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A bold cat-eye liner or a sultry kohl-rimmed look is brilliant for the red carpet. But if you’re going for a bright lip colour, it can be better to keep the eyes slightly more subdued. In this red-carpet tutorial, top make-up artist Liz Pugh demonstrates how to strike the perfect balance, using Telegraph beauty editor Katy Young as her model.

“For the red carpet, it’s really important to enhance the eyes,” Pugh says. For this look, she started by applying a bit of the Clarins Loose Mineral Powder over the lids to form a nice base. Then she reached for the Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette in the Saharienne shade.

“I’ve applied the goldy shade, which gives a really lovely sheen,” Pugh says. “I want to try to make the eyes look bigger, so I used the darker colour to shade just over the sockets to overset the eyes. Then I applied the highlighter in the corner of the eye to widen the eyes. The key is all in blending. Everything should be blended together seamlessly.”

Next, Pugh applied Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner, pushing it into the lashes to make them look thicker and give added definition. She followed with a swipe of Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara on the top lashes only.

Finally, Pugh moved on to the eyebrows, grooming them with the Soap and Glory DIY Brow Bar. “Brows are very important at the moment,” she says. Using a shade that matches Young’s natural hair colour, she worked underneath the brow, filling it in with tiny strokes that follow the hairs.

For the finishing touch, Pugh reached for L’Oréal Elnett Precious Oil Hairspray. “I always steal a bit of the hairdresser’s hairspray,” she says. “And then you just go through it in the direction of the hair growth to keep everything in place.”

The final result was enough to convince Young that an elevated evening look is easily achievable. “I wear liner every day,” she says. “But this shows me that by adding a bit more intensity – and using a couple of extra products – I can take the look from real life to red carpet pretty easily.”

Tools of the trade: these beauty products are key for your red carpet look

To see the overall beauty look, watch the full tutorial video – and get more detailed instructions on skin and lips with these additional videos. And to buy all the products used, visit

Beauty products

• Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara - Custom-Wear Volume Mascara

• Benefit They're Real! Push-up Liner

Soap and Glory DIY Brow Bar

• Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette, Saharienne

• Smashbox Double Ended Smudger Brush

• L’Oréal Elnett Precious Oil Hairspray

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Written by Ali Gray