January in Utah means that Park City comes alive with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Filmmakers, actors and actresses, musicians, and more from the A-list and beyond make their way out to the small town to relish in the Sundance Film Festival. The 10-day festival makes for some major stargazing and party hopping for festival goers.
Unlike celebrities, most festival goers do not have the assistance of a professional stylist and hair/makeup artist to get them camera-ready for events in Park City. To help you prep for Sundance, Alter Ego Studio Salon founder and hair/makeup artist to the stars, Tim Muir, shares some secrets to red carpet success for those planning to brave the cold and partake in all that the festival offers.
Tim shares tips for the two main looks festival goers will want to accomplish: outdoor star searching and late-night party hopping.
“If you’re going to Park City during Sundance, then you need to be camera-ready no matter what you’re doing,” says Tim, who has styled celebrities for the red carpet, fashion runway, and beyond.
It’s super cold in Utah during the month of January and Park City is no exception. Because of this, Tim advises accessorizing to make the best of being out in the cold. Beanies or a knitted headband are a great option. As far as hair goes, natural is best.
“If you have naturally wavy hair, use your waves. If you have straight hair, wear it straight. If you’re going to be outside, make sure your hairstyle will last all night. Cold weather tends to drop curls and make your hair fall,” explains Tim.
If your straight hair is prone to static in the winter, Tim says to run a dryer sheet through it before you leave the house. “It sounds weird, but it totally works,” he says.
For those with short hair, Tim advises sticking to earmuffs or wearing a knitted headband. If your hair is longer, consider a loose braid if you don’t want to deal with it getting in your way while wearing a scarf.
The faux natural rule also applies to makeup for those planning to walk up and down Main Street in hopes of taking a picture with a celebrity.
“Wear picture-ready, natural makeup,” advises Tim. “Help your eyes pop by using fake lashes, or use a dark mascara.”
Don’t have lash extensions and not interested in dealing with the application of false lashes? Then use an eyeliner and mascara. Finish with a shiny lip gloss that accentuates your natural lip color.
“If you’re outside for long periods of time, you will be applying chapstick often. Make your lip gloss part of your chapstick application routine and your lips will stay looking great,” says Tim.
If you’re going to rock a beanie, Tim advises a bit more dramatic makeup, which means a smokey eye and natural lips.
Whether you are going natural or dramatic, Tim suggests using NYX primer to keep your makeup in place.
Sundance parties can mean long wait lines, which make for difficult decisions on what to wear. Nobody likes to freeze in line, but it’s also no fun lugging around layers of clothes once you make it into the club. Regardless of what you wear, Tim says that those looking to party hop should go dramatic.
Because you will go from layering up outside to quickly absorbing the body heat trapped in a club, hair needs to be worn in a style that can be shaken out. This means wavy or beachy.
“When you get into the club, shake your hair out and you will be good to go,” says Tim, who advises a sea salt spray to help waves stay in place.
Hat-wearers should take care to ensure that their hair is clean if the hat will be coming off. “Dry shampoo won’t cut it if you’re wearing a hat,” cautions Tim.
He suggests carrying a small bottle of sea salt spray or light hairspray to keep your locks on point as you hop from one great party to the next.
As for makeup, if you are wearing all black or dark colors, create a smokey eye with either brown or black eye shadows. Light golds or bronzes can also be used to create a dramatic effect. If you go smokey with the eyes, then opt for subtle lips.
“The rule is: If it’s a bold eye, then wear subtle lips. Subtle eyes should be paired with bold lips,” says Tim. “Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian are great to research for the dramatic eye."
Those opting to wear more colorful clothing should wear shimmery eye makeup in airier colors. Keep the eye subtle, and seal the deal with a bold, colorful lip.
Planning to try one of Tim's tips for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival? Be sure to hashtag #alteregostudiosalon on Instagram and Facebook so we can see how you did!