Why Margot Robbie's BAFTA beauty look is grown-up glamour at its finest - and how to copy in 5 easy steps

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Tonight is the 71st British Academy Film Awards, and while the red carpet always provides a source of inspiration for beauty trends, they are not often looks that can be worn by most women. However the beauty look on Margot Robbie tonight, created by the celebrity make-up artist Pati Dubroff, is a glowy, beautiful example of brilliant red carpet beauty. It's an easy look that is the epitome of chic, grown-up glamour. We speak exclusively to Dubroff just as Robbie left the make-up room this evening to hit the red carpet. She tells us how to recreate the look in five easy steps. 

"Margot is wearing a beautiful black Givenchy gown tonight," Dubroff tells us, "so I wanted to compliment the gown with some brightness and shine. The secret to a successful red carpet look is beautiful skin that has been perfected but not packed with heavy powders. I spend the most time working on the skin, to make sure I get the right harmony between the face and clothing." 

1. Prep the skin 

"Good make-up starts with good skincare," says Dubroff. "I used the Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask by 111 Skin on Margot tonight, and it's my first step for every make-up look - even for the clients who have just stepped off a plane. It plumps the skin, and makes it look hydrated." The sheet masks, which cost £20 each, blend 24 karat gold, hydrogel and rose. "Then I massage the skin, especially around the jawline, as this is where we hold a lot of tension."

2. The perfect base

To create the perfect base with foundation and concealer, Dubroff uses a combination of application methods - her fingers, a dampened sponge and a buffing brush. "Don't be scared to use multiple tools, and to touch your face. I apply the liquid foundation on the skin with my fingers, and then I use a dampened sponge to help work the base into the skin. Finally, I buff the skin with a foundation brush, for quite a while - this is what gives seamless coverage. Don't forget - you seldom need foundation on the outer portion of the face, just around the nose and cheeks." 

Dubroff's kit for tonight's make-up look on Margot Robbie

Dubroff used the EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation in Shade 4.0, £12.50, on Margot Robbie, which gives good coverage without looking cakey. Another top trick from Dubroff is to only use concealer very sparingly - and only where you see darkness around the eyes. "I use a liquid concealer from the tips of my fingers and apply it as if it's an eye cream. Once you've applied it, keep blending it until it looks like skin." It's still advised to use powder after foundation and concealer, says Dubroff, but you only need a very light dusting of translucent powder. "Powder should never look caked, pressed on or packed in - you still need shine on your face, but the powder just stops concealer around the eyes from creasing."

3. A (very subtle) highlight

"Highlighter is a great tool for adding glow to the skin," says Dubroff, "but I use a very finely milled powder that provides just the slightest whisper of a sheen. The key to grown-up glamour is using a highlighter that is soft and delicate - not the sort that you seen on Instagram. It's all about less-is-more." 

4. The best place to blush

Dubroff prefers a soft, delicate approach to blusher, too, and advises to ditch the blusher brush and use a fan brush instead - which gives a much softer deposit of colour, allowing you to gently build the colour on your cheeks. As for where to apply your blusher, Dubroff's top tip is to apply it to the plumpest part of your cheek, "where your grandmother would pinch your cheeks," she adds. For a natural, everyday rosy flush for Margot Robbie, Dubroff used the EX1 Blusher in Natural Flush, £9.50.

5. Accentuate the eyes and lips

Finally, for Robbie's eye make-up, she used a suit-everyone cream eyeshadow in a pearl-champagne hue. A wash of Chanel's Ombre Premiere in 804 Scintillance, £25, was used. "I then used a wash of pink on top of the cream eyeshadow, which is a very modern shade to use as a pop of colour." Pati used the Designing Color Eyes in Hanaakari, £46, by Suqqu. The grown up element of this Hollywood make-up look is the simplicity of the eyes, framed by two coats of mascara (Dubroff uses They're Real Mascara by Benefit, £20.50). Finally on the lips, a modern pop of lavender pink gloss, Rouge Coco Shine in 93 Intime by Chanel, £28. Unlike traditional matt lipstick used on the red carpet, this neutral glossy lipstick is soft, modern and flattering.