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Oscar Recap: Backstage Secrets From A Makeup Artist!

Wed, March 2, 2011 4:26pm EDT by Add first Comment
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It takes a lot of work to keep your favorite stars looking camera-ready all Oscar night!

One man is responsible for much of the beauty we saw at Feb. 27’s Oscars: Olay Celebrity Makeup Artist Bruce Grayson, the 2011 Academy Awards Makeup Department Head! Bruce was responsible for making sure everyone who went on stage looked totally perfect. Since he obviously knows how to make people look their very best the whole night through, we find out his go-to tips for making makeup last!

At the Oscars, Bruce really likes to keep what they do backstage minimal: “I don’t like to use too much makeup when I’m doing touch-ups because most people come to me with a full face of makeup, so adding another layer will actually break it down.” Below, he shares a few of his favorite tricks to keep makeup from fading and smearing. The biggest surprise? He says it’s all about the skincare products you use before you even touch the makeup!

  • The most important step is to begin by using a toner and a cleanser. These will provide a clean canvas for your makeup. Try Olay Oil-Minimizing Toner and Olay Shine Control Lathering Cleanser— both were formulated to eliminate grease!
  • Though primer can be great for helping to keep makeup in place, Bruce says he doesn’t recommend using too much of it. He prefers to skip the primer altogether and use a moisturizer that acts as a makeup base, like Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream: “it prevents pores from absorbing makeup – that’s a really good trick!”

We’re definitely going to try these skincare ideas the next time we have a long night of looking gorgeous ahead of us!

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–Allie Jordan