Lala Anthony is one of Hollywood’s most beautiful stars — but that doesn’t mean her beauty regimen isn’t workable for everyone.
In an interview with Refinery29 last year, she shared how she maintains such a high level of glamor in real life while also maintaining her natural look on-screen. Her secret? “A lot of makeup and hair,” explained Anthony. She goes over her eyes three times during each shoot day so they can be ready at any moment. And when you think about it, we do too! We make sure our skin looks flawless by exfoliating regularly or applying oil masks before bedtime. Our hairstylists spend hours perfecting curls and braids throughout every single movie and TV show we watch. So why not take a few tips from Lala herself? Here are four ways to get started.
1. First, prep your face
Like Anthony, start off with clean pores and a fresh canvas. When preparing your face for a big night out, there’s no need to overthink it. You don’t have time for complicated routines, especially if you’re already running late. But if you want to give yourself plenty of room to play around in, here are some basic steps to follow.
Start with washing up (to remove dirt and grime), then apply a moisturizer followed by foundation primer. For concealer, I recommend using cream-based formula instead of powder because creams tend to blend better than powders. After that, add light layers of foundation and blush until you achieve the desired shade. Next comes the fun part: playing around with eye shadow shades! If you want to go more dramatic, try adding two different colors blended together. To keep things simple, though, stick with just one shade. It should match the rest of your outfit perfectly. Finally, finish the look with mascara and lipstick. Once again, this will depend on what kind of dress code you’re going for — if you’re wearing a suit, skip the eyeliner and nude lips. On the other hand, if you’re rocking leggings, a statement necklace, and heels, definitely put on those dark purple lippie.
If you find yourself having trouble picking a specific eye shadow hue, celebrity makeup artist Toni Van Pelt has a suggestion: “I would pick a neutral base shade,” says Van Pel. “Then choose 2 complementary colors.” They both compliment each other and won’t compete against the main shade. That way, you’ll still be able to pull off a pop of red without looking overdone. Another trick Van Pel uses often is blending multiple palettes of various hues into one overall effect.
2. Then it’s all about the contours and shadows
The next step is creating shape. The key to pulling off a glamorous appearance is mastering contouring techniques. In short, contouring refers to highlighting certain areas of the face to create symmetry and balance between them. This helps draw attention away from problem areas (like under-eye bags) and bring focus directly onto the model’s best features. There are tons of tutorials online explaining exactly which parts of your face to highlight and which ones to tone down, but personally, I’m partial to following these guidelines by Make Up Academy founder Kim Nguyen.
Using a brush, fill in the outer edges of the cheekbone area first, moving outward toward the temples. Then gradually increase the intensity of pigment towards the center slightly lessening the amount of product used near the nose bridge. Lastly, lightly sweep upward along the top edge of the brow bone ending with a lighter touch at the inner corner where the brow meets the lash line.
For eyes, start with defining the upper waterline with a white pencil (the same pigment as the eyebrows). Using a brown/grey shade, gently smudge inward along the lower waterline to soften its harshness. Now, grab two warm grey shades and tap evenly across the lid space. Start from the inside corners and slowly move outward, stopping right below the pupil. Use the darkest shade to define the iris & help separate it from the sclera. Blend the second colour halfway between the upper lash line and the bottom of the liner. Set aside the remaining pigments for later.
Next, it’s time to set everything in place. Since you likely applied your waterproof liquid eyeliner earlier, you may want to erase any stray marks that could appear underneath it. A cotton swab dipped in alcohol works well. Then, begin filling in the upper portion of the eyelid with the darker grey shade, starting from the outside corner and moving inward towards the middle. Repeat this process similarly in the lower half of the eyelid, except reverse it by painting the left side first and then the right side. Then, dab the leftover pigmented colours onto the sponge and wipe upwards along the upper lash line to eliminate any sharp lines.
Now, let’s talk about lining the lower lash line. Apply black mascara to both sides of the wand and run through the thickest end horizontally. Slowly curve the bristles downward and connect the thin ends so they meet at the very tip of the applicator. Line your lower lash line beginning at the centre point and extending downwards past the outer corner of the eye. Go back to the original colours you were working with and swipe upwards diagonally above the new line curving the bristles upwards. Do this twice to complete the illusion of thicker lashes. Lightly coat the lower lashes with translucent hairspray to hold everything in place.
3. Finish with some finishing touches
It’s finally time to amp up your glam experience. Add shimmery finishes to your favorite products for a fiercer style. Most importantly, always remember to prime your finished look. Your goal should be to even out any imperfections. Otherwise, it’ll only serve to emphasize them.
To ensure your foundation matches your skin tone, test it on the back of your hand first. Also, it never hurts to double check that your bronzer matches your skin tone either. Remember, the golden rule is to avoid orange tones unless you really enjoy sunburned cheeks.
Finally, consider experimenting with a little extra shine. Some people prefer to completely omit setting sprays altogether opting instead to use a matte setting spray or simply patting their faces dry with tissue paper after cleansing. However, others swear by the shiny effects achieved with setting sprays. Personally, I think it depends on your preference and lifestyle. Whichever route you decide to take, the important thing is to practice restraint when it comes to excessive moisture. Too much shine can actually cause your skin to break out due to increased sebum production. Always remember to hydrate thoroughly afterwards.
4. Try a bold lip color
Last but certainly not least, it’s time to rock a killer pout. Whether you’re watching television at home or attending an event, don’t underestimate the power of the right lipstick choice. It’s easy enough to figure out whether you’re headed somewhere casual or fancy. If you’re planning on hitting the bar, opt for a classic rose pink shade that compliments your wardrobe. Or, wear something brighter and sexier if you plan to hit the club scene.
When selecting the appropriate shade, consider the type of environment you’d be walking into. For example, a bright coral shade will probably clash badly with a business meeting whereas a deep berry hue will complement a cocktail party. These general rules of thumb usually fall within a range of peachy-pink to vibrant-red.
Once you’ve found the perfect shade, apply a clear balm beneath the lip gloss to prevent bleeding. Follow with a layer of glossy substance, ensuring the formula closely resembles the final result. Again, allow ample drying time between coats. Don’t forget to pair your chosen shade with matching accessories to further enhance your overall look.
So there you have it! Following these 4 simple steps will surely leave you feeling confident and ready to kickstart your own personal transformation. All you need is a dash of confidence and a dollop of patience. Happy glamming!