every actress – this is not the time for blemishes. So here’s my 12-week timeline to getting the kind of skin that light loves and you can’t take your eyes off. This is a great approach for brides approaching their big day – their own personal red carpet experience.

  • Take a light-handed approach to injectables. This is not the time to try something new. If you get regular treatments, do them well in advance. Many patients like the results of Botox right at the end of their treatment period because they have all the smoothness without any restriction in facial movement. So plan anything like this with military precision, and communicate your timetable clearly with your doctor! We like to know.

  • Peace of mind comes from planning in advance. Most effective skincare ingredients take 2 skin cycles to really make an impact so start radiance- delivering products containing retinoids and niacinamide (an amazing combination that work in synergy, making retinoids easier to tolerate) a minimum of 2 months beforehand.

  • Get problem skin under control. You will undoubtedly start to feel stressed as you enter the last few weeks when pressing issues like dress fittings start to infiltrate every waking thought so ensure your skin stays calm under pressure with gentle but effective azelaic acid – a fantastic multi-tasker that calms blemishes, but also works on clogged pores, dark marks and redness.

  • As the big night approaches focus on hydration. Skin acts like a mirror, reflecting light, when its water content is optimal; so this is key. One of the best ways to do this is with an occlusive paper face mask, one of my favourite quick fixes for lackluster skin. They feel like a proper treatment but with much less risk than a facial. This is ideal for the last 3 nights, as it makes sense to discontinue any more potent actives at this point to avoid any pesky dry patches from irritation.

  • On the day, keep it simple. The hard work is over. Use a non-foaming cleanser and a hydrating moisturiser and that’s it; no scrubs, brushes or other possible irritants. Your skin likes it calm. Keep make-up textures sheer, glossy and allow the beauty of your skin in its best possible natural state to be displayed – skin looks its best when it looks like skin. Then go forth and shine like the star you are, remembering to actually enjoy your moment in the spotlight.

BAFTA Beauty-Ready For Your Close-up?

It’s a fascinating spectacle and one I never tire of watching- the nominees bask in the approbation of their adoring public as they glide down the red carpet and receive recognition for their endeavours. And of course the BAFTAs are so much more important, now that they precede the Oscars and are a strategic prequel to the glamour of London Fashion Week.

This years’ best actress line-up is a curiously diverse one, from an aesthetic perspective. Relative unknown Berenice Bejo is a delicious beauty of Argentinian/French extraction (such a winning combination, genetically speaking)-and is a superb example of how women in their 30’s are peaking professionally, even in the fickle world of film. What does she need to get red-carpet ready? Her complexion best suits hair colour in the more chocolate-y end of the spectrum, rather than the copper tones she sported to the Oscar nominees lunch. So much more chic. She has the delicacy of Marion Cotillard-so needs to keep that complexion crystal-clear with skin brighteners, to avoid pigmentation issues. Her Argentinian heritage may well put her at risk of an uneven skin-tone. Her go-to product: La Roche Posay Pigment Control.

Tilda Swinton is at the opposite end of the spectrum. This cerebral beauty (she went to my college at Cambridge University) has the most elegant, alabaster skin. Inconceivable that she would sully it with fake-tan-no make-under required here, Pod. She is the poster-girl for Pomellato jewellery, makers of exquisite confections that tempt one to sell a kidney to procure. To gild this lily requires precise exfoliation to let the canvas do the talking. Her go-to product: Nubo Diamond Peel and Reveal, a 2-phase exfoliant which has remarkable, lustre-giving properties. And sunblock daily, 365 days per annum-Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 would work brilliantly.

Michelle Williams has come a long way since Dawsons Creek, that oh-so-earnest teen drama I so dearly loved (were adolescents ever so verbose?). She has an incredibly classic, chic look-Mia Farrow’s haircut has never been so perfectly borrowed. She is just starting to get a few early changes in the skin under the eyes, which is to be expected in one so fair at 32-so she should adopt a peptide cocktail in her eye cream, to stimulate collagen production and support those delicate capillaries which can leak and trigger dark circles. Her go-to product: Kinerase Pro+ Therapy Ultra Rich Eye Repair.

From the editor at Runway to Margaret Thatcher-Meryl Streep has an effortless ability to bring strong women to life on screen, with her regal features and commanding presence. She has tremendous bones-all the better to hang great skin off. She would benefit tremendously from a prescription retinoid for a good 3 months before her big event, to build collagen; and on the night she should apply a a hyaluronic acid-rich sheet mask to intensely hydrate the epidermis and prime her skin for make-up that will stay dewy and crease-free all night. She should use Obagi tretinoin 0.1% at night (in conjuction with sunscreen, on prescription only) and prep with an SK II facial treatment mask.

Finally we come to Viola Davis, nominated for The Help, who is coming into her own in her 40s. She has the kind of lush complexion that doesn’t wrinkle but as with all darker skin-types, she needs to be careful as it can look ashy. To make it pop she should nourish it with antioxidants that maximize radiance-Vitamin C and Niacinamide will feed her skin and make it gleam. Her go-to products: Agera Intensive MagC gel for day and Alpha H Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum.