Beauty Experts Think You're Forgetting These Tips

It isn't every day that you get to round up some of the beauty industry's biggest players in the same location to talk about the latest trends and innovations for their respective brands, but that's exactly what QVC did for its post-Oscar live broadcast on Feb. 28. Answering any questions about the best red carpet looks and how to get the looks at home, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to talk to Beachwaver's Sarah Potempa, Leigh Griffin of Tarte Cosmetics, and Jessica Foust of bareMinerals.

With the live broadcast happening just a few feet away, it was hard not to get caught up in all of the excitement. Luckily I was able to sit down with some industry professionals to get the latest scoop on the beauty looks of this season's red carpets.

From the upcoming trends and what we can expect in the next months to how to bring the red carpet look to our everyday lives and what we might be forgetting when we prep ourselves before bringing in the squad of makeup and hair tools, I certainly learned a thing or two after talking with these major gurus. Find out what they had to say to improve your beauty routine.

1. Always Start Your Makeup Routine With A Moisturizer


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15, $39, QVC

It might be obvious, but first and foremost, healthy skin is a must, Leigh Griffin of Tarte Cosmetics tells me. "All the makeup is starting with really healthy, fresh skin, really beautiful, bold highlight, and really bright lip," she says. "It all starts with great skin."

To get great, glowing skin, Griffin advises using the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea H20 moisturizer to start, following it with the Amazonian Clay Foundation. "It’s going to give a really nice matte finish, beautiful full coverage, and it’s going to be great for photography," she says.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea H20 Moisturizer, $39, Sephora

2. Primer Is Key


Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer, $32, Sephora

Griffin also notes that using primer is a game-changer in a makeup routine, saying, "I think it’s really making a comeback now. We’ve always said when you wear a primer, you extend the wear of your makeup by twelve hours."

2. Your Hair Tools Matter


Beachwaver Ceramic Rotating 1-Inch Curling Iron, $129, Amazon

You'll never see a red carpet without its fair share of perfectly tousled beach waves, according to Sarah Potempa, celebrity hairstylist and creator of tHe Beachwaver. With that being said, sleek, glamorous waves reminiscent of Old Hollywood have also been making the appearance at awards shows and premieres.

To get these healthy looking waves at home, Potempa emphasizes the importance of using the right tools. "You want is to invest in really good tools," she tells me. "You should not use old flat irons or curling irons because it will damage your hair."

When she says old tools, Potempa means the tools that have a dial or switch for heat settings, where you aren't able to tell exactly how hot your tools are. These tools might also only have four inch heaters, leaving your hair prone to hot spots and damages."

4. Taking Care Of Your Hair When You Sleep Is Important


Invisibobble Original, $8, Amazon

The hairstylist also emphasized the importance of switching up how your wear your hair when sleeping. Wrapping your hair clockwise in a bun can leave it damaged in specific areas, so it's always good to switch it up when you can.

5. Less Is More

bareMinerals Original Foundation, $29, Sephora

According to Jessica Foust of bareMinerals, spring and summer makeup will be seeing lots of cool tones, like lavender and blues. "A lot of purples for the eye, I even like some of those tones on the lip. Fresher, cooler tones I think will be really pretty," she tells me.

Pulling off the look is easier than it sounds, too. After all, "Less is more, says Foust. Foust also recommended serums to really target your skin when it comes to getting that red carpet healthy glow that celebrities all appear to have.