On 27th May 2012 the world will watch as the best in British Television are honoured at the Television BAFTAs. House of Fraser are super proud to be the official Menswear and Womenswear Style Partner and will be on hand to offer fashion advice to all of those attending on the night. In the name of research we joined forces with Shopstyle UK and popped along to the BAFTA Nominees Party Style Suites for a trial run and a chance to get red carpet ready the celebrity way.
Who: A whole lot of Journalists and Editors popped by to get a head to toe A-list makeover. Also spotted were Kate Thornton in a beautiful Biba Jacket, Lydia Rose Bright from TOWIE and Ollie Locke, Louise Thompson and Spencer Mathews from Made in Chelsea (how exciting!).
What: A whole day dedicated to getting ready for the red carpet! We were in heaven, surrounded by beautiful clothes, make up, jewels and tanning and insider, expert tips you need to know if you have an event on the horizon …
The Red Carpet Tan
As any A-lister knows, a tan can make you feel a million dollars when it’s done right. Side step the tanning bed (no celeb wants sun spots and wrinkles), exfoliate, moisturise and fake it! The experts told us that a good body scrub followed by a rich moisturiser the day before you plan to tan is a must. Then it’s just a case of applying your fake tan with a foam mitt for streak free results — go from the bottom up starting at the ankles and working up to the neck in sweeping motions — remember to do hands, feet and face last when there’s minimal product left on the mitt. For a real red carpet look, a touch of highlighter on your high points (collar bone, front of legs, shoulders etc) not only has a slimming effect but really flatters in photographs.
Ready for Your Close Up?
We thought it only right to drop by M.A.C to get the skinny on red carpet beauty and to find out trade secrets to looking perfect all night long. We quickly learned that the most important thing is to prep the skin with a primer. The M.A.C experts applied concealer under the eyes and around the nose with a brush, building coverage with fine layers to avoid a reverse panda look and to keep things light. Next came the base — Pro Longwear to be precise — applied with a foundation brush and built up to give bespoke coverage where needed. The base was finished off with a refreshing spritz of Fixer. This final step not only moisturises but gives a youthful, dewy finish and holds makeup firmly in place.
TOP TIP: Our make up artist suggests misting a spray fixer over the face to refresh tired make up just before you touch up your base at the end of the day or when you’re on a flight.
Next came the eyes. Thanks to Rooney Mara and co, the smokey eye is still big news on the red carpet and the modern way to achieve this look is with a smudgy liner. Don’t worry about being too perfect with it, you can drag pigment across the lid with a brush or even a finger. If you have blonde eyelashes like our model, M.A.C recommends lining your inner lid and working pencil right into the lash line. For best results before a big event, a lash tint and lots of mascara gives the desired effect.
The whole look was finished off with bronzer and a healthy dose of Strobe Cream to highlight cheekbones, temples, cupids bow and under the eyebrows. Beautiful!
The House of Fraser Style Suite was a fit to burst with sumptuous gowns for every occasion. The most popular amongst the press on the day was a stunning asymmetric Biba gown. With ruching in all of the right places it fits and comes in an array of colours — perfect of you have plenty of events in the calendar. Another favourite was an Anoushka G dress (coming soon) in blush pink and feather trim for a real decadent deco feel that would be at home on the red carpet or even as a wedding dress.
As we all know, accessories maketh the gown and there was a real buzz around the AW12 Biba clutch collection. In opulent jewel tones and sumptuous suede they featured the iconic Biba clasp and are roomy enough to slot evening essentials inside.
For the gents a rail of sharp suits offered a more modern version of the tux and proved popular with the Made in Chelsea boys.
Keep posted for our red carpet coverage of the BAFTA Television Awards and in the meantime, get voting for your favourite program to win the Youtube Audience Award
The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards will be shown on BBC One and BBC One HD at 8pm on Sunday 27th May.