Helen Mirren’s pre-award show beauty routine, revealed

At the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on 27 February, recent YOU cover star Dame Helen Mirren was honoured with the lifetime achievement award. To receive the special recognition, Helen looked stunning in a pink Dolce & Gabbana dress and matching headband. The 76-year-old’s skin was glowing and now, we know exactly how she achieved it.

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Speaking to Hello magazine, make up artist Jo Stretell revealed what Helen Mirren did to prepare for the award show, and the products she used. It doesn’t come as a surprise to learn Helen’s make up was all from L’Oreal Paris, as she’s a brand ambassador, but her pre-show routine is particularly interesting.

To begin Helen’s skin prep, Jo said she started with FaceGym’s Weighted Ball, ‘which acts as a warm-up session to depuff and detoxify the skin’.

Jo then followed with FaceGym’s Medi Lift Eye, which ‘helps to rejuvenate the eye area improving the appearance of dark circles and smoothing the eye contours, leaving the eyes looking bigger and brighter.’

The make up artist then used a FaceGym Pro workout on Helen’s cheeks and jawline areas, which ‘elevates the facial muscles and gives the skin a more lifted and toned appearance. It literally takes 10 minutes to see results – it’s my go-to tool for any red carpet event!’ Jo said.

She then finished with FaceGym’s Multi Sculpt High-Performance Contouring Tool ‘to stimulate circulation, depuff the skin and soften fine lines.

After Helen’s skin was prepped, Jo then began on her make up and shared the step-by-step routine on Instagram.

She wrote:

‘1. I prepped Helen’s skin with L’Oreal AGE PERFECT Rosy Tone Sunscreen, Fragrance Free Moisturiser and AGE PERFECT Rosy Tone Eye Brightener.

2. Using AGE PERFECT Radiant Serum Foundation in “Golden Beige” I placed all over the face, neck and ears and buffed into skin using a buffing brush to get a flawless, light and natural looking skin.

3. Using the AGE PERFECT Radiant Concealer in “Sand Sable” I placed liberally on the under eye area, around the nose and outside lip line to lighten and brighten the skin.

4. Next using L’Oreal True Match powder in “Buff Beige” I lightly dusted over the foundation across the t zone area.

5. For the brows I used AGE PERFECT Brow Magnifier in “Taupe” to fill in and even out brows and using L’Oreal Micro Ink Pen painted extra hairs to balance the brows.

6. For the eyes I started by using L’Oreal LE LINER Signature Eye Liner in “Taupe Grey Tweed” by running the pencil along the lash line top and bottom and smudged with an eyeliner brush to create a soft smoky liner.

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7. Next using L’Oreal Paris Brilliant Eyes Liquid Eyeshadow in “Amethyst Quartz” with an eye shadow brush I swept the color across the eyelid and under the eye and then blended the edges to create a shimmery yet soft smoky eye. Then using L’Oreal Infallible Paints Metallics in “Caged” I retraced over the liner added earlier around the lash line.

8. Finishing by using L’Oreal Infallible eye liner pen in “Grey” painting in-between lashes and finely along lash line top and bottom to sharpen the eye liner and thicken the lash line area.

9. I curled the lashes and added lashings of AGE PERFECT Mascara.

10. For the cheeks I used AGE PERFECT Radiant Satin blush in “Rosewood” place on the apple of the cheeks.

11. To finish the look using AGE PERFECT lip liner in “Perfect Burgundy” and L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Satin Lipstick in “Plum Explosion” creating a beautiful creamy plum lip.’

There you have it, you now know exactly how to get the Helen Mirren beauty look!