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Golden Globes red carpet: Your Inauguration beauty cheat sheet

Sunday’s red carpet showing couldn’t have come at a better time for those who have scooped up tickets to the inaugural balls and events taking over Washington this weekend. The stars of the Golden Globes showcased some of the top beauty trends of the year that can be recreated at home.

Carola Gonzalez, make-up artist for “Scandal” star Kerry Washington, says one of the best beauty trends to mimic for for a ball is adding a little sparkle to the eyes.

“People always tend to do a smokier eye in the evening, but you can make it a little more sparkly and more modern put a little bit of something with a shimmer,” Gonzalez says.

Kerry Washington (John Shearer/Invision)

For Washington’s eyes, Gonzalez used a Lancome eye shadow in lilac, applying it on the inner corner and a faint line on the lower lash line. Gonzalez kept the rest of the beauty look simple and fairly natural. The minimal makeup look was another big trend with Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Kristen Bell.

Amanda Seyfried (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

“I feel nowadays people are keeping it simple and subtle and soft,” Gonzalez says. “Less is more.”

The trick for light-looking foundation Gonzalez says is to apply with a brush and buff it into the skin. “If you apply foundation with a sponge it is going to be thicker.”

Blending is also important when it comes to blush, Gonzalez says. Using a sponge to almost blend with foundation is a good way to achieve a light tint.

Though red gowns were plentiful on the red carpet, lips were coated in other shades including raspberry and peach. Best actress winner Jessica Chastain went with the berry-inspired hue, as did Isla Fisher and Rachel Weisz.

Jessica Chastain (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

“The berry like colors are very in right now. Just make sure when you buy a lipstick it complements your skin tone and makes your skin pop,” Gonzalez says.

For white gowns, as well as solids like black, grey and navy, Gonzalez recommends a dark lip. But for pastels she suggests staying lighter. “A nude lip is always a classic.”


Allison Williams (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

More on inaugural fashion:

Inaugural fashion through the years

The agony and ecstasy of creating inaugural gowns


Cara Kelly manages the development of editorial tools and presentation for new products and user experiences. She previously worked in the Style section, following the completion of her MA in journalism at American University.



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