It's Emmy time! The 59th Primetime Emmys are set for tonight, and celebrities are spending their day getting their hair and makeup done before slipping on their designer gowns. Looking great on the red carpet is hard work!
The Primetime Emmy Awards Makeup Department Head, Bruce Grayson, is sharing his tips and tricks for getting the stars to shine at this year's Emmys. Here's what he has to say about styling for the big night:
The Emmys Theme: Keeping it Real!
The Emmys are taking on a whole new look this year. The stage is like theater in the round and with American Idol's Ryan Seacrest hosting, it really has a reality show element. Makeup will reflect that “looking real” style without appearing over-done.
This Year’s Signature Look: Living in the Moment
Popular reality shows like American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance are all about living in the moment and looking your best in that moment, so that’s exactly what we intend to do!
Beauty Trends in Focus: The Lips
This year I predict that the emphasis will be on the lips, rather than the eyes. Lipstick is back in a big way and I think we’ll be seeing lots of moisture matte formulas and glossy formulas. Lip stains blotted down in shades of plum or red will be the “it” colors. But don’t discount the eyes; they’ll be soft and beautiful, simply framed with false lashes instead of heavy liner.
The Trend-Setters: It’s a Give-and-Take Relationship
TV and fashion constantly have a tug of war when it comes to trends in makeup. Sometimes shows like Sex and the City can have a big influence on the makeup trends that show up on the red carpet. Other times, the look of flawless skin of a model at a Valentino fashion show or a fresh faced Idol, like Kelly Clarkson, will set the tone. Personally, I turn to the fashion runways as well as old fashion books and editorials. I’ve even drawn inspiration from paintings and women on the street.
Emmys Preparation: The Road to the Red Carpet
I prepare by making sure that the makeup crew has the tools and makeup supplies they need to get the job done. I’m in close contact with stylists and publicists so that I know what colors the stars will be wearing. It’s essential that we’re prepared to touch them up and keep their look consistent.
Clothing or Makeup: Which Comes First?
Wardrobe always influences makeup, like using matte red lips with a 50s vintage gown. Sometimes a hair style will force a makeup artist to choose a single focal point on the face, like the lips, if the hair style includes bangs that cover the eyes.
The Evening’s Challenge: Live TV
HDTV really changes the way we do makeup for a live broadcast. Live HD broadcasts require that we make sure that there’s minimal shine coming off the face. Makeup with too much shimmer or glimmer is distracting and can look like the sun’s reflection off the ocean. Last minute touch ups are essential. Shine should be limited to the right places on the face. I like to call it “strategic shine.”
All-Star Techniques and Must-Have Products
Thin translucent foundations and powders that allow natural even skin tone to be seen are key. Blotting papers to take down shine are a great alternative to power build-up, and Kleenex on-hand for the occasional teary eye are a must. I always keep cream blush nearby because it blends right into the skin and looks natural, along with false lashes to frame the eyes without using liner.
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To get your very own bottle, leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on the Emmys or your own tips for getting ready for a big event. Be sure I have a way to get a hold of you! Comments must be received by Sunday, September 23rd.