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My Day at The Arqiva BAFTA TV Awards Style Suites

As well as the big film awards early in the year, BAFTA also has a Television Awards in May. I was invited down to the Style Suites last week where this happened….

Photo courtesy of Jai’me from www.boymeetsfashion.com

They had invited select members of the press, and four bloggers to experience the Style Suites which were located in London’s swish Corinthia Hotel.

The Style Suites are open to all the nominees of the BAFTA TV Awards to get gorgeous pre-awards. I was given the star treatment for the day, visiting each of the brand partners, and getting made up to look like Sienna Miller in The Girl (which I’d never watched before so it was very interesting to see the look unfolding!)

The day began with a St Tropez Spray Tan with celebrity tanning expert Michaella Bolder, a good start to any day! As the look we were going for was very ‘English Rose’ skin-wise, we decided to go for the Sensitive tan – which leaves skin with a glow, but has no guide colour, and develops over 8 hours – so when I got home that evening, I had a gorgeous tan ready for the weekend – score!

The St Tropez team will be in the suite from the Thursday before the awards, right through to the Sunday where they will be providing skin finishing. Some of the nominees request a spray tan in their own home, which they also have a team available to do.
Michaella predicts that most of the nominees will be going for a glam golden glow. The clothes for the  TV Awards are much more playful, and perhaps shorter – this will be the first time a lot of people will have got their legs out in a long time (me included!) so making sure there’s no pasty legs on the red carpet is what she’s trying to achieve. Skin wants to look luminous and glowing – slightly dewy like holiday skin with a nice sheen.
I asked Michaella for her top tips for tanning at home – the most failsafe option is a mitt and mousse. The mitt will absorb the moisture of the product so you get a nice even finish over your skin. Pump 2 to 3 pumps on to the mitt and distribute over the body evenly. Use the mitt with no extra product on to do your hands and face… and to get the backs of the hands, put your hands into a claw shape to make it looking natural.
Next up I was off to the MAC room – where the next step of my transformation took place. Sienna Miller’s character wears quite simple make up, with a black eyeliner flick and either red or neutral lips – I decided to go for the red look for a bit more fun! 
Photo courtesy of BAFTA
For the 10th year running, the MAC make up team will be on hand on the day of the awards – there will be a team at the Corinthia and another team doing home visits. They will all be given a touch up kit so they can keep themselves looking gorgeous for the rest of the night.
Terry Barber, the Director of Makeup Artistry at MAC said, about this years trends – “This year, I predict we will see a throwback to the glamour of old Hollywood with a touch of modern neon. Lashes will be well defined with Extended Play Lash Mascara – a mascara that is like a ‘blow-dry’ for the lashes. Lips will be filled with a matte burst of electro red. Skin will be refined and teamed with a light layer of foundation coverage to make skin look fresh, natural, yet perfect – try the new M∙A∙C Mineralize Moisture SPF15 Foundation.” And that’s pretty much what I ended up with! The Mineralize Moisture SPF15 Foundation felt comfortable on my sore, Roaccutaney skin and left a pretty dewy finish. After eyeliner I had corner lashes applied, and Lady Bug lipstick with some lip conditioner.
Terry Barber’s top five products used in the world of Film & TV over the last twelve months include: 
MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage which gives a flawless look that works from underneath the foundation.
MAC Fast Response Eye Cream – a must-have for those tired moments on set – it’s an “instant miracle worker”.
MAC Extended Play Lash in Endless Black gives up to 16 hours of wear.
MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger as it works as a great  retro, yet modern red for any period drama or television chat show needs.

Off to Mark Hill, the hair partner for this year’s awards who expect to be busy on the day of the awards with 10-20 people to style each! There will be 9 stylists and assistants on hand, so it seem’s it’s a very popular stop in the Style Suites!

Mark Hill himself will be there on the day, and already has confirmed Sienna Miller as one of his do’s for the day. 
The team predict that this year will be Hollywood and glam (I sense a theme here?!) – it’s moved on a notch from loose waves and is more defined. Plaits aren’t such a main focus any more but may be incorporated into a style, or we may see micro-plaits which are hot this year and adds texture to a style while being effortless.
Photo courtesy of BAFTA

My hair was curled with the tongs, then rolled and pinned up at the back. I’ve never had my hair like that before, but I felt like I was from a different era for the whole day – I loved it!
House of Fraser is the style partner, and is offering brands including Biba, Untold and all of their eveningwear collections such as Shubette, JS Collections and Adrianna Papell. 
The nominees are sent a lookbook with the available gowns in it, however many of the nominees and VIPs will book personal shopping appointments within one of the stores in the weeks leading up to the awards. When it comes to who get’s what it’s first come, first served, and once a dress is confirmed it will be off limits to anyone else. The team are also on hand to avert any last minute dress disasters – last year a certain celebrity’s vintage gown split one hour before the awards so they had to sew her into her dress!

The main trends the team predict for the night will be a mixture of modern, catwalk inspired monochrome and clean lines as well as Great Gatsby inspired, traditional glamour, with full length beaded gowns.

I asked for tips for any woman deciding what to wear for a big night out and the general consensus was to wear something that not only made you feel glamorous, but was also comfortable as there’s nothing worse that spending all night breathing in or constantly re-adjusting your dress. Go for something that fits you perfectly in all the right places and you will automatically feel confident and beautiful.

Carat is the jewellery partner – a brand that is loved by many celebrities, as you can see in the photo below.

Just look at these gorgeous diamonds!
Psyche! The secret of Carat, is that they don’t use diamonds, but hand cut and polished natural gemstones. This means the price tag is a lot more purse-friendly and they can actually be worn, rather than hidden away! 
They didn’t have the range there on the day but check out the bracelets from the Chelsea collection – I am totally lusting over the rose gold ones! 
The brand operates in a similar way to House of Fraser – the nominees are sent a look book, and if they like any of the pieces, they are sent them with a view to them being worn. I picked out some cluster earrings which we thought were very fitting for the era, a matching ring, and a simple bracelet.
Photo courtesy of Jai’me from www.boymeetsfashion.com
Photo courtesy of Jai’me from www.boymeetsfashion.com
And that was the end of my day! I really enjoyed getting to see how the other half live for the day and was so fun to transform into someone else I never would have otherwise. The hair, clothes and jewellery are things I never would have picked out myself – it was great to have a play with new styles, I encourage everyone to do it! 
The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards take place on Sunday 12th May. You can watch them on BBC One and BBC One HD. I shall be going to the awards (what on earth shall I wear!?) so make sure you’re following me on Twitter and I’ll try to sneak in some updates! 


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