Sure, choosing the right red carpet dress can make or break a look. But the next most important thing is prepping the skin. Too much makeup and you could look like a cast-off from Burlesque. Too little and you could belong in a scene from Winter's Bone.
Here are two different tactics -- one natural and the other glam -- used by celebrity makeup artists for this year's Golden Globes.
For the ultimate natural beauty look on the red carpet, Amy Adams' makeup artist, Molly R. Stern prepped skin with the buzz-worthy argan oil products from Josie Maran. After a spritz of the Argan Primer Mist (josiemarancosmetics.com), she applied the Argan Moisturizing Stick (sephora.com) for a healthy glow. To play up Adams' eyes, Stern used Lancome Color Design 5 Pan Palette in Taupe Craze (available in February), Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner in Minuit (blue) and Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara in Black. Then for a just-bitten look on her lips, Stern applied Lancome Color Design Matte Lipcolor in Stylista (berry pink). (All products available at lancome-usa.com).
Makeup artist, Mary Phillips, describes her look for Jennifer Lopez as "very old Hollywood 70s glamour." To wake up the skin, Phillips first applied L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Color Correcting Primer in Anti-Dull Skin. "It gives the skin that radiant healthy glow," Phillips tells UsMagazine.com. She then followed with L'Oreal Magic Smooth Souffle on her skin, Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara in Blackest Black, and Infallible Le Rouge in Perpetual Peach. "It was the perfect color to finish our 70s red carpet look." (All products available at lorealparis.com.)