Since my love of film matches my passion for beauty, the Oscars are not to be missed. I binge on sweets and caffeine and stay up to watch the whole interminable shebang, trying to guess simultaneously which nominee will triumph and which nail polish they’re wearing.
Some beauty looks get an Academy nod every year, like dark, arched Hollywood brows. Sleek’s new Brow Stylist (£5.99), is the ideal tool. There’s a wand to groom brows into place, and a strong but natural-looking slanted crayon at the other end. I’m hooked.
Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, who’s rumoured to be in LA to make up Penelope Cruz and Naomi Watts, is bound to use her Film Star Bronze Glow powder duo (£49, but huge), which I’m using here. The idea is to brush the matte brown into the hollows of your cheeks (suck in) and around the jaw and temples, then trace the shimmery champagne shade on to cheekbones, brow bone and bare limbs for silver screen starlet glow.
As for lips, shades come and go, but for me the most iconic event deserves lips to match. As previous Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow once said, “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”
Sali loves… new spot treatments
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel, £14, boots.com
A heavy-duty salicylic acid spot gel that can be applied all over before oil-free moisturiser. Prevents breakouts and effectively treats existing spots.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool Creamy Wash, £5
I’m a big believer in natural antiseptic tea tree for treating spotty skin without stripping it dry. This lovely new cleanser combines it with reliably spot-busting salicylic and natural humectant glycerin.
Clayspray Mattifying Red Clay Masque, £15
Weirdly satisfying spray-on mask that absorbs oil and grease without drying out skin. The face feels soft and comfortable afterwards.