You may not have heard the name Bruce Grayson before, but the stars have. As head makeup artist for the Oscars, he's currently putting the finishing touches on everything to guarantee a smooth show this Monday. He tells us how he handles teary post-acceptance puffy eyes and what makeup shades the stars will be wearing.
People sweat a lot under the lights, so how do you fix them up quickly? That's when you have the glam team sitting there offstage with a ton of products to help them get back together. It's amazing to watch if you've never seen it. There are three people, a stylist, a makeup artist and a hairdresser, all working together like the arms of a tarantula to get in there and clean them up, to stop their sweating, to re-place foundation, to re-curl eyelashes — all in about 40 seconds flat.
Keep reading . . .What's the most common Oscars makeup emergency? At the Oscars, when women come off stage sometimes their eyes are a mess and they look puffy because they're crying. I recently started use an eye roller as a quick treatment under the eyes to reduce puffiness and make their eyes look brighter. Then I re-place concealer and eyeshadow. So I carry multiple products with me: something for the eyes, something for the lips, something for the face and Kleenex.
Will any looks from Fashion Week be making an appearance at the Oscars? People are going to put their lips forward and have softer eyes, and obviously a very beautiful complexion. The shade I love best is Vegas Volt by MAC; it's gorgeous. Put a little clear MAC Lipglass on top to set it and you're done. I also like the softer, pinky corals that you'd match up with a smoky eye. The soft coral colours make lips look fuller in appearance, so you get multiple benefits — great colour and lips that look fuller. And red lips. Red is always a great colour, but now they're using more coral-y reds than blue reds. Blue reds only go on certain complexions anyway, so I like the new trend. There's also this new translucency to smoky eyes — you're going to see sheerer eye colours so that you can almost see the eyelid instead of it being completely darkened out.