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September 19th, 2007


Secrets to capturing ‘Red Carpet’ allure.

This past Sunday the 2007 Emmy Awards celebrated Hollywood glamour at its finest.

Yes, it's fun to watch the 'Red Carpet Walk' and marvel at how beautiful (or not!) the celebrities looked. What's even more appealing is getting a sneak peak backstage and learning some of the trends and tricks used to achieve such starlet faces.

imageMy Beautyberry went right to the source and got some insider tips from Bruce Grayson, the Emmy Make-up Department Head. Did you know that Bruce sets the backstage to cover all makeup emergencies, celebrity makeup request, and last minute touch-ups. His prep work starts way before the Emmy's; he prepares by making sure that the makeup crew has the tools and makeup supplies they need to get the job done. He is in close contact with stylists and publicists so that he knows what colors the stars will be wearing. Bruce states, "It's essential that we're prepared to touch them up and keep their look consistent."

My Beautyberry asked Bruce Grayson what the essential products he always has on hand. His first response was, "We must have Everything that we might possibly need on show night. But the must have products are sheer translucent pressed and loose powders, blotting papers or linens, concealers (in all colors), waterproof mascara, sheer foundations and a variety of lipsticks and lip glosses in different colors."


Bruce Grayson wraps up some of the leading looks and tips to achieve them.

The Skin

imageMBB: Celebrities' skin looked so flawless and glowing... was there anything used to enhance the skin?

BG: Clear skin, free of pigmentation is what allows skin to glow. At the Emmy's I saw celebrities with great skin using a minimal of foundation. Sheer makeup is a necessity, I don't want to mask good skin, but want skin to be the foundation of my beauty makeup. I suggest to all of my clients that they start on a skin care regime several weeks before show night. I use a minimum of powder to set makeup and to take the shine off the face. Creating what I like to call strategic shine.

The Lips

imageMBB: This year, the emphasis was on the lips. What can you add to this?

BG: Lipstick is back in a big way. Whether its moisture matte or a glossy formula, you can't go wrong with shades of plums, reds and pinks, like Emmy winner Katherine Heigl wore.

TIP: One of his favorites is MAC's Lipglass in 3D Glass. It's a rich red that leaves a high-gloss finish.

The Eyes

imageMBB: What is the secret to achieving 'Hollywood Eyes'?

BG: Soft eyes pair well with bold lip colors. Before I even begin to apply eye make-up, I like to start with Olay Definity Eye Illuminator, because it has multi-colored micas to help hide imperfections. It limits the amount of make-up I need to use around the eye. False lashes simply framed the eyes instead of heavy eyeliner.

The Cheeks

imageMBB: How do the cheeks balance the looks that were seen?

BG: Many stars stuck with subtle cream blushes (like Ellen Pompeo) that blend seamlessly into the cheeks for a natural glow. Cream blush was a key element in creating a "looking real" style without appearing over-done.

TIP: Bruce's foolproof recommendation is Nars Creme Blush in Penny Lane.

Thank you Bruce for these fabulous pro-secrets.


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