How to get Red Carpet ready with celebrity Make-Up Artist Harriet Hadfield

How to get Red Carpet ready with celebrity Make-Up Artist Harriet Hadfield

Published: 7 Mar 2016

With over 10 years experience, celebrity Make-up Artist Harriet Hadfield shares her top tips and key products for getting red carpet ready in real time!

Harriet has worked with everyone from Rita Ora to Cara Delevigne and shot for Vogue Italia, Wonderland, Nylon and Allure Russia. Check out her YouTube channel and beauty blog for even more beauty How To's!

I always start with something like Clarins Beauty Flash Balm to brighten and tighten the skin before base application. The trick is to use a sweeping motion over the skin rather than rubbing the product in and this creates a beautiful veil to prime the skin. 

I love experimenting with new bases and one of the recent discoveries I'm loving in my kit is Estée Lauder's Double Wear Makeup To Go, which, as the name suggests, is perfect for busy women on the go! This provides buildable coverage that's long lasting and radiant.

Clarins Flash Balm and Estee Lauder Make Up to Go

My go to concealer for red carpet clients is still the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer, which comes in a great range of shades and covers everything from dark circles to breakouts and redness. For a seamless blend, use with a damp beauty blender.

 For red carpet I tend to focus on either the eyes or lips as a feature, paired always with luminous skin! The style and colour palette of an actress' make-up depends on her choice of dress, but if in doubt a timeless look like a neutral eye with my signature 'Harry flick' is always a safe choice. I love to apply MAC Paintpot in Groundwork all over the lid and smudge it a little under the lower lash line too. To create a strong feline flick, my favourite liner has to be the Tom Ford Definer pen - I don't know what I would do without this in my kit! 

 If I'm opting for a lip as the focal point of the make-up, my go to is a NARS Matte Lip Pencil which will last long into the evening and are super easy to apply. One of my favourite discoveries from the airport is the new NARS Jetsetter Traveller's Exclusive Lip Pencil Trio, with a mix of the Satin and Matte Lip Pencils.

 Individual lashes always add definition in a subtle yet elegant way. I like to apply a couple to the outer corners and then finish with lashings of Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara.

Clinique High Impact Mascara and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

 Creating red carpet makeup in real time is all about finding for the perfect multipurpose products and to finish the face, something like Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick is the quickest way to add colour and a subtle highlight to the cheeks all in one sweep!


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