How Glam Squads Deal With the Threat of Golden Globes Rain
Hollywood is bracing for a once-in-a-decade rainstorm.
As climate change disrupts weather trends around the world, award-show organizers are forced to think on their toes more than ever. In 2010, A-listers dodged rain on the red carpet of the Golden Globes, and in 2015, a winter storm threatened to wash out stars. Last year, preparations included a rain plan, and this year, Hollywood is bracing for what’s being called the storm of the decade.
Although the red carpet outside The Beverly Hilton will be tented, there are still considerations for glam teams to take if it does indeed rain. Humidity, for one. Smeared makeup, for another. Bottom line: Staying power is key. Says Kirin Bhatty, makeup artist to Freida Pinto, Kiernan Shipka and Kate Upton, “When it comes to red-carpet rain, it can be worrisome for makeup because skin tends to shine because of the extra moisture in the air.”
To tackle that issue head-on, she says she would “prime the skin with a primer that’s more mattifying, so the T-zone stays nice and clear.” Her go-to: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light ($36). Also, she adds, “Setting makeup with a setting spray, like Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($15), I’ve found is very helpful when weather is challenging.”
When it comes to rainy-day awards hair, the Kardashians' hair guru, Jen Atkin, would opt for “sleek styles, such as a ponytail or low sleek chignon. It will last all night long and still look super chic.” Bouncy waves won’t do so well in the humidity that would come with a downpour, so watch for straighter dos on Sunday’s stars. Before styling, she’d also use the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, which cuts down on frizz. Additionally, she says, “Smoothing products like Ouai Hair Oil and Finishing Creme will work best to keep the hair smooth and shiny.”
Hairstylist Sunnie Brook, who works with Abigail Spencer, Ellen Page and Hailey Baldwin, adds that for clients with curly or wavy hair, she’d choose a style that embraces their natural texture, “instead of fighting with the damp air that will increase frizz and make hairstyles lose shape quickly.” Her favorite anti-frizz products also would be on call: Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Shampoo and Conditioner ($7 each), Orlando Pita Play Climate Change Humidity Blocking Hairspray ($28) and, for “extra power,” Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray ($22).
Another tip from Brook: “Spend a few extra minutes letting the look cool, especially if you’re going for a classic high-shine vintage wave.” If it does rain, she expects to see some more trend-forward celebrities — such as Kim Kardashian, Carolyn Murphy and Gigi Hadid — embracing the slicked-back wet look. “With the right look, it can come across high-class with an editorial edge.”
For anyone in attendance at a wet Golden Globes, Brook also advises packing one essential in your clutch: blotting papers, “even for those who don’t normally use them because the damp air can cause the skin to look moist in unwanted areas.”