After a fun-filled week of Oscar events like the 7th Annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Party (attended by Jessica Alba, James Cameron, Benji and Joel Madden, Nicole Scherzinger, Serena Williams, and more celebs), I finally get to pick the brain of makeup artist to the stars Bruce Grayson, whose work we’ll be seeing all over our TV screens tomorrow at the Academy Awards.
As head makeup artist for the Oscars, Bruce is responsible for touching up every A-list mug in town before he or she goes onstage to present or backstage to accept an award. He has worked on Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Brooke Shields, Rosario Dawson, Kate Walsh, Denzel Washington, Sarah Silverman, Hayden Panettiere, Sarah Rue, the Clintons … the list goes on! (Fun fact: Bruce’s father, David Grayson, perfected the faces of Hollywood legends like Lauren Bacall and John Wayne.) Here, Bruce shares his red carpet predictions and his favorite get-glam-quick tips for special events:
The Daily Obsession: So, Bruce, what are the big trends we’ll be seeing on the red carpet this year?
Bruce Grayson: It’s always about picking the best feature, eyes or lips, and creating a glowing complexion, which makes up most of the face. Getting your skin in shape does the work for you. We’re going to see a more transparent smoky, sultry eye, not too much darkness around the eye, and more shades like slate gray, beige and brown … with a soft, pinky-coral lip, which makes lips look bigger. For red lips, we may see bright, matte, unique colors like the coral shade that January Jones wore to the Emmys.
TDO: How crazy is it backstage at the Oscars, and what tricks you use to touch everyone up swiftly?
BG: We have very little time to do powdering and touchups between dancers, presenters, hosts and winners backstage. It’s like a freight train! … I don’t like to use too much powder on people because it creates more texture, and texture shows any imperfections you might have. I prefer to use blotting papers, or to separate a two-ply tissue and use one ply to blot for more absorption. If I do use powder, I like to use an invisible or translucent pressed powder by T. LeClerc. I also like MAC Pro Set Powder in Invisible and Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder.And I just shake off most of the powder [from the brush] for a sheer application.
TDO: Since getting a good complexion is key, what are the best products for achieving that in a rush?
BG: I always tell [my clients], ‘no salt, no caffeine and drink lots of water.’ Olay Pro-X Intensive Firming Treatment Kitis a great product to use. It’s like a double whammy for the skin. It has a hydrating mask and improves elasticity. Within five days, you’ll see younger, firmer skin. I also like to use Olay Professional Pro-X Hydra Firming Creammixed with Evian water. And the Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Rolleris a favorite quick fix for puffiness. To even up skin, I like to use Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.It’s a dual-color concealer pan. You don’t even need to use foundation.
And CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlastis a dual-sided stick that you can use to do a mindless smoky eye in seconds … it’s that simple. Just use an eyelash curler after and add two coats of mascara, a little of the Secret Camouflage, and you’re done! I like to use a lengthening and volumizing mascara to save time.
TDO: And speaking of January Jones, what are the best lip shades to use for the latest coral-red lip trend?
BG: I love MAC Amplified Creme Lipstickin Vegas Volt; it’s a vibrant coral that’s not too shimmery or matte. YSL Rouge Volupte in Red Temptation,and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencilin Dragon Girl or Lipstickin Casablanca are softer, matte, coral reds. You can top them with a clear gloss, then pair that with a sheer gold eyeshadow (YSL makes a good one) and curled lashes.