Have you ever wondered what it takes to look like a VIP? And when I mean VIP, I mean worthy of walking the red carpet of the biggest award ceremony in the television calendar – the BAFTA TV awards.
The BAFTA TV awards 2015 are taking place in London’s Theatre Royal on 10 May, but the celebrities start getting red carpet ready at least a month before that. This year, Bafta has partnered with the luxurious five star Corinthia hotel to host some ‘Style Suites’, containing all the elements a celebrity needs to make it into the Best Dressed section of the magazines. They can literally walk in wearing their skinny jeans and shades and emerge looking a million dollars having sorted an outfit, tanning, make-up, nails, hair and jewellery. Want to know what happens at each stage? I went through the process so I can talk you through each step. This is how I looked at the beginning:
And this is how I looked at the end. I couldn’t believe it.
All our fave TV stars follow this process – Tess Daly, Claudia Winkleman, Sheridan Smith and Olivia Colman will be getting ready the way I did.
It all starts with preparing the body by creating a base colour. St Tropez is the self-tan of choice for so many celebrities so I wasn’t surprised that they were involved in this event. I met tanner Jules Heptonstall, who has tanned celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Poppy Delevingne and Kate Moss. He applied a spray tan and then topped it up to create a glow that would attract attention from the flashbulbs.
Next was the hair, where I met Mark Hill and his team of creative experts. How often do you get two men working on your hair at once – this is uber VIP. It took just 10 minutes to do my hair, using Mark’s gorgeous products.
MAC is the make-up partner, which I was really excited about as I wear it a lot, after getting into it during London Fashion Week one year (they’re the official make-up partner for it). I went for a soft smokey eye and a neutral lip and kept the foundation light with a pink blush to show off and complement the St Tropez glow.
With the grooming sorted, I found a gorgeous dress from a selection provided from House of Fraser. Now this bit was every girls dream. There were rows and rows of dresses – golds and pinks and blacks. Some were long, some were short and some were embellished and some were plain. I opted for something spectacular in red, which was from the Biba brand. What do you think?
If you like it as much as I do, its available on the House of Fraser website.
And finally, the icing on the cake is always the jewellery and trust me, I went for lots of ice. I wore a lovely diamond bracelet from Carat, some ear-rings and this gorgeous ring. Again, it was every girls dream. Once I’d chosen my dress, a lovely lady suggested what jewellery would emphasise the best features of my outfit. We didn’t want to ruin the neckline of the dress but it was vital to have some sparkly things!
Here’s the finished look, which I’m sure everyone would agree is an improvement on my starting photo. I truly felt red carpet ready after treatments by St Tropez, Mac, Mark Hill, House of Fraser and Carat in the stylish surroundings of the Corinthia hotel. If you want to feel like a VIP too, then you need all these things in your life.