TIFF 2015: Glam Celebrity Beauty for Every Age
The best part of the Toronto International Film Festival? Spotting our favourite A-listers in their laid-back version of red-carpet glam. Here’s how to copy the celebrity look
If you're in your 30s, try bright matte lipstick on smooth primed lips, as seen on Reese Witherspoon.
"Matte lipstick emphasizes all the imperfections of the lips - dryness, cracks, peeling skin - so prepping your lips is key to achieving stunning red-carpet-worthy results," says Toronto-based pro artist Anna Nenoiu. Start by exfoliating your lips using a gentle scrub (try coconut oil and sugar) or a soft toothbrush to remove any peeling skin. Finish with a lip balm to create a smooth, velvety surface. To get the true lipstick shade as you see it in the tube, prime your lips first with a few dabs of concealer. Next, line and fill in your lips with a matching lip pencil and apply the lipstick with a synthetic lip brush. Blot the colour with a tissue and reapply. "For best results, smile as you go to ensure that the lipstick gets into all the crevices of your lips."
Try: Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Tijuana, $25
If you're in your 40s, try a nourishing face oil and a stimulating facial massage to get radiant skin like Jennifer Aniston.
"When your complexion is radiant and dewy, your job is half done when trying to get ready for a big event or a red-carpet appearance," says Nenoiu. A facial oil will help add a camera-friendly glow to skin, especially as it starts to age and becomes drier and less radiant. "After exfoliating, add a couple of drops of oil to your fingertips and give yourself a facial massage." Always massage the skin upwards, towards your temples, and gently pinch your cheeks to stimulate collagen. Repeat nightly and before applying makeup for a big event.
Try: Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil, $51
If you're in your 50s, combine leave-in conditioner with a silky blowout to score locks like Julianne Moore
"Avoid washing your hair every day as it strips away moisture," says Nenoiu. Instead, use a hydrating, sulphate-free shampoo once a week and treat locks with a moisturizing balm between washes. Since hair becomes drier and more prone to frizz as it ages, only enlist hot tools for special occasions. "Instead, use a blow-dryer and a large-bristle brush for a smooth blowout and set hair in large Velcro rollers once dry," says Nenoiu. Apply another dab of balm to any frizzy ends to add a dose of shine.
Try: L'Oréal Paris Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Perfecting Balm, $7
If you're 60+, get a wide-eyed look like Helen Mirren with neutral eyeshadows and brightened eyes.
"As we age, our eyelashes become thinner and the skin around our eyes becomes more transparent," says Nenoiu. To help even out the eye area, use a brightening concealer under and around your eyes to camouflage dark circles and pigmentation for a fresh, wide-awake look. Prep for long-wearing makeup by applying an eyeshadow primer to your eyelids (which will also help to fill in and disguise fine lines), followed by a waterproof mascara and eyeliner and shadow in flattering earth tones. "Applying eyeliner along the top of your eyelashes will give the appearance of a thicker lash line while contouring and accentuating the eye, making it appear bigger," says Nenoiu. Once your eye makeup is complete, dust a translucent powder under your eyes to avoid mascara smudges and migrating colour.
Try: Dior 5 Couleurs Designer All-in-One Professional Eye Palette in Taupe Design, $63