Your Stylist: Sonia Kashuk’s tips for an easy red carpet ready face


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The Golden Globes are this Sunday and whether you’re attending red carpet events this awards season or not, now feels like the right time to try a celeb-inspired yet simple beauty look.

Makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty, Sonia Kashuk, knows about easy and affordable makeup and gave us a quick tutorial on how to get a simple red carpet glow.


“I love a cleaner, more natural face on the red carpet because it’s fresh, modern
and universally flattering,” says Kashuk, who along with her team of makeup artists will be giving beauty tips at pop-up makeover stations at select Target stores in L.A. this week.

“The most important aspect of any red carpet look is to get the skin looking the best it can before any makeup application,” says Kashuk. “Start by exfoliating the face.” She personally recommends StriVectin’s Instant Retexturizing Scrub ($29 at and, for a hydrated sheen, applies Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum ($32.99 at for gorgeous glowing skin.

Once skin is clean and moisturized, use a luminous foundation to achieve a dewy radiance rather than a matte finish, which can look flat and cakey especially under hot lights. To pull more light onto the face, Kashuk suggests dabbing a highlighter like her Super Sheer Shimmering highlighter ($9.99 at along the top of the cheekbones.

For a modern red carpet look, Kashuk focuses on a strong punch of color on the mouth, advising that the

rest of the face should be kept fairly simple and clean. Color on the eye should be subtle, using only a soft wash of neutral or delicate metallic color on the lid. For just a little oomph in the eye area, she recommends applying a few individual false lashes or going for maximum definition and added drama with her Full Glam Eyelashes ($5.19 - $9.99 at

To emphasize and flush out the cheekbones, apply a soft pink blush to the apples of the cheek in a circular motion, working your way back towards the hairline. Then, choose a bright red or pink lip color to make the face pop. “I personally love a matte red like my Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude ($7.99 at,” says Kashuk, adding that the trick with bold lip color is not to overly define the lip, which will look dated. Avoid this by using your fingertips to blur the lip line.


Kashuk’s final red carpet must-have has nothing to do with the face, but works to get award-worthy hair. To prep hair, she likes Oribe Hair Care Volumista & Dry Texturizing Spray to create the volume and texture essential for creating a stunning style.

Kashuk will be giving Target customers beauty tips, makeovers and showcasing new product at the following locations:

Saturday, Jan. 14, noon – 6 p.m.

Target Store ~ Parking Lot

2705 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Sunday, Jan. 15, noon – 6 p.m.

Target Store ~ Parking Lot

1931 Campus Ave., Upland, CA 91784

--Melissa Magsaysay


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Photos: Top left: Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Shimmering highlighter; Top right: StriVectin’s Instant Retexturizing Scrub/StriVectin; Bottom left: Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Instructional Eye Palette $19.99 at; Bottom right: Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon. Credit: Sonia Kashuk