How to do your hair and makeup for TIFF: 5 Beauty Panel tips for red carpet-worthy looks

TIFF red carpet beauty intro
TIFF red carpet beauty intro

TIFF 2013 has begun and there is no denying that we’re getting really excited to see the films, attend the after parties and catch up (yeah, we went there) with our favourite A-listers. We’ll be reporting from the red carpet all weekend long—check out our insider’s guide to TIFF for more intel—but right now it’s time to talk beauty. No red carpet outfit is ever complete without an ultra glam hairstyle and glitzy makeup so what better time to practice your skills than now?

You may not have a team of makeup artists on standby, but you definitely don’t need to look far for tips on how to to do it yourself at home. This week, we asked the Beauty Panel to share their tips and tricks on how to attain the red carpet-worthy look. From voluminous hairstyles to statement lips, you’ll definitely get heads turning as you make your way down the red carpet. Not in Toronto for the film festival? Fear not because these foolproof beauty inspirations will work for any upcoming formal event or party scheduled in your planner.

Challenge 26: What’s your TIFF-worthy red carpet beauty look? See the answers now! »

Looking to celebrities for inspiration is one way to go, but achieving that effortless glamour is no easy task. Luckily our newest Beauty Panel member Shivani Malhotra of Adorable On Your Vanity gives us the step by step on how to achieve her beauty icon Freida Pinto’s simple yet flawless-looking skin. While Twenty York Street’s Marilou Moles, A Pop of Colour’s Shayna Wiwierski and Fun Size Beauty’s Stephanie Lau talked easy-to-do hairstyles, Toronto Beauty Reviews’ Elaine Atkins showed us she was not afraid to go for dramatic eyes and statement lips to really stand out from the crowd.

Have a beauty question you want to see the panel answer? Send it our way at [email protected]. Read on for the answers to this week’s challenge and for more goodness, get to know all contributors on our Beauty Panel hub page.


TIFF red carpet beauty Elaine

Elaine Atkins
Toronto | Toronto Beauty Reviews

TIFF is in town and it’s one of my favourite times of the year in Toronto. Normally I am stalking the red carpets not walking them with celebs, but if were to walk a red carpet I would definitely go with dramatic makeup.

Normally smoky eyes and a bold lip don’t go to together but I think in order to stand out on the red carpet you need to go heavier with the makeup in general.

For this look I did a smoky eye with purple and burgundy – yes burgundy! But I made sure do to a strong black liner so I didn’t look like a vampire. Bronzer to contour the cheeks plus a pop of bright colour on the cheeks will make sure the cheek bones stand out in photos.  Lastly a bright dramatic lip completes the look.

Products used: Custom eyeshadow palette from Sweet Grass Spa; Cover Girl Clean Glow Bronzer; Benefit Rockateur Cheek Colour; L’Oréal Infalliable  Superslim 12H liner; Cover Girl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in “Red-Hot Flame,” Caryl Baker Visage lip liner and gloss in “Desire” and “Corruption.”

TIFF red carpet beauty Stephanie

Stephanie Lau
Toronto | Fun Size Beauty

If I were attending TIFF sometime this week, my hang-out area of choice would be at a glamourous celeb after-party of sorts. I’d be basking in the light of the stars, which would require a look that is elegant yet fun. 

For the makeup, I went for a medium brown in the crease and outer “v” of the eye and then patted a bit of a shimmery bronze shadow on the centre of the lid and tear duct to add dimension and a little glitz. Powder foundation is typically more photo friendly, so I swept Laura Mercier’s Loose Mineral Powder all over the face for a matte look. Last but not least, I applied a deep plum gloss from MAC in “Richly Revered.” 

For the hair, I think a simple side pony will suffice to keep the emphasis on the face. 

Products used: Stila Luxe Eyeshadow Palette, The Body Shop Colour Crush Eyeshadow in “Melt My Heart,” Cover Girl LashBlast Mascara, M.A.C Creamsheen Glass in “Richly Revered,” Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in “Real Sand,” Nars Blush Duo in “Hungry Heart,” Nyx Black Collection Liquid Liner, Nyc Bronzer in “Sunny,” Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base

TIFF red carpet beauty Marilou

Marilou Moles
Ottawa | Twenty York Street

Every red carpet event requires drama; however, do aim for refined drama in order to stand out in stunning and classy way. Pick one area to really shine whether it’s your hair, gown, make-up or your arm candy! 

TIFF is one perfect example of a parade of one glamorous evening gown after another. To avoid looking too costume-y, opt for understated elegance with your hair or make-up. Top buns and French braids may be trending this season but if there’s anything that’s always been a red carpet classic is straight hair. Just look at Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie and of course, Jennifer Aniston!

Create volume by applying dry shampoo in short bursts while blow-drying. Brush the hair smooth, part naturally and finish with an extra hold hair spray to keep the smoothness and the shape all night! Not only that this look does not take hours to accomplish, it gives you plenty of time to rub shoulders with celebrities while looking effortlessly chic all evening long! 

Products used: L’Oréal Infinium Hair Spray and Tresemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo.

TIFF red carpet beauty Shayna

Shayna Wiwierski
Winnipeg | A Pop of Colour

Although I live far from Toronto, if I was attending TIFF (or any red carpet for that matter), there is no doubt in my mind I would go with a smoky look with voluminous curled hair. It’s all about glam!

For this look I went with the Make Up For Ever Technicolor palette (hello, this palette is all about film!), which is limited edition, but the colours I used are all available in the regular MUFE line.  I turned up the smoulder factor with the brown, black, and cream, and then added some coats of mascara for major lashes, and a nude lip for the ultimate red carpet look.  For the hair, I curled it using a clipless one-inch curling iron for a romantic look. 

Products used: Make Up For Ever Technicolor Palette in “04”, “00”, “07” and “126”, Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravant mascara, IT Cosmetics IT-O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation in “Light,” Benefit HighBeam, Marc Jacobs LoveMarc Lip Gel in “Strange Magic,” Lancôme Artliner in “Noir,” Smashbox Bronze Lights bronzer in “Suntan Matte,” Benefit Rockateur blush and Sultra The Bombshell One-Inch Curling Iron.

TIFF red carpet beauty Shivani

Shivani Malhotra
Calgary | Adorable On Your Vanity

When the hypothetical question of what makeup would you wear for an after party at TIFF, I thought to myself, what would Freida Pinto do? I’m a big fan of simplicity and only highlighting your best features and she, in my opinion, does it best. Her look is rarely made up but she still stands out. I tried to do the same; tried to keep the look soft, romantic, but still enough to be red carpet worthy. 

For a clear, photogenic base, I used Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, which is one of the most camera friendly foundations. I contoured with theBalm Bahama Mama and highlighted with Benefit Girl Meets Pearl. And of course, I tapped a light hand of M.A.C Pinch Me blush. The eyes, which set the tone for the entire look are soft and romantic. I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in “16 Pink Beige” as an all over base and lightly smoked it out with the “taupe” shade from Annabelle’s Eyeshadow Quad in Pink A Boo. I lined the lower lashline with M.A.C Smolder Kohl and used two coats of Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara to finish it off. For the perfect pink gloss, I used Nars Dolce Vita Gloss.

Products used: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Lise Watier Portfolio Corrector, The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer, M.A.C Pinch Me Powder Blush, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Highlighter, Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Eyeshadow in “16 Pink Beige,” Annabelle Quad Eyeshdadow in “Pink A Boo,” Revlon Kajal Eyeliner in “Carbon Cleopatra,” M.A.C Kohl Liner in “Smolder,” Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara and Nars Dolce Vita Lipgloss.