The Toronto International Film Festival is officially in full swing in Toronto and we definitely want you to hit streets of Toronto, looking the part, or at least get mistaken for a celebrity. Our favourite two ways to get red-carpet ready involve both the sultry red lip and a smoky eye. Usually, we would suggest to do one or the other, however TIFF only rolls around once a year, so you might as well get fancy.
Follow the steps below for that Red Carpet-Ready Look.
1. Prep the skin with you moisturizer of choice. Try using a reflective cream, to give yourself a more radiant complexion (MAC Strobe cream is a great one).
2. Fill in your brows using a brow powder closest to you brow shade. Don’t over do it! Finish the brows off with a quick coat of clear brow gel, brushing the hairs upwards.
3. Using a flat-head eye shadow brush, pat a champagne eye shadow across the eyelid. Remember, if your eyelids are more on the oily side, be sure to use a primer!
4. With a blending brush, take a chestnut brown eye shadow of your choice. Starting at the outer corner of your eye lid, sweep inwards to the middle of the eye. Don’t forget to take this shadow through the crease.
5. Blend! Blend! Blend! Harsh lines in a smoky eye should not exist.
6. Once the brown shadow has been blended, take the same blending brush and repeat the same step as you did with the brown shadow, using a black shadow of your choice.
7. Once blended, take the blending brush under the eye, and use the remainder of the shadow under the lower lash line. Complete your smoky look with two coats of thickening mascara like Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara.
8. Apply your regular foundation, making sure to cover above the lip, forehead and near the ears.
9. Take a liquid concealer (always 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone) under the eye, all the way out to your outer temple. (This is going to add definition and a natural looking highlight to the face.
10. Lock in your foundation and concealer with a translucent powder (large fluffy brushes work best for this).
11. Apply a soft rose coloured blush to the apples of the cheek in an upward sweeping motion.
12. Using a red lip liner, outline your lips and fill in the outer corners. Apply the red lipstick of your choice to the rest of the lips (remember to make sure your liner and lipstick are similar in shade).
13. Blot the lips a few times on a folded Kleenex and you are ready to strut your high impact look down the red carpet.
Enjoy the 2014 Toronto Film Festival! I know I will.