Posing for a paparazzi-approved pic doesn’t need to take months of preparation. L’Oréal Paris recently launched a new site, www.lorealparisacademy.com, where “real” women can learn from the beauty industry’s top experts about makeup, hair, fashion and lifestyle. In conjunction with Awards season, L’Oréal Paris picked five women to take lessons from how to create the perfect updo to strutting down the red carpet in style.
Vintage Hollywood Hair
Go Halfsies: To create that alluring, classic Hollywood style of hair half-up, L’Oréal Paris consulting hair expert Johnny Lavoy says to keep hair conditioned to smooth down any flyaways. Using a barrel curling iron, taking the barrel and wrap hair around it while leaving the ends out (gives it a good texture without overdoing it). Then divide hair into two sections. Take a chunk from the top to right behind the ear on each side and create volume on top by backcombing – hold hair up and place comb three inches from root and push it down. To add and maintain volume, spray L’Oréal Paris Elnett StrongHold Hairspray from underneath. Section the hair to the temple right from each side and pull to back. Use a bobby pin (diagonally) to hold the hair and cross the other side’s hair on top to hide the pin. Take the top down, find a part and take one side and bring to back, clasp with another bobby pin. The overlapping of bobby pins keep everything in place. Left with a section in front—split it in half. Pin the back part to the back and keep the piece in front loose To cover the one or two exposed bobby pins, wrap the hair around each other to create a knot effect.
Red Carpet Pouts
Long-Lasting Color: L’Oréal Paris consulting makeup artist Collier Strong says that first and foremost, pay attention to the undertones of your skin in order to find colors that complement you. Using an old toothbrush, exfoliate your lips and then moisturize with a vitamin E rich lip balm. Line lips with a matching lip pencil to your lipstick shade—if you have smaller lips, fudge the size and fill in a little above the lip line. With a sharpened pencil, smile to tighten the lip and lay the pencil on its side to fill in the lip. If you make a mistake, you can take a little concealer on a brush to act as an “eraser.” Apply the lipstick right to the edge of the lip liner or use a lip brush.
Posing for the Paparazzi
“We all want to look great in photos,” says Andrea Correale, Owner of Elegant Affairs. To look slimmer in pictures, Correale suggests turning ¾ to the right, placing one foot in front of the other and pointing one shoulder towards the photographer. Another celebrity-inspired, red carpet pose is one that makes arms looks long and thin. Simply put one hand on your hip while in the slimming pose. “Good posture is key,” continues Correale. “Keep shoulders back, chest out and belly in.” Other picture-saving tips, smile naturally and relaxed, not forced and avoid white or busy patterns. “Wear colors that accent and flatter your own coloring.”