Beauty at the Bafta’s……

So it’s that time of year again and awards season means all of us wait in anticipation for the celebrity looks as they walk down the red carpet. Who played it safe? Who got it totally wrong?… and who simply nailed it!


As a makeup artist there is a lot of pressure these days when doing red carpet makeups. Unlike 10 years ago, nowadays the media has put so much emphasis on “The Look” that barely a few hours after the ceremony hundreds of pictures have been published ready to be scrutinised by the public.

The makeup artist not only has the dress to consider when designing the hair and makeup, but also the different lighting situations and that very unforgiving camera flash. Needless to say as a makeup artist there is simply no room for error.

Vintage Hollywood glamour has never been out of style, however this year I have noticed it becoming a definite theme for a lot of the celeb hair and makeups, and is going to be huge this season.

This was the look I choose to create for my client at this year’s BAFTA awards. The lovely Jennifer Bloomfield and her husband Christopher White, both part of the team nominated for best Visual Effects on The Hobbit.

Jennifer’s black vintage halter dress with a vintage clasp waist belt didn’t make this decision very hard! I knew with her long brown hair and brown eyes the soft vintage wave would be perfect.

For the makeup I wanted to have all the elements of a classic vintage eye and rough lip but a toned down version. I opted for a rough stain on the lips instead of a lipstick and a very light cream/shimmer eye with a brown liner instead of the typical black liquid which enhanced her long lashes once coated with lots of luscious black mascara!

It is a common misconception that Marylyn Monroe’s signature flick was created with a black liquid liner when in fact in a lot of the earlier makeups anyway…it was brown!


All these minor adjustments not only kept the look natural and hinted at the vintage glamour but also modernized the look to keep it relevant and ensure that she also felt comfortable and confident.

Next up are the Brits and the Oscars so keep your eyes peeled for those vintage waves!


Franchisee and hair & makeup artist for Central, West and South West London