Exclusive: TV BAFTAs 2014: Top celebrity make-up, hair and tanning secrets!

Published Friday, May 16 2014, 18:20 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
The stars will be waltzing down the red carpet at the TV BAFTAs 2014 this weekend (18 May), and we've got the gossip on all their hair, make-up and tanning secrets!

Reveal went backstage at the exclusive pre-BAFTA suites - held at the rather swanky Corinthia Hotel in London - to uncover the tricks of the trade...

1. Hair by Mark Hill

A fab (or not so fab) hairdo can make or break an outfit, so it's hardly surprising celebs like to leave their barnets in the hands of the professionals. Last year the Mark Hill team tended to the locks of many a celeb - including Millie Mackintosh - and we're expecting equally gorgeous hairdos this year.

Millie Mackintosh attends the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs) 2013 in London, England - 12 May 2013


The Mark Hill team styled the lovely Millie Mackintosh's hair for the TV BAFTAs 2013.

Things we learnt from Celebrity Hairdresser Mark Hill...

What do you think will be the big hair trends this year?

"Waves are always a hot look for the red carpet, especially when ultra-smooth and glam. Side-swept waves from a deep off-centre parting will be a great look, as they can be changed to suit everyone's hair type and face shape.

"Hair with texture will also be a hot trend - the addition of a small plait, twist or braid changes any style from ordinary to extraordinary."

How long does it take to do each celebs' hair on the day?

"Everyone's hair is different. Some people might want a very simple updo, others something more technical, and others a great blow-dry. So time-wise, anything from 15 minutes right through to an hour. During the day, the team generally do just over 100 celebs - that's quite a lot of hairspray!"

Tips for getting a voluminous 'do which stays put all night?

"Like any good style, the key to making it last longer is a great blow-dry. Start with a mousse which will add hold without being sticky, and then blow-dry using a large round brush. Once dry, use heated rollers or a wand to create extra bounce and movement. Always finish with a great hairspray."

How do you create a mega-glossy look?

"Everyone who is nominated for a BAFTA gets a set of Mark Hill MiracOILicious products. On the day itself, technique plays a big part in making hair shiny; make sure you always protect from heated appliances with heat protection spray, and point your hairdryer down the hair from root to tip as you dry. I finish every style with Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Bedazzled Anti Humidity Shine Spray, £5.99 - not only will it protect your style from warm, humid atmospheres, it also adds a great shine."

Holly Willoughby attends the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs) 2013 in London, England - 12 May 2013

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Holly Willoughby sizzled in a bright red frock with a racy thigh-high slit at last year's ceremony.

2. Make-up by MAC Cosmetics

The pièce de résistance of any red carpet look has to be fab make-up, using colours and textures which complement the chosen dress perfectly. The MAC Pro team will be on hand for the 11th year running, helping to beautify VIPs before they hit the unforgiving glare of the photographers' flashbulbs!

Things we learnt from MAC Senior Artist Rebecca Butterworth...

What lip and eye trends do you expect to see this year?

"Coral is the new red, so lips will be softened with shades of apricot and watermelon. Eye make-up will reference the elegantly lined eye of the 1950s and 1960s - think Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn - in slicks of softened charcoals or earthy browns."

Tips for getting A-list skin?

"A-list skin should look clean, smooth and polished. I like to sculpt using creamy highlighters that reflect well in flashlight. MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl, £15, brushed onto the high points of the face quickly mimics the look of high-maintenance skin."

What's the best way to make skin look good when being photographed?

"Powder, powder, powder! Don't be afraid of powder! There's nothing glowy about looking shiny in the wrong places. Powder technology has moved on so much, and there's lots of formulations to choose from. I use MAC Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder, £20, and a firm brush to press powder into the hotspots on the forehead, around the nostrils and on the cheeks, directly under the eyes."

Millie Mackintosh, Louise Thompson, Binky Felstead and Lucy Watson attend the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs) 2013 in London, England - 12 May 2013

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Last year, the cast of Made In Chelsea scooped the 'Best Reality or Constructed Factual' prize.

What is a typical BAFTA day like for you?

"I may be helping to get up to three or four clients ready for the awards, so it can be a busy day. In the morning I'll check and pack my kit, make sure I've got all my essentials. If I haven't worked with the client before, I'll Google some pictures of them to see what kind of make-up they've done in the past on the red carpet.

"Then it's into the taxi and off to my first appointment. Unpack my kit, do their make-up, pack up and onto the next! If I'm attending the awards too, once I've done all my appointments, I'll dash back to the hotel and quickly throw on my dress, brush my hair and top up my make-up."

3. Tan by St. Tropez

A-listers love to accessorise their outfits with a faux glow, and St. Tropez will be bronzing up the likes of Michelle Keegan, Laura Whitmore and Susanna Reid ahead of the ceremony. Celebs will either pay a visit to the tanning suite at the Corinthia, or pro tanners will visit the starlets at home to ensure they're looking sunkissed and fabulous!

Things we learnt from St. Tropez Skin Finishing Expert Jules Heptonstall...

What kind of tan will be big this year - a subtle look or a full-on Marbs glow?

"Bespoke tans will be huge this year with the launch of St. Tropez Self Tan Express Mousse, £33 - leave it on for one hour for a light golden glow, or three hours for a deep dark tan. At London Fashion Week it was all about dark tanning for spring/summer. For example, at Topshop we sprayed the girls with five coats of tan to get that deep golden, Californian glow.

"But for the red carpet the trend is to have a much softer tan, using it to lift the complexion and hide fatigue, rather than deliver a strong level of colour."

Laura Whitmore attends the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs) 2013 in London, England - 12 May 2013

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Laura Whitmore rocked a St. Tropez tan last year, and the team will be tanning her for this year's ceremony too.

Has a celeb ever come to you on BAFTA day with a dodgy fake tan and, if so, how did you patch it up?

"Not on BAFTA day, but I have seen some terrible tanning mistakes! Before any tan-correction work takes place, I like to get to the bottom of what has happened to get that result, that way it won't happen again! I can be quite strict with my clients, they like it though... I think. With tanning mistakes it's important to never get yourself into that mess in the first place. Tanning requires a level of attention to detail.

"To tan correct, scrub the skin with a light body polish to remove the very top layer of tan (if there is a streak on one leg, I'll still polish both to make sure they fade evenly). I'll then use St. Tropez Instant Tan Wash Off Lotion, £10, to patch over the streaks, blending with a dual fibre brush."

Any tips for making yourself look slimmer using fake tan?

"With one full-body application of self tan, you'll naturally appear slimmer as the outline of your shape will be more noticeable. But to go that extra mile you can use tan to contour your body. Add an additional layer the day after the full-body tan to your inner thighs, outer torso, and a light layer underneath your jawline to contour.

"To take it to the next level, using a foundation brush, mix a small amount of tan with moisturiser and apply underneath your cheekbones, on the outer part of your nose and across your brow line to add semi-permanent definition to the face."

What are your top hair, make-up and tan tips? Let us know by commenting below as the best comment across the site each week wins £50!

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