This past Sunday, I attended Style Coalition's Grammys Viewing Party, a fete for bloggers to mingle, get made over (there were makeup artists, hairstylists and a manicurist on hand), and watch the Grammys together.
Before we get into that, what is a post about a Grammys Viewing Party without a discussion of Grammys beauty? The theme of the overall red carpet (beauty. Fashion is another story) yesterday was "Old Hollywood," which is industry speak for minimal eye and red lips.
I just have to highlight the red Alaia perfection that Rihanna donned to the event. Now that is a gown!
The other celebrities chose to be as tame as possible, the exception being Jennifer Lopez, who along with wearing a dress with a slit up to her waist, chose an interesting eyeliner technique.
Dress picture not attached for, um, decency.
A couple of other stars I thought looked good:
Opening myself up for similar judgment, here's what I wore to the party. I wish I could go sans tights, but I am an absolute chicken when it comes to cold weather, even if all I had to endure was the one minute between going out of the door and into the cab. What can I say? I was born in a tropical country.
The cruel irony in going to a party with professional hair stylists and manicurists doling out complimentary treatments? I already spent three hours the day before on my nails and my hair was so short it didn't need styling. The only plus was, because I was ambitious and did some nail art, I got to "walk" on a simulation of the E! Mani-Cam that Covergirl sponsors at the Grammy's.
Speaking of the E! Mani-Cam. I'm surprised so many of those celebrities were not briefed on what to do when they stick their fingers in. They lay them flat on the carpet so what we get are their knuckles. Teehee, I guess celebs don't watch reruns of awards shows.
Since makeup was the only thing I could play with, I plonked myself in front of the sweetest makeup artist Jennifer Fleming, who gave me a Covergirl makeover. I wanted to try the new Outlast 3-in-1 Foundation (purported primer, foundation, and concealer in a bottle), but since I already had my face on, she dabbed on a little of the Concealer Balm instead. Full coverage and moisturizing! No word on lasting power because I only had my makeup on after for three hours, but at least within that time frame, it held up.
I also tried one of the Jumbo Gloss Balms in a nude shade. It was pretty. She layered it with a pink shade in the center of the mouth to give the otherwise "concealer lip" some depth.
Oh, here's a makeup technique anecdote! At one point, a partygoer (who looked like she could be Rose Byrne's sister. So pretty) turned to Jennifer and asked her how to apply blush, because she always felt like she puts on too much. She explained that because she's pale, she layers her blush with bronzer and that seems to make her cheeks look overpowering. The makeup artist told her she didn't need bronzer (she didn't. Pale is beautiful too!) but if she really wanted to keep it in her routine, just apply it to the outer corners of the cheek and concentrate the blush on just the apples of the cheeks. I'm going to try this and see how it looks!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by COVERGIRL and Style Coalition.