With her subject dressed in bright blue Givenchy, there was only one route for the make-up look created by make-up artist and Lancôme global creative director Lisa Eldridge for Lily Collins and her BAFTA red-carpet appearance last night: vampy red, dark lips.
But the coming together of a red carpet beauty look isn’t always weeks in the making, as you might assume. Having sent Lisa a picture of the dress the week before with the directive that she wanted the make-up look to be “very fresh but with an edge”, Lisa sent through moodboards of picture references for different looks that they could create.
But it wasn’t until Lisa saw the dress in person in Lily’s room at the Savoy Hotel on Sunday that she got the confirmation she needed to go forth with this beautifully bold make-up look: “The dress was much brighter in person than I thought it would be”, explained Eldridge. “So then I knew we had to do the dark lips.”
The look – that took 45 minutes to create – transpired to be ethereal skin, care of Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude, the new release in the Teint Idole Nude franchise; a flush of Blush Subtil in Rose Sable; luminous eyes using the sheer shimmer shades in the new Spring 2019 Café Bônheur La Palette; lashings of Grandiôse Mascara in black and Crayon Khôl in Brun; and then, of course, the statement lips using L’Absolu Rouge Matte in Berry Noir.
A real beauty chameleon, Lily explained how she enjoys giving her make-up artist free rein when it comes to these epic moments: “I don’t want to necessarily look the same every single time I am on the carpet. I look at it like playing a character each time, so there is always a through-line of wanting to feel that whoever is doing my hair and make-up has as much of a say in the look as I have an idea of what I want.”
And does she enjoy getting ready for the red carpet? “I am having the worst time… It’s never any fun”, she jokes wryly. “I look at it as a reunion [though]”, she adds honestly. “Like with Lisa, we’re not in the same city. She is London and I am in LA, so this is an opportunity to see old friends. I take maybe 5 to 10 minutes on myself day-to-day when I am go-go-go, so I like to keep these moments of dedicated glam time as just like getting ready for a school dance when I was in high school. It’s that time to really have fun. We blast music, we have fun, talk, chat, laugh and sometimes I have to get hurried along because I am having such a good time.”
And with that, she’s out the door…