We Talk to iHeartRadio MMVAs Hosts Liz Trinnear and Chloe Wilde About Their Red Carpet Prep

If you’ve ever wanted to hang with the cool kids in the streets of Toronto, the iHeartRadio MuchMusic Video Awards ALWAYS guarantees a good time full of great style and OTT musical acts. This year’s star power was hard-core, including performers like Arkells, Camila Cabello, DNCE, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Jazz Cartier, Julia Michaels, Lorde, Niall Horan and Post Malone.

That level of celebrity can be intimidating for the best of us, but imagine having to be in front of a gazillion eyeballs all while interviewing and introducing these singers? That is the reality of MMVAs co-host Liz Trinnear and its red carpet host Chloe Wilde. Their cool, confident demeanours might seem natural, but it takes a lot of work for them to look, and feel, their best come showtime. Here, Wilde and Trinnear share their secrets to owning the carpet.

Chloe Wilde

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Leading up to a big event, what are some long-term prep strategies?

Finding time to sleep regularly is probably the biggest (and most challenging!) thing I try to do. When you’re tired, it’s harder to find the energy to work out, and you end up making poorer food choices. (Hello, salt & vinegar chips!) Fitness is something that I try to incorporate into my life, regardless of red carpets or award shows. The more fitness becomes a habit rather than a chore, the easier it is to ramp it up before big events. I normally do a combination of running, power yoga and HIIT (high intensity interval training) throughout the week—ideally three to four times. When awards season comes, that gets ramped up to four to five times!

How do you calm your nerves leading up to, and during, the event?

Yoga is incredibly beneficial for me, both physically and emotionally. I love attending as many classes as my schedule permits leading up to the MMVAs, but when free time starts to become scarce and the stress starts to pile up, there’s not always a one-hour window to make it to a class. That’s when meditation apps like Headspace come to the rescue to help keep me centred, calm and ready to take on the day.

What are your beauty tricks? Do you have any problem areas your work to minimize, or do you have favourite features you like to play up?

My makeup artist, Nikki Strachan, knows what I love to hide (dark circles) and what I love to play up (a grungy bottom lash line). We typically play up the eye with a lot of mystery and edge and opt for a more neutral lip. Oh, and I’m a sucker for a brushed bold brow. Face masks are my new guilty pleasure. Their benefits are two-fold: Obviously they’re great for my skin, but more importantly, they force me to slow down twice a week and just have a bit of me-time for 15 minutes. I switch between nourishing honey and red clay masks.

What beauty item is a must on the big day?

Does deodorant count? Nobody wants a stinky host. And also, a little highlight goes a long way!

Fashion-wise, how do you go about planning your outfit?

We work with an incredible stylist, Katie Tobin, who knows us, our personalities and our bodies better than we do sometimes. In the weeks leading up to the big night, she’ll pull a variety of looks to try on during the first fitting. From there, we pick our favourites and do a camera test to see how they’ll look to viewers at home on the big night. One outfit typically leaves the others in the dust.

What’s your eating routine like? Do you have a specific way of eating to minimize bloat and discomfort during the show?

I typically eat very healthy (#healthyishot), but when I crave a treat, like extra cheesy nachos, I go for it guilt-free. Leading up to an award show, I try to be extra-cautious with food that is loaded with salt and instead focus on high-protein, low-carb options that aren’t processed. Plus, I make a huge effort to step up my lemon-water to reduce any bloat.

Liz Trinnear

Photography Courtesy of Much

Leading up to a big event, what are some long-term prep strategies you work on?

My number one rule is to always wash your makeup off at the end of the day and take care of your skin. People tend to forget it’s our largest organ. I treat my skin like royalty: Sunscreen, facials and water are my best friend. You only get one chance at having great skin, plus sun damage will make you look like garbage on TV (and nobody wants that!). I try to work out three to four times a week, sometimes six, leading up to a big event. Kickboxing, spin and pilates are kicking my butt right now.

How do you calm your nerves leading up to, and during, the event?

This [was] my 8th MMVAs, which is insane. For me, it’s all about remembering to have fun. I usually blast Robyn and bubblegum pop in my wardrobe room and dance it out while I get ready.

What are your beauty tricks? Do you have any problem areas your work to minimize, or do you have favourite features you like to play up?

Good products and good tools. Again, my biggest thing is skin preparation—hydration is so key. I had a facial last night at Province Apothecary, where they make custom herbal facials for you. They make sure my skin is glowing the night of so my makeup artist, Nikki Strachan, has a clean palette. I love highlighting cheekbones and collarbones, and I love making my eyes pop! Kill ’em with kindness with your eyes.

What beauty item is a must on the big day?

I’m going to have to say my beauty blender. Beauty blenders are amazing. Two years ago, my eyes started tearing up right before I walked on the carpet, and my makeup artist had to blend it out moments before I hit the cameras. A beauty blender can fix all problems.

Fashion-wise, how do you go about planning your outfit?

My stylists and I start thinking about this in January. We toy with themes and ideas—a golden goddess look is always something to consider because the gold and glitter combo looks so spectacular onstage. Red carpet trends come into play as well. My stylists pull from designer showrooms—usually in Toronto and Los Angeles—and play dress up with all the looks. Once we narrow it down to our top two, the production will run all sorts of camera tests to make sure everything looks great.

What’s your eating routine like? Are you strict, or do you have a specific way of eating to minimize bloat and discomfort during the show?

I find during the couple of weeks before an event, I almost forget to eat, which is never good. You need fuel in your body to take on the long days. Leading up to the show, I make sure to eat my greens, proteins and fruits. But I don’t really cut anything out. And of course, the second the show is done, I grab a hamburger.