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How I Got Ready For The Red Carpet

IMG_6193The Camp Soaring Eagle Gala was my first red carpet and on-air night with SmartFem Entertainment. As you can imagine, I was excited to not only work the event, but to experience the preparation for an evening of glamour.

“How did you prep?”

The night before the event I made sure to use my Aztec clay face mask, which I mix with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. The day of I used my Freeman charcoal and black sugar face mask, which is great for exfoliation, and ensuring my complexion is clean and ready for makeup.

“What about hair and makeup?”

I started with a clean, moisturized face. I then used a damp Beauty Blender to apply my foundation, which I mixed on the back of my hand. I used two, my Clinique foundation which is fair, and my DeVita tinted moisturizer in medium. These two mixed together gave the shade I needed for the camera. I then applied my under-eye concealer in the shape of an upside triangle. I used the Beauty Blender to really work this into my skin. I then set it with Ben Nye translucent powder, and used a damp triangle sponge to “bake” my face.

To do this you apply generous amounts of the translucent powder in a triangle shape, leave it for five minutes, then use a powder brush to lightly dust the powder away. This technique bounces the light off your face, keeping you looking bright eyed with no under-eye circles.

Next was eyeshadow, liner, mascara and blush/bronzer. I also colored in my eyebrows and used a gel to keep them in place.

For hair I simply curled and sprayed each strand with hairspray, then combed through with my fingers. I used a volumizing powder at my roots, and pulled half my hair up, securing with bobby pins.

“Who are you wearing?”

I knew I had to find a formal gown to wear for the evening. Knowing I would be on camera with lights, I opted for something that did not have too much bling, as I did not want to glow in the footage. I choose a Lipsy London strapless gown, with gorgeous wrapping.

Next was the shoes, bag and shawl. I found my black suede heels at Marshalls by Anne Michelle. My bag is vintage, which I found in an antique store, and love bringing it out whenever I can. I also already owned my shawl, which is a gray color with faux fur trim. This complemented the grayish-purple color of the dress, and came in handy when it got cold.

My jewelry was also all my own. I had purchased chandelier earrings and a multi-tiered cocktail ring with Swarovski crystals for IMG_3071formal evenings. I choose to go sans necklace because the dress did have some crystal application, and I did not want it to be a distraction from the beautiful design on the dress.

“What’s in your bag?”

For the evening I made sure to not leave home without some essentials. A beautiful compact mirror I found in Dubai helped me with my re-application of lipstick. I had a few Bandaids in case the new shoes proved to be damaging to my feet. I also made sure to bring my loose powder brush. This was a fantastic buy on Amazon! The handle is a tube, which unscrews from the bottom, and I can put whatever loose powder I want in it. The pump allows me to bring the powder to the brush for easy application and a shine-free face for the camera. Kleenex, my L’Oreal lipstick in Doutzen Nude, and Aquaphor were also tucked away for the night.

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Author: Amber Kahwaji

Amber is a SmartFem writer and correspondent who is currently working toward her degree in broadcast journalism from the Walter Cronkite school at ASU. She is fascinated by investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking.

Amber on the go: When Amber is not at the anchor desk for Cronkite News, or in front of the camera interviewing Scottsdale’s elite for SmartFem Entertainment, she can be found researching serial killers or binge watching HBO GO. A die-hard fan of films and old Hollywood, Amber loves to get lost in classic movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Casablanca.

Trained in acting Amber’s passion is to be in front of the camera, sharing stories and taking viewers with her every step of the way.

Follow Amber at  @amberkahwaji

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