MAC Bafta Red Carpet Event

Back in Feb I was lucky enough to be invited to go along to a London Fashion Week show and presentation by MAC, this event was fascinating as I got to see from start to finish the creation of a high fashion, catwalk look. Last week I went to another MAC-hosted event that had a totally different angle, this time the MUA’s created two red-carpet worthy looks. The looks were created by MAC Make-Up Artists Lynsey Alexander and Neil Young in the suite that will be the location for the celeb types that are having their make-up done by MAC for the upcoming Bafta awards.

On a selfish level I found this demonstration far more useful for me personally as there were loads of tips on how to get camera-ready, flawless looking make-up. Not that I have any red carpet type of situations coming up, but still, it’s always good to be prepared  for looking good in pictures (MAC Strobe Cream is your friend!).

Below are a few snaps (before, during and after) of the two looks.



The two looks were fashion-forward, but ‘paparazi safe’ looks – so trendy interpretations of high fashion looks, without being crazy-looking. One a strong lip, using ‘Show Orchid’ as the stand-out colour  and another a brown smokey eye with ‘Antiqued’ eye shadow paired with and nude lip.
Below are the smokey-eye look pics from the ‘in action’ process.

Below are the Show Orchid/Bright Lip in process shots:

And here are the gorgeous, finished looks. I seriously wish I could bottle that thing that the professional models have that happens when a camera comes out they just pose. No smiling like idiots or looking like they might thump someone (these are my two ‘signature’ looks in photos) – I’m beyond jealous.

The model’s with their finished looks with Lynsey and Neil.

I really love both looks, you can’t beat a smoky eye and I love that it’s a brown/bronze toned one rather than black/grey – plus I love that this look was paired with ‘Shy Girl’ lipstick, one I already own and love. The bright lip looks stunning, I love a hot pink lip. I really think they are both really wearable looks that I will definitely be taking some tips from. Speaking of tips, below are a few of the ones I picked up on the night:

– Omega eyeshadow is a great eyebrow filler, especially for blondes (applied with a 266 make-up brush)
– A bright lip looks more modern/young applied without lip liner.
– When it comes to eye make-up you don’t always need the usual lid/socket/crease/line colour routine, one shade all over will often look more modern.
– If attending an event where photographs are likely then use highlight to prevent skin from looking flat and washed out because of the flash.
– Blend bronzer right into the hairline when using as a contour as if it sits in patches it won’t look as natural.

I have a few short videos that I shot at the event too, as soon as I’ve figured out how to edit them & get them online then I’ll upload them here!



  1. Skinny Minnie
    May 12, 2011 / 6:41 pm

    Such beautiful looks xXx

  2. Anonymous
    May 29, 2011 / 5:42 pm

    enjoyed this post! can you advise which eyeshadow color they placed where?

  3. Anonymous
    May 29, 2011 / 5:43 pm

    also waiting to see the videos 🙂

  4. May 29, 2011 / 7:49 pm

    I’ll check my notes about the eyeshadows & get videos up as soon as I can! Slight technical problem frying the uploaded as the quality isn’t great & I’m a bit clueless about editing! Xx

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