For years. for anything red carpet, I would have to stress out about every little thing imaginable. Days before the event, I would have to factor in where I would be (LA is always different from NY), what the humidity or rain situation would be, and what the particular event was. You could have 5 different red carpet events during a week, for example during Award's Season, and each event would have different lighting and different types of photographers. You wouldn't believe how many times I've sent my client out the door thinking she looked perfect, only to see the pictures the next day and some idiot photographer used a direct flash, or the lighting was icy blue and too bright, or yellowish warm and sickly. The best of the best can only do their best if they know the perfect conditions before hand. I often do different types of makeup (or hair) in different cities, going heavier handed in Los Angeles due to all the harsh lighting, or having to color correct here in New York due to things like light diffusion from the buildings, or paparazzi's over use of flash. Too strong and bluish lighting will make a client look greasy no matter how much power you use. Too warm, overhead, or cheap floor lighting can make you look sickly or create weird shadows. Wedding makeup will always be different from red carpet, which will always be different than those instagram tutorials, which in turn will be different from digital or film. Filters are an unprepared artist's best tool, but I don't often have that luxury as say, and instagram influencer, may have. I can't very well call up Getty Images and scream at their photographer for using a too intense flash, or the film's PR team for only using overhead lighting. I just have to be prepared for it.
To fight all the "elements" to a get my client that great red carpet shot, my years of experience have found me turning to medium coverage foundations that I can build upon depending on skin issues. I especially like using products that tout their soft matte or velvet matte properties. I especially dislike using too much products to mask an particular issue. For the last few years, I've trended towards Diorskin Airflash Foundation on all red carpet, coupled with either a light reflecting serum or moisturizer, similar to something like the NARS Optimal Brightening Concentrate . Sometimes if my client is particularly dry, I will just slather on some Avéne Cold Creme over the whole face while I do the eyes and wipe off any excess before I do my foundation. Now, NARS has come up with their own formulation of a Velvet Matte Foundation in a Stick form that find replacing my Dior in my kit. Aside from cutting the clutter with its compact size, the price point is about $20 USD less, and NARS smartly added a blending sponge at the end of the stick that is great for getting into those hard to reach spots by the corners of the eyes, or around the nose. The Touch-Up Blender is super easy to clean, which for me is a huge concern. Its latex free, so you can spray alcohol on it to disinfect, and can be cleaned up with a simple shampoo every now and again. Weirded out by the sponge, you can actually use the product just as well with your finger tips. The warmth of your fingers actually help with the blending of the product. Although, in my opinion, there could be about 2-4 more darker shades, there does seem to be a great variety in colors. It works well with other brands such as a Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks or a concealer from Clé Du Peau Beauté. Some of the pros to the Velvet Matte Foundation Stick includes ginger root extract and vitamins A, C, and E which support natural antioxidant protection which defends skin from environmental damages. Naturally, this will be helping to improve the appearance of smoothness and evenness. It may not provide the coverage a heavier foundation would, but it builds up quite nicely for anyone that needs a little extra somedays. I would say the only "con" could be that it could us a bit more product in the stick. Maybe not a go to for super oily skin either unless you use a mattifying lotion before hand. I recommend this little wand with enthusiasm! I love it!