There are times when glamour and beauty become more about sport and exhibition as opposed to the everyday ritual beautification. You can bet that if an opportunity arises, you will find me front and center to watch the action, and of course share it with you. Recently, I attended Long Island’s Long Beach International Film Festival, a red carpet beach side event, and it was exactly what I had anticipated. Faces were in full dress with signature red carpet radiance and flawless facade.
First, I want to say thank you to the founders of this great event, Ingrid Dodd and Craig Weintraub. As a New Yorker from Long Island, I am proud of our artistic and creative population who call it home. What better way to display and boast our local talent, NY style, than by erecting a massive screen on the ocean and inviting all to enjoy the short movie masterpieces made by natives? Congratulations to all that entered and thank you for sharing your dreams and talents with us, you’re an inspiration.
This was an interesting evening, how do you get glitzy for a beach side red carpet film fest in summer? What better way to find out then by attending one. It seemed all bets were off; there was no standard with the exception of the “no stilettos” rule-the city by the sea wants to keep its new boardwalk pristine, of course. As a vanity voyeur, I took in the scenery. I observed classic and clean to exotic and dramatic. I give all who beautified for this original event credit. I would consider you all trendsetters.
Allow me to show you the way to animate that Hollywood persona in each of you. As we approach the festive season, what is a better time to become extravagant?
Red Carpet 101
● Complexion – Flawless-go the extra mile with your complexion. It is literally the foundation of your look.
● Eyes – Dramatic yet clean, the most important step is the brow color. A very light matte shade is the trick. Apply it generously along the brow only from the inner corner out to the edge of the eye.
● Cheeks – Contour and highlight to the max. Carve your cheeks with a bronzer, but remember the highlight is what matters. Focus on the high cheek and continue around just above the eyebrow, almost like you’re framing the eye with pretend sunglasses. This will frame and illuminate.
● Lips – Well defined and deep, this is the show piece for any occasion that calls for timeless glamour. Choose a color that is fun and sexy that you feel comfortable in.
The essential element for anyone walking the red carpet is confidence. I believe that beauty is not possible unless you feel it from within. You can apply as much makeup as you please, dress in luxurious garments and accessories however without internal beauty, external allure is not possible no matter who you are. That is what separates the authentic beauties from the impostors, whether a movie star or the everyday woman.