Ciara Spills Her VMA Beauty Secrets
We can't wait to join the collective chorus of oohs and ahhs during the celebrity paparazzi parade at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday. While there have been plenty of hits and misses from our favorite celebrity vixens over the years, Ciara recently revealed to Elle.com what she does to prepare for crimson carpet.
On how she prepares for a big awards show:
"When I’m getting ready, I have a whole routine. The night before, I give my face a good wash with a foaming cleanser. I use a cleanser from my doctor, Dr. Sebena Toor. Then I apply my eye cream, which is by Dr. Toor as well. Next, I use this face cream called Formula 13 that my other doctor, Dr. Yune, created. You use it on your dark marks if you have any. And then I moisturize my face with a tinted moisturizer. I use Revision with SPF 45. Then in the morning when I wake up, I do another face wash. I have to mention that after I wash my face in the morning, I immediately make sure to put on my Degree deodorant. I have to say it. When my glam team finally comes over, I start us off by playing some music. And of course, the day of a big event, the team has to make sure we do a shave check to make sure there are no stray hairs anywhere and everything is clear. First, my makeup artist does my makeup, and then it’s my hairstylist’s turn. Over the years we’ve developed a system of one person going at a time so no one gets in each other’s way. And before we put on the look that I’m wearing, I have to triple check to make sure I have my deodorant on, and sometimes I’ll refresh it if I need to. Then we put on the dress and everyone checks everything from head to toe to cross our Ts and dot our Is."
On how much she's involved with her look for the evening:
"I sometimes have a vision and my stylists have their vision, but it somehow all comes together. I just had my fitting for the VMAs today, so I know exactly what I’m wearing. I actually knew what I was going to wear before the dress came in, and thank God this dress fits perfectly, so it’ll actually work out. But we had already been looking at the picture of the dress beforehand to think about how we were going to do my hair. We’ve already been brainstorming a bit about it. When the dress finally came, I took a picture of it at the fitting, then I sent the picture to my team so they could look at it and think in advance of ideas. Then we’ll get together and we’ll all discuss our thoughts and put our ideas out there on the table. In the end, it always works out. But it’s certainly a team effort."
One red carpet moment that really sticks out in her mind:
"There was this dress I wore from Givenchy at the Givenchy Celebrates Marina Abramovic MOMA Exhibit. It was a black dress with sheer arms. I loved that moment with the smokey makeup and the slicked hair with the deep side part."
What does Ciara want to try out next:
"There’s this temporary spray-on hair color that’s really pigmented that you can use to match your clothes. So let’s say if you had on a charcoal gray men’s pantsuit, you could actually put some charcoal gray in your hair. But it doesn’t look like you have graying hair—it’s a gray color that will actually match your outfit. I’d tip the ends of my hair with those rich colors. I don’t believe in bright, cheesy colors that are applied from roots to tips. I’m not really into that. But I love the more fashion-y way of adding color to your hair methodically. I think that has a cooler vibe. I would do it in an ombre. I’d go from a platinum at the top that gradated to a gray and finished with a black on the tips. I think that would be totally rock n’ roll. I’m also looking forward to maybe doing a bang. I haven’t done bangs in so long. But now I would do my bangs way differently than I did them back in the day. I’d do them the Euro way now, where they’re not too heavy, you kind of let them flow, they have a nice wave, and they have some dark color at the roots. I’d still want a dark root because it gives your hair attitude."
What she has stashed in her clutch when on a red carpet:
"You have to have whatever lip product you’re wearing for the night. You need a powder puff in case you get oily. You need a small paddle brush or comb to maintain your hair just in case you need to touch it up quickly. You need a small mirror. I’m such a tomboy, though, that I always forget a mirror. I’m always just looking in my driver’s mirror. And lastly, you have to have your Degree deodorant on backup. I live by this."
What we may see on the VMAs:
"I usually don’t get overly excited, but this is a dress I’ve wanted to wear for forever. My eyes got watery when I tried it on! I won’t say who it’s by, but let’s just say it’s "bling bling!""