We already know that celebs can rely on the magic of Photoshop to fix any flaws when they're at a photo shoot. But what about on the red carpet? The paparazzi would just love to catch a shot of them looking less than perfect, so they need to bring their A-game.
How do they do it? With these bizarre-but-they-work tricks. We grilled celeb makeup artists, hairstylists and fashion experts to get the scoop. Hey, just because we're not walking the red carpet doesn't mean we don't want to look flawless, right? Check out the full list of secrets here or peruse some of our faves below:
Secret No. 1: Wig Tape Keeps the Girls in Line
You'll never believe the biggest red carpet lifesaver of all: Wig tape. According to Sawhill, it's "the best form of double stick you can use in order to keep stubborn dress parts in place." Just ask for it at your local beauty supply store. Stylist Cassey Sawhill says, "You can cut to any shape or length needed and its holding power is much stronger than your typical Scotch double stick." It's great for gowns with plunging necklines. Plus it's a quick fix for falling hemlines, and can help keep pesky feathers or petals in place.
Secret No. 2: Stilettos Fake Gym Time
Yes, they're super stylish and yes, they're hotter than hot, but that aside, stylist Aly Scott says you should always wear the highest heel you can because they "help elongate your curves and make your body proportions look better." She suggests wearing a 5- or even 6-inch heel if you can handle it.
Secret No. 3: Black and Red Do Not Mix
Chanel made her point. The LBD is a staple -- but try mixing it up once in awhile (like Natalie Portman did here with this gorgeous blue dress). When it comes to picking a dress color, Scott says to be sure to wear something that compliments your coloring. "Jewel tones are rich against the skin. Black or grey will wash you out. People pick black because it's easy or they think it will make them look elegant, but black can make you look older." Something celebrities dread even more than a box-office bomb.
Secret No. 4: If You Liked it Then You Shoulda Put a Minimizer On it
And they're not just for the single ladies. (OK, all done mocking Sasha Fierce.) In all seriousness, minimizers are a gift from the slimming gods. "Undergarments can help achieve the ideal silhouette and fit," stylist Zoe Joeright says. "It helps bring in the waistline and tighten the hip area, creating an hourglass shape." Spanx and Victoria's Secret have really great options.
Secret No. 5: Cut-Off Nylons to the Rescue
Body-clinging dress styles are gorgeous but can sometimes pose a problem when it comes to underwear (VPL anyone?). Sawhill says that sometimes even the skimpiest of underwear won't do. In these cases, she uses cut-off nylons.
"Simply cut off the legs and you have yourself the thinnest pair of boy shorts ever. These work wonders under silk charmeuse gowns or as an undetectable layer under lighter colors where even the triangle of a thong would be seen. Use a cheap pair from the dollar store and save the legs for ultra sheer socks that can be worn later with super slim boots." Gotta love the multi-use, it feels so eco-chic.
Secret No. 6: Look Electric Without the Static
You know those days. Horrifying static is in the air and your hair is bearing a striking resemblance to a Troll doll's. Hairstylist Carlos Ortiz recommends an unscented dryer sheet. According to him, all you do is "very lightly touch the hair. It gets rid of flyaways." How's that for a home remedy? Betcha you can even re-use the dryer sheet in your next load, we're sure that's what all those frugal celebs do.
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