Jodie Turner-Smith's enchanting crystal make-up stole the BAFTAs red carpet

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Fantasy beauty on the BAFTA red carpetDavid M. Benett - Hearst Owned

Red lips, gleaming cheekbones and soft smoky eyes are a staple on most red carpets. They are classics for a reason; promising to flatter the wearer, making them appear like more glamorous, more polished versions of themselves. Who doesn't want that?

But while there is always room for the timelessness of a crimson lip, there's also something to be said about having fun and bringing fantasy into a red carpet look. After all, what are red carpets if not a form of escapism for both the viewers and its attendees? Fashion designers have long used red carpets as a way to showcase their artistry and creativity to the masses, and at last night's BAFTAs, it seems that make-up artists are getting in on it too.

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Jodie Turner-Smith is no stranger to experimenting with her beauty looks, but last night was arguably one of her dreamiest yet with crystal freckles, a swooping cat-eye and a wash of this season's 'it' colour, lavender. Make-up artist Joey Choy took inspiration from Turner-Smith's diamante-studded, floor-grazing purple Gucci gown.

It was a collaborative process, Choy tells Bazaar. "Jodie is so open to ideas and loves trying new things. She always loves a statement look on the red carpet. She is my fantasy come true," muses Choy, who incorporated Charlotte Tilbury Hypnotising Pop Shot in Ultra Violet on the eyelids and used the brand's Feline Flick in Panther to create the dramatic liner. To stick on the crystals, Choy applied dots of eyelash glue on the cheek and nose where the sun would naturally hit before applying the rhinestones to magical effect.

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Also a fan of crystals is Lashana Lynch, who went down a more minimalist route with a scattering of diamantes as a finishing touch to her smoky eye make-up. "It's classic and striking, with a hint of the contemporary – just like Lashana," said Min Sandhu, the woman behind the look. Similar to Turner-Smith, Lynch's experimental attitude to beauty makes her a make-up artist's dream. "She's up for trying things that are new and creative. We wanted to play with the icy element of her gown with this look," explains Sandhu.

With this autumn/winter 2023 fashion week delivering plenty of show-stopping beauty moments and otherworldly make-up being part of the zeitgeist (just ask Euphoria, Gossip Girl 2.0 and Wednesday), bringing playfulness into a look on the red carpet have never felt so modern.

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