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TIFF backstage beauty special: How to get Lily Collins' red carpet look

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TIFF backstage beauty special: How to get Lily Collins' red carpet look

Actress Lily Collin’s at the TIFF premiere of Writers at Ryerson Theatre on September 9. Image courtesy of Brill Communications.

When it comes to getting celebs ready for the red carpet, Victoria's Secret know best. We chatted with Beau Nelson, the celebrity makeup artist who, along with the reigning lingerie giant's cosmetic line, created Lily Collins' glowing look for the red carpet premiere of her latest flick, Josh Boone's touching family drama Writers, at TIFF this year.

How do you determine a red carpet beauty look? "When I am working with someone I take into account every bit of information I can. I like to know about them, and what they do and do not like, but also what they want to feel like that evening. It's that feeling more than anything that I go with and try to create a look based on that, that works with the person's age, personality, dress, hair and jewellery to allow them to put that part of their personality on display." How do you apply makeup so that it lasts throughout the night? "I like to start with a primer, like VS Pro Airbrush FX Illuminating primer, which helps makeup last all day, and I finish by setting makeup with a powder like VS Pro Illuminating Face Powder, which has two sides - a matte side and an illuminating side - so I can control the shine where needed and let the glow come out where I want it." Read on for more of Lily's red carpet beauty look! How do you decide what look to create for Lily? "It’s a discussion between us, and what we both think will work for the dress. At TIFF, we decided that we would focus on the lashes and use a ton of Voluptuous Volume Mascara in the blackest shade so that her eyes stood out but without looking very made up. We wanted her skin to look luminous and pretty, and that to be the focus of the look." What does a celeb pack in her clutch for quick touch-ups? " Lip colour like Color Drama Heartfelt lipstick, which I used on Lily’s cheeks AND lips, and a pressed powder, like Light 10 Mineral Face Powder, which I sent with Lily on the red carpet."
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TIFF backstage beauty special: How to get Lily Collins' red carpet look