Getting ready for a red carpet event can end up being more exhausting than the actual event itself! And if you've been keeping up with the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, the Grammys and the upcoming Academy Awards, you're tuned into how intently the press scrutinizes nominees appearances'! Beauty guru, Stacy Cox is here with some of the best kept beauty secrets straight from the red carpet!
Here's a list of Stacy's "go-to" red carpet beauty products:
The Red Lip: CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balms www.covergirl.com or www.target.com
Try: Ruby Twist or Scarlett Twist
Stacy spoke with Bruce Grayson, Tom Cruise’s “go to” makeup artist. Bruce was backstage at the Grammys this year touching up EVERYONE. He said the red lip was 90% of what he was perfecting before celebs and dancers went onstage. He advised Stacy to tell viewers to get a Ruby Twist Jumbo Gloss Balm because the mango/shea butter infusion nourishes your pucker BUT avoids that “hair sticking to your lip” drama that often occurs when tresses and gloss somehow meet in the middle.
The Matte Face: Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting CC Cream www.olay.com
Bruce and Stacy chatted about how they weren’t seeing a lot of faux tans on the red carpet this season. Everyone is looking much more natural and opting for a matte finish vs. using lots of highlighter. To achieve this effect, one of the new stars to hit drugstore shelves is Olay’s new Tone Correcting CC Cream, which has a built-in Essential Glucosamine Complex to even out uneven skin tones and support your face with a more matte finish, similar to the look sported by celebrities like Naomi Watts and Sofia Vergara.
NYX Cosmetics Makeup Setting Spray www.nyxcosmetics.com
Demand perfection! For that freshly made-up look that lasts, the secret is to set your makeup so your glam look resists unwanted color fade. Try misting your complexion with NYX Makeup setting Sprays. They’re lightweight and comfortable, while working hard to make sure your makeup stays put. When you take the time to get your makeup right, it’s nice to keep it looking that way. Available in a gorgeous matte, it keeps makeup looking fresh with that “just applied” look from day to night. Lucy Liu’s makeup artist Kristofer Buckle used the spray to help set her gorgeous look at the Golden Globes.
The “Mani Cam” Trend: Nails Inc. “Bling It On Rebel” nail kits with Swarovski elements www.nailsinc.com or www.sephora.com
Nail art was given much more focus on the red carpet this year, thanks to E!’s red carpet coverage and use of the “Mani Cam,” in which stars would walk their painted nails down a tiny red carpet that caught an image of their blinged out fingers! J Lo definitely made a statement with her opaque nails with embellished gold script. For your own nail bling, turn to Nails Inc.’s “Bling It On Rebel” kit, which uses real Swarovski elements to add texture and depth to a basic manicure.
When Good Gowns Go Wrong: Starmaker Products “Fashion Stick” (www.starmakerproducts.com or www.drugstore.com)
If you caught Julianne Moore’s black and white floral Chanel dress at the SAG awards, it was one of the most fabulous dresses that took its wearer for a walk. The proportions were all wrong and the dress required a taller person. But I would have loved to try Starmaker’s “Fashion Stick” on her to pull up the dress’ straps so it didn’t look so slouchy. Fashion Stick is hypo-allergenic and 100% safe on skin. It won’t stain and washes off of fabric and skin with just water. It’s another great tool to stash in your evening bag for wardrobe emergencies and malfunctions.
The Old Hollywood Glamour Girl: Goody Spin Pins www.target.com
As seen on Jennifer Lopez, Amy Adams, Nicole Richie and Megan Fox. When you see the Veronica Lake-inspired finger wave look that throws back to old Hollywood and the hair is slung to the side, Stacy wonders how it stays put. She asked Kathy Griffin’s hair guru Charles B. Strahan, who shared the secret: it’s pinned in place! She suggests trying Goody Spin Pins for up do’s, half up/half down styles and a push to the side when you need a little added glamour to your tresses.
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Win an all-expenses-paid trip to Hollywood in May to attend the Young Hollywood Awards. Your date will be Cat Deeley, host of “So You Think You Can Dance.” You’ll also receive $500 in spending money and an appointment with a personal stylist to have your hair and makeup done. Deadline to enter is March 8.
The Starving Starlet
It’s common knowledge that many actresses are literally sewn into their gown for red carpet occasions. So, these ladies aren’t eating a lot on the day of the big event. The trick is the take an empty mint tin and fill it with a combination of almonds and walnuts for an infusion of protein when you’re needing some fuel and the red carpet dinner is still hours away. Toss the tin in your evening bag when you’re on the go!
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