The 2018 awards season is well underway, bringing us more than a month’s worth of gorgeous celebrity beauty looks to ogle.
The pros behind these looks are sharing their best tricks so you can achieve red carpet-worthy hair and make-up of your own at home.
Read on below to learn the hair rule to break for sleek and shiny strands, the surprising shade of mascara that makes eyes pop and more techniques used on stars like Kerry Washington, Margot Robbie and Laura Dern.
Blue Crush: Mandy Moore’s, 33, brown smoky eye at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards was made more memorable with a pop of turquoise in the inner corners
Smooth move: For the Producers Guild Awards Saturday, Kerry Washington’s, 40, hairstylist left a bit of conditioner in her hair before blow drying it straight for a sleek finish
The inner corners of your eyes aren’t just for highlighter.
‘I wanted to do something completely different than usual and focus on the eyes,’ said Mandy Moore’s make-up artist Jenn Streicher after creating the star’s look for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Jenn decided to apply Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Peacock, a turquoise shade, in the corners of the This Is Us actress’ eyes. On the rest of the eye, the pro used shades of brown.
The striking detail perfectly complemented Mandy’s blue sequin Ralph Lauren gown.
Maybe don’t completely rinse out your conditioner.
To create an ultra-sleek high ponytail on Kerry Washington ahead of the Producers Guild Awards, hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew said that she ‘left a little bit of the conditioner in her hair and blew it out with the blow dryer.’
To ensure a silky finish, Takisha smoothed out strands with a flat iron and brushed the ponytail before sending the Scandal star out onto the red carpet.
Don’t forget about your decolletage.
Stars on the red carpet look glowy from head to toe and that’s because their glam squads don’t stop highlighting at the face.
After applying Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Custom Glow Drops in Champagne Glow along SAG Award presenter Gina Rodriguez’s cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow, make-up artist Carissa Ferreri applied the product along her collarbone, shoulders and even down the center of her legs.
A head-to-toe glow: Gina Rodriguez, 33, wore highlighter on her cheekbones and along her collarbone and tops of her shoulders to the SAGs
Getting creative: Sadie Sink, 15, wore a Chanel brooch in her hair at the SAG Awards (left), while Laura Dern, 50, hit the red carpet with a leather cord-wrapped ponytail (right)
Subtle yet striking: Vanessa Kirby’s, 29, blue eyes popped on the SAG Awards red carpet thanks to a coat of blue-green mascara
Hair accessories don’t have to be actual hair accessories.
To embellish Stranger Things star Sadie Sink’s braid for the SAG Awards, hairstylist Ryan Richman affixed a diamond Chanel brooch at the back right corner of her head, a move that gave the style an instant wow-factor.
If you don’t have a Chanel brooch lying around (although you can use any pin), experiment with materials like thread or leather cord.
Ryan Trygstad added ‘a touch of rock n’ roll’ to Laura Dern’s wispy ponytail for the SAGs by wrapping two inches of suede leather piping around it starting at the base.
Colorful mascara is more wearable than you think.
You would never know it upon first glance, but Margot Robbie and Vanessa Kirby were not wearing black mascara at the SAG Awards.
On Margot, Pati Dubroff used Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara in Purple ‘to make the whites of her eyes brighter and their blue color really stand out,’ while Vanessa’s lashes were coated with Chanel Dimensions De Chanel Mascara in Nero Metallo, a greenish blue shade, by Kate Lee for the same reason.
Just add water: Margot Robbie’s hairstylist spritzed the 27-year-old’s dry hair with water to bring out her natural texture for the Critics’ Choice Awards
Layering it on thick: Natalia Dyer, 21, wore three different mascaras to the Critics’ Choice Awards, resulting in an extra fluttery look
Water is a great texturizing spray.
If you lose some of your natural wave or curl after blow-drying your hair, add some moisture back into it with water.
After rough-drying Margot Robbie’s hair ahead of the Critics’ Choice Awards last Thursday, hairstylist Bryce Scarlett scrunched H2O through her mid-lengths and ends. Once dry, he misted TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray Hold Level 2: Smooth all over to define and hold the texture.
Sometimes three mascaras are better than one.
Mascara, make-up artist Vincent Oquendo told allure.com, is like hairspray. ‘Every mascara has a different texture. You have a light-hold hairspray, a medium-hold hairspray and a strong-hold hairspray. A lot of people don’t think about layering mascaras with different textures, but when it’s done right, it’s so pretty.’
An example? The fluttery lash look he created for Natalia Dyer for the Critics’ Choice Awards using three different formulas.
Vincent started with the soft and natural Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara as a base. Next, he cut Ardell Demi Wispies false lashes in half and applied the abbreviated strips onto the outer corners of her eyes.
Next came a coat of Lancôme Grandiôse Extrême Mascara to help merge together the falsies and natural lashes. For the finishing touch, Vincent defined the Stranger Things actress’ bottom lashes with Marc Jacobs Beauty Feather Noir Ultra-Skinny Mascara.
A dewy finish: Dab face oil onto the high points of your cheekbones to glow like Alison Brie, 35, did at the Critics’ Choice Awards
Wing woman: To get a perfect winged eyeliner look like Issa Rae’s, 33, at the Golden Globe Awards, her make-up artist recommends tracing the edge of a business card
You don’t need highlighter to make your cheekbones pop.
If you’ve been searching for a highlighter that doesn’t make your face look like a disco ball, your dream product is likely already sitting in your medicine cabinet.
For the Critics’ Choice Awards, make-up artist Quinn Murphy dabbed face oil (specifically L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Youth Oil) on the high points of Alison Brie’s complexion for ‘luminosity and natural highlight’. He also mixed a few drops with her foundation to give the Glow star more, well, glow.
Joanna Simkin, the make-up pro who worked with Issa Rae for the Golden Globe Awards said that you can use Vaseline for a similar effect. ‘Light will reflect for luminous skin that isn’t overly made up,’ she said.
Tweaking your part makes wearing your hair down more interesting.
‘There are many ways to dress the hair up when wearing it down,’ said hairstylist Lona Vigi after creating Reese Witherspoon’s sleek Golden Globes look. ‘We went with a deeper side part in her hair, we wanted to switch it up – more drama. That’s a great way to add a little more interest when you’re not wearing your hair in an updo.’
Match your lipstick to your natural lip color for a fuller-looking pout.
Make-up pro Charlotte Tilbury said she was able to make Penelope Cruz’s lips look instantly fuller and wider for the Globes by simply applying a neutral pink lipstick (Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Creme de Marron) that perfectly matched the star’s natural lip tone.
Side show: When wearing your hair down to a formal event, like Reese Witherspoon, 41, did at the Golden Globes, switch up your go-to part to add interest
Plump your pout: Using a lipstick that matches your natural lip tone will make your pout appear fuller. Make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury used the trick on Penelope Cruz, 43, at the Globes
Bronzed and flawless: Vanessa Hudgens’ make-up artist used a self tanner serum to perfect the 29-year-old’s complexion before InStyle magazine’s Golden Globes party
To even out your complexion, use a self tanner.
Make-up artist Allan Avendano perfected the complexions of clients Sarah Hyland and Vanessa Hudgens for the Golden Globes after parties by mixing Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti Age Serum with moisturizer.
The serum not only gave both Sarah and Vanessa an instant sun-kissed glow, but also helped blur imperfections.
Dry shampoo is not just for second-day hair.
Though Natalia Dyer had washed her hair the morning of the Golden Globes, hairstylist Gio Campora still applied dry shampoo (he used Dove Refresh+Care Fresh Coconut Dry Shampoo) all over before twisting her lengths into a chignon. The pro said the formula adds body and fullness to the hair.
Hairstylist Mara Roszak also prepped Emma Stone’s hair with dry shampoo for the event to ensure her bobby pins stayed in place throughout the three-hour ceremony.
To achieve the perfect cat eye, follow your waterline.
‘The perfect angle for winged liner is the natural angle of your bottom eye waterline,’ said Joanna Simkin, who employed the technique on Issa Rae ahead of the Golden Globes. ‘Imagine you were drawing a line from inside your waterline and follow that angle out to create the most flattering cat eye customized to your eye shape.’
To keep the line straight, Joanna suggests tracing the edge of a business card.
Shield strands from the weather by starting with mousse and finishing with hairspray.
To protect your style from the elements and to avoid helmet hair, hairstylist Lacy Redway recommends prepping with mousse.
For the Critics’ Choice Awards, Lacy did just this, using Nexxus Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam Styler, when creating a wavy style for Natalia Dyer. The pro finished the look with the brand’s Comb Thru hairspray to tame flyaways.