Wow! I’ve been positively beaming all day, as I am now the proud owner of a shiny gold BAFTA award! The show I appear in, Made in Chelsea, won the award last Sunday. It felt completely surreal walking up onto the stage with my cast-mates – definitely one of those ‘pinch me’ moments!
Anyway, that’s enough gloating from me – let’s talk beauty. As you all know by now, I love glamming up for a big night out, and they certainly don’t come much bigger than the BAFTAs. This major occasion like this is not the time to be trying out radical new ideas, so I opted for my fool-proof party look: a an all-over glowing St Tropez tan, sultry dark eyes and pretty pink lips.
Here’s how I got red-carpet ready:
Step 1 – Get Glowing
I began my beauty regime the day before the event with a professional St.Tropez spray tan with tanning expert Michaella Bolder. Before my tan, I thoroughly exfoliated and moisturised my skin with St. Tropez Body Polisher and St. Tropez Tan Optimiser Moisturiser. This ensured I woke up on the morning of the event looking soft, smooth and gorgeously golden. If you’re applying your tan yourself, I recommend St. Tropez Self Tan Mousse for a streak free, flawless colour. Apply with a tanning mitt, starting at your feet and working upwards in circular motions.
Step 2 – A Base That Won’t Budge
I need a completely flawless face for the evening, so I started by applying the BareMinerals Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer. This disguises pores and provides an even base for foundation, preventing oiliness and shine. Then I applied Vichy’s Dermablend Dermasmooth Corrective Foundation with a foundation brush. It gives super-high coverage, ideal for facing the glare of stage lights. To complete my base I brushed on a layer of Clarins Ever Matte Mineral Powder for a perfect, long-lasting finish.
Step 3 – Sultry and Smoky
As you all know, I am a huge fan of the classic smoky eye – it’s sexy, chic and timeless. To create the look, I used the Too Faced Smokey Eye Shadow Collection Palette; I started by blending the taupe shade over my lids, from lash line to socket line. Next I dabbed the dark grey shade along my lash line, using a damp brush to intensify the colour. Finally, I applied the jet-black shade across my lids, deepening the colour at the outer edges and winging the eyeshadow outwards. Subtle blending is crucial, so take time to smudge the shades together as you apply.
Step 4 – Wide Eyed
Eyeliner is an essential component in this look, adding subtle definition. I applied Daniel Sandler Long Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner around the edges of my eyes – not on the waterline itself but very close to it – and gently smudged it for a glam rock-chick result. Finally I coated my lashes with a generous helping of Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara.
Step 5 – Got to Glow
To emphasise my all-over St Tropez tan, I chose one of my favourite bronzers – Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder. A quick dust across my cheekbones and temples created a flattering warm shimmer. A few dabs of Guerlain Terracotta Touch Glow Enhancing Perfector worked as subtle highlighter, completing my glowing golden sheen.
Step 6 – Pretty in Pink
I eschewed the traditional BAFTA ballgown on Sunday and instead chose a super-sexy shocking-pink jumpsuit. I like to look pretty and girlie but with an edge, so I thought it was the ideal choice. The same went for my make-up; my eyes were dark and sultry so I chose girlish pink lips as a contrast. I used Daniel Sandler Lipliner in Taffy, then applied Dior Addict Lipstick in Singuliere – a vibrant pop of colour that completed my show-stopping look.
It was an amazing evening and incredible feeling to win such a prestigious awards. Massive thanks to BAFTA for the award, huge hugs to my fellow MiC cast and crew, and big hugs all the viewers who’ve helped make our show such a hit. There’s no doubt about it, life is beautiful.