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Lancome's Shehla Shaikh Gives A Lesson In Red Carpet-Worthy Makeup

14/08/2014 16:39 | Updated 20 May 2015

Lancome makeup artist Shehla Shaikh knows a thing or two about red carpet makeup. She's worked with everyone from Sienna Miller to Poppy Delevingne and she'll be the girl behind many of the A-list beauty looks at the BAFTAs 2014.

We caught up with her at the pre-BAFTAs styling suite at The Savoy Hotel to find out her secrets for getting makeup last all night long and the best ways to make skin glow.

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Talk us through your schedule for BAFTAs day...

I start at 9:30 and I usually work on six different clients throughout the day. I spend at least an hour with each - I really feel under pressure to make that person feel comfortable. The makeup is really a collaboration with the stylist and hairdresser as we have to find a look that suits both.

Do you get requests for a certain look?

9 out of 10 times, I get asked to concentrate on the eyes for red carpet events. I'll use Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara with an eye palette such as Hypnose Star Eyes in the rose gold Terre D'Ivoire shades.

How to you get skin to appear flawless, without looking like it's caked in makeup?

The secret is not to layer on too many products, otherwise you'll get a film on the skin. Use smaller quantities and blot between each layer that you apply. I always start with a primer, then I'll build up the coverage from there. I finish by dusting a powder of the t-zone to seal the look and maintain that radiance on cheeks.

What's your top tip for keeping makeup budge-proof?

With lipstick, try blotting it to really compress the colour. When it comes to the complexion, using a primer as a base is key.

How much do beauty trends influence red carpet makeup?

It's more about finding a look that will suit that person, in that dress, on that night. I might try and incorporate a trend but lifting a look directly from the catwalk doesn't tend to work.

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