Ahead of the eleventh annual InStyle and Audi Women of Style awards, we asked InStyle editors to reveal their best red carpet tips. When it comes to getting camera-ready, we've got you covered. From face masks to pre-event meals - and of course statement accessories.
Each year Women of Style celebrates an inspiring group of women including leaders in science, business, fashion, social justice, beauty and entertainment, boasting a list of combined achievements that proves style is more than just the clothes you wear.
Alex Noonan, Editor
"I’m all about a sheet mask when getting ready. I feel like I look perpetually exhausted so it gives my skin a little bit of a much-needed radiance boost."
Bettina Tyrell, Beauty Editor
"In the lead up to any big event, and especially Women Of Style, I pay a visit to Hannah Mutze, Benefit National Brow Artist, to have my brows tinted and shaped. A good arch touch-up is like a mini facelift, it can have a significant effect on your appearance (visit a Benefit Brow Bar).
"I also make sure I up my water intake so that my skin is hydrated and looking plump. Then, on the morning of the big do I’ll apply a Go-To Transformazing Sheet Mask which delivers a healthy dose of glow to my complexion."
Lucy Wood, Junior Fashion Editor
"I always start my look with a piece that I feel excited to wear. As an accessory-lover this is usually a new pair of shoes or earrings that I can’t wait to debut. I’ll pair these with a tried and tested outfit that I always feel good in."
Francesca Wallace, Senior Digital Fashion Editor
"Preparation is KEY. Like any big event, I make sure I’ve thought about what I’m wearing before the big day as it takes off a lot of stress. And it sounds simple, but figuring out exactly how I’m doing my hair and make-up helps. I’ve had waaay too many last minute beauty decisions which haven’t ended well — streaky tans and awkward eyeshadow colour choices are among them. Oh, and ALWAYS wear comfortable shoes. You don’t want to be that person hobbling home at the end of the night due to footwear choice and not too much fun. Trust me, I’ve been there."
Josephine Upfill-Brown, Art Director
"To prepare for an evening out, I am careful about what I put into my body on the day of the event. I make sure I eat 3-4 small meals throughout the day because I find going for long periods without food tends to bloat my tummy. I also ensure I drink copious amounts of water and alkalizing herbal teas (like Rooibos, peppermint, ginger and turmeric) which help fight any inflammation and make sure my skin is plump and glowing. Lastly, I generally try to eat something small before the event, so I don’t pig out on canapes (as much!), this usually consists of a handful of nuts or veggie sticks with hummus."
Lulu Custance, Fashion Office Assistant
"A few good nights sleep to look well rested. A hydrating facial for healthy glowy skin. And of course a dress you love that fits in all the right places!"
Isabelle Truman, Assistant Digital Content Manager
"It’s probably the worst advice, but I love having something new for a big night – whether it’s a pair of earrings or a new dress for a really important evening. Beauty-wise, I always make sure I fake tan the night before and live for Oribe Thickening Spray and a nude lip.”