Red Carpet Beauty: 2012 Sundance Film Festival Thursday 26 January, 2012

The beauty at Sundance is both glamorous (love that red lip, Kate Bosworth!) and sweet (beach-y waves are redone for the snowy streets of Park City for Dreama Walker). Here’s a breakdown of prep and priming for some of Sundance’s beauty.

I’ll be honest: I’m a little bit obsessed with the Sundance Film Festival. I got to go once, long, long ago (thanks CND! It was so fun…), but only that one time. I met Dennis Leary, and I saw Paris Hilton being ridiculous (not much has changed, right?). And, because my trip was short and beauty-focused, I didn’t get to screen any films. But each year, I voraciously read the reviews that come out of Sundance, and this year I’ve been following New York Magazine‘s daily assessment online. One movie that was mentioned, Compliance, drew tons of controversy, but most people aligned on the fact that lead actress Dreama Walker did an amazing job.

 Dreama Walker Sundance Beauty

Of course, actresses attending Sundance need to get their beauty on, per the usual, and Dreama tapped hairstylist David Stanwell to lavish on her some amazing waves for the Compliance premiere. “I went over her unwashed hair lightly with Leonor Greyls Serum de Soie Sublimateur so that I could go through and re-curl the hair without damaging it,” he says. “I created a soft beach wave with a braid in the front, which is a good way to keep the hair off her face.” Beautiful and youthful—and completely high-altitude appropriate.

For Kate Bosworth, who’s making the rounds through snow and swag at Sundance to promote Black Rock, changing up her makeup looks to suit different events works like a charm. I’ve always loved when Kate goes bold with her makeup, so her red lip at the Black Rock premiere really hit the mark for me.

The makeup artist behind the lip, Kelsey Deenihan (using Votre Vu products), breaks down how to prep for the look, plus how to give good face at press calls (as Kate did for the Black Rock press call).

 Kate Bosworth Red Lip Sundance


The Look: Clean skin with a full-blast red lip. “I wanted Kate’s makeup to be fresh and natural but with a bold classic red lip,” Kelsey relays.

The Prep:

1. Massage Attentive Creme de Jour for Sensitive Skin all over the face and neck. “This cream is great because it calms the skin and replenishes moisture—especially in these weather conditions,” Kelsey says.

2. Lightly apply Tout le Monde Antioxidant Eye Gelee under the eyes to keep the eye area looking refreshed.

3. Before applying eye shadow, dab onto lids Sensational Eyes Eye Primer in Medium to create a long-lasting base for your shadow design.

4. Pat on a drop of Attentive Serum Delicat Pour Le Visage on the face, massaging it in starting at the center of the face and moving outward.

5. To ensure a non-slip red lip, apply Champagne Kisses Lip Treatment as a base. “I didn’t line Kate’s lips so the Champagne Kisses pulled double-duty by moisturizing and preventing the lipstick from bleeding out,” Kelsey says.


 Kate Bosworth Sundance Beauty Press Event


The Look: Light-as-air makeup—natural and mega-moisturized. “Kate was doing a full day of press for her movie, so we needed the skin to be extremely hydrated to prevent the makeup from looking heavy…especially in this freezing, dry air,” Kelsey relays.

The Prep:

1. Same four steps as above… plus:

5. Smooth lips with Champagne Kisses lip treatment. “This prevented the elements from really chapping the lips,” Kelsey says.


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(Photos: courtesy of Votre Vu and Leonor Greyl; Beauty Launchpad)


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