Ahhh at last, I’m finally getting time to write this out, at long last. It’s been a crazy few weeks to say the least, hence to why I am only getting chance to write this post now.
As the title reveals, YES I worked at the BAFTAS 2018!
The British Academy of Film & Television Awards, if we’re being proper here.
I worked the BAFTA Weekend with my Lancôme Family at The Savoy Hotel in London – Home to the Luxurious Lancôme Suite.
If I’m being honest, it still feels a bit weird to type it out and put on my CV ‘Lancôme BAFTA Make-up Artist 2018’.
The only way to some up the entire working weekend, would be to say I was in an exquisite magical bubble for the entire weekend, which just floated by so quickly and I definitely landed on Cloud 9.
I felt incredibly lucky and blessed to have been chosen to be part of the small Lancôme BAFTA Make-up Team, working under our top Lancôme UK Make-up Artist, Fortunato Benavoli.
The Lancôme Suite
I can’t even tell you how beautiful, the Lancôme suite was that we worked in. Every detail oozed Lancôme Luxe. The fresh real pink rose decor, the Lancôme fragranced candle burning away silently in the background, scented the whole suite. Vases filled with minature La Vie est Belle & Tresor La Nuit perfumes for guests to take, sat next to face charts created by the King of Face Charts Alex Babsky, created to inspire our guests who awaited make-up in the suite, layed upon a beautiful mirrored glass table. Individual Black and White Make-up stations adorned every required Lancôme product needed for a red carpet look, organised side by side. Modern 1950s light up mirrors, with Lancôme branded directors Make-up chairs finished off the luxury stations perfectly, what a way to get our guests in the BAFTA spirit.
To the left of the Make-up Station was the Lancôme photography room. Yes a whole room, for photos. Lancôme knows.
The room had a grand floor to ceiling flower wall, embellished with real soft pink roses of all sizes & fairytale forest greenery. In the centre a neon Lancôme Logo, shon through the floral backdrop.
About 8 cameras stood in front of the backdrop, cos you know why have 1 when you can have 8… these made the perfect gif.
But expect to nail the perfect one after around 23 attempts, which ends to slowing down the viewing machine, which ends to having an internal melt down after seeing 3 chins you were in denial about, which leads to the anxiety of the whole queue thats formed seeing your failed attempts, in which you end up asking the guy in charge for posing tips, to avoid the piggy face or tum being on show. We were all guilty of this, right Marek? Hahaha.
We all loved this, especially the guests. After you had nailed your pose, you could view it on the fancy vending style machine. Send it, print it or share it, instantly!
In the room next to this was the bathroom of all bathrooms. Imagine a Savoy Suite bathroom decorated with every Lancôme skincare product required for a perfect base for red carpet make-up. Head over to @esteelalonde ‘s Instagram to see how big this bath really was!
Grand visuals hung around the suite of our stunning Lancôme ambassadoress’. Kate Winslet’s portrait hung next to me, everyone commented how gorgeous she looked. The pressure was on.
I couldn’t have asked for a better team to have around me for my first BAFTA experience. I was the only one who has travelled from ‘reet up north’ from Leeds, so I was a little nervous.
Make-up Artists I worked with which I would highly recommend you check out their instagrams:
Skincare Experts were Tiffany @Tiffany712 and Ezra, having these girls there to prep the skin, was a dream, you were a huge help ladies!
So the big question, who’s make-up did you do!?
Honestly, I lost count I must have painted at least 20 fabulous faces, across the whole weekend. I met some wonderful ladies of all ages from London, Ireland, Scotland, LA, Italy & California. I was lucky to make-up a few of the nominees, a few ladies which come to mind include:
Mary H. Ellis, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, & Jennifer Evans
The last person I made up was the beautiful Lancôme Blogger & influencer, Manal who goes by the handle (@chinutay).
To know what I used on Manal & other attendee’s please view Lancome page, by clicking here.
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Thanks for reading,