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ET’s Carly Steel Shares Details About What REALLY Goes Into Her Effortless Red Carpet Looks

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How do you go about your hair and makeup? Do you always plan your makeup around your outfit or have you ever been so inspired by a hair or makeup trend that you coordinated your outfit around your beauty look?

I always start with the outfit and do the hair and makeup accordingly, especially in terms of the neckline for the hair, and color for the makeup. However, I do have a classic makeup look that is my go-to, regardless of what I’m wearing. I’m very influenced by the 60s, so basically it’s the Adele eye and eyebrow (retro eye makeup) .¨ light eyelids, dark contour, nude eyeliner on the lower inside lid, precise liquid cat eyeliner on top, lots of lashes, but [also] modernizing it with facial contouring and dewy skin. For hair, I also like it slightly 60s and vary two styles .¨ either down with the Britt Eckland/Bardot style bangs or in a ponytail with height at the crown. For the pony look, if I like it long I also use .≤Cousin It’ .¨ my nickname for my hair extensions.

What is your favorite look that you’ve ever worn on a red carpet?

My favorite red carpet look thus far, when I really felt like everything came together, was for the How to Train Your Dragon 2 premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. Walking the Cannes carpet is always really special and the natural light there makes everyone look their best. I was wearing a very flattering, architectural baby pink dress which was very unique, my hair and makeup was done by L’Oreal Paris official, and we decided on a Bridget Bardot inspired look, I was wearing [approximately] $100,000 of de Grisogono jewels which matched perfectly and always makes a girl feel her best, champagne Jimmy Choos, and a Swarovski clutch. It was such a glamorous evening.

What’s the craziest red carpet look you’ve seen while interviewing on the red carpet?

Basically anything coming down the carpet at the Grammys! Bleona from Euros of Hollywood wore a Rihanna-inspired ensemble consisting of basically nothing except pasties and a thong when I interviewed her on the live show at the American Music Awards in 2014. I’d met her earlier in the year at the Monaco Grand Prix when she was more conservatively attired. It was difficult to maintain eye contact!

There are millions of girls out there that love the fantasy and the glamour of the red carpet. For the girls who will never walk one, what fashion tips would you recommend to someone who wants to emulate the glamour of the red carpet?

The beauty of social media is that you don’t need the red carpet as an excuse to get dressed up or for people to see your fashion choices .¨ you can create the red carpet anywhere as long as you have a good camera phone! My tips are: take a test photo in your room first to see how the outfit is translating on camera – know your angles, posture is everything, confidence and happiness are key too. My favorite pictures, regardless of what I’m wearing, are when I was happiest. It gives you a glow and is that unknown .≤It’ factor that can’t be faked. And when all else fails, face masks are great before taking photos. I love the Talika hydrating masks that are in individual sachets. Form-fitting silhouettes in solid colors are also better .¨ that’s why I love dresses that are inspired by the classic Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney, and Roland Mouret dresses, and you can get similar ones in less expensive stores like Karen Millen, Halston, and BCBG so invest in a couple of classic dresses. [Form-fitting] does not mean tight; it should be the correct size (and aided and abetted by shapewear .¨ always necessary) but loose, flowy or blouson [shapes] tend to be unflattering in photos. Black or midnight blue are always the most slimming, but if you want to stand out and are feeling more bold, a color will always get you more attention. In my opinion, no one looks good in chartreuse so avoid that color! If you are a jeans and shirt girl, don’t shy away from dresses; they are not only feminine but also hide a multitude of sins and are one and done!

I don’t ever think you can be too dressed up, but less is more on the accessories: keep it simple. I have a pair of diamond studs and a silver cocktail ring I wear with just about everything. Also, once you’ve had something photographed and people have seen it, it loses its luster .¨ for me anyway .¨ so don’t buy dresses that are terribly expensive and too trendy. Instead, invest in classic, timeless, flattering pieces that will work day to evening and all year round.

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Photo Credit

Photographer: Diana Ragland

Makeup Artist: Garret Gervais

Hair Stylist: Michael Goyette

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