Last night I donned my gladdest rags and hit the streets of Shoreditch for InStyle magazine’s pre-BAFTA party to celebrate the best of British talent.
Held at Shoreditch House, in the amazing rooftop bar, the party brought together the best and brightest British stars, from Homeland’s Damian Lewis to up-and-coming actress and Downton star Lily James, to celebrate the country’s top talent ahead of next month’s BAFTAs.
To match InStyle’s monochrome March edition, the entire venue had been decked out with a beautiful black and white theme; even the canapes had been especially created to match the monochrome!
So amazing were the canapes in fact that I spent much of my evening gobbling down the delicious black and white bites – the monochrome pizzas were a particular favourite. It seems I wasn’t the only one with the same idea – a huge number of people were caught hovering near the in-house wood-burning pizza oven hoping to nab one of the freshly-made pizzas. Sadly my desperation to chow down on one of the incredible delicacies led to some seriously burnt fingers…
In addition to the foodie fun, I also managed to fit in a trip to the party photobooth (a party isn’t a party unless you have a ridiculous photographic memento to take home with you), as well as a quick beauty session with the amazing Lancome MUA Jason who was on-hand to provide make-up touches to any guests in need of a mid-party pamper.
While being primped and preened, I managed to glean a few pearls of wisdom from the make-up man himself…
* Try and apply your eyeshadow with your eye open – that way you can see what colour will be on show when you finish and open your eyes
* Gel eyeliner is a brilliant option when heading out for a night on the town – it sticks to the eyelid brilliantly and is unlikely to slide off your eyes and streak down your face
* Avoid going OTT on the highlighter – less is more as far as Jason is concerned – otherwise you risk going from glowing to shiny and that’s a look that nobody wants
* Be bold with your evening make-up; don’t be afraid to add a bit of smoke and smoulder to your eyes and give your cheeks a pop of colour with a bolder blush. If you’re heading to a club or event in a darkened room, your make-up needs to stand out a bit more than usual
So there you have it, straight from Lancome’s mouth. And, true to his word, my eye make-up stayed put all evening, my cheeks popped with the perfect amount of colour and the dewy highlighter glow was still there when I rolled myself home at a ghastly hour of the morning.
If only every event could come with a handy make-up man like Jason *sigh*.