Monday, October 29, 2012

Red Carpet Tips for Real Life!

It's CMA Week again!  "Country Music's Biggest Night" is what they say.  It's MY biggest night because it's always a bit of a party after a stressful week.  After all these years of dressing guys and gals for red carpets, I have learned a few tricks along the way, and I wanted to share them to help you look your best for your next event.  Maybe your red carpet is your company Christmas party or your Instagram photo from your friend's bachelorette party.  Hey, you still wanna look your best!

TIP #1:  Always eat healthfully (at least the day of your event) so you feel your best.  Often what you put in your mouth can really affect your mood and the confidence you feel for yourself!  I suggest a protein-rich breakfast of a scrambled egg white omelet packed with veggies, some wheat toast, and coffee to get ya going!  And DON'T FORGET TO EAT throughout the day.  Not eating can be almost as bad as overeating!  A steady intake of healthful snacks throughout the day like raw almonds, string cheese and lots of veggies (plus drinking water!) will keep your mood soaring and keep you from feeling bloated on your big night.
World's best snack.  Horizon string cheese.

TIP #2:  Invest in proper undergarments.  You will look so much slimmer and really make the most of your assets if you are wearing the right underthings.  The right size and shape bra for your outfit can make you look perkier and stand taller.  And DON'T be afraid of Spanx!  Spanx are the best supporting actress at ALL red carpet events!  Even for the slimmest of gals, Spanx can smooth out all the bumps, giving you the best silhouette possible!  And as far as underwear--NO PANTY LINE IS A GOOD PANTY LINE.  Get yourself some Hanky Panky thongs or the Target brand nude thong is only $5, and lies perfectly smoothly and doesn't catch on fabric.


SPANX 'Higher Power' Brief, $36, Nordstrom

TIP #3:  Do at least one thing to pamper yourself!  Whether that is getting a facial a few days before your event, getting a mani/pedi, or just taking a hot bubble bath, going into something like a red carpet where there are cameras everywhere or events where you're sure to be tagged on Facebook TONS of times, these little things will make a big difference in your outlook!  

TIP #4:  Think about having your makeup professionally applied. You can go to the MAC counter at your local department store and for just committing to buy around $40 worth of makeup, a professional can apply your makeup for you.  If you don't have time or don't need any more Studio Fix in your life, just think about adding a few false eyelashes to the outer corners of your eyes.  It's amazing what either a professional or a little trip to Walgreens can do for your look!

TIP #5:  Don't forget to work out.  I always feel more confident at my events if I've worked out that day or at least a few times that week.  Even though that extra 30 minutes on the elliptical likely won't affect how you fit in your dress, it sure will get those endorphins going and help you feel your most confident!

TIP #6:  Wear lipstick!  Even if you're a gal who on a daily basis only wears Chap Stick, you gotta step it up at an event.  Those aforementioned cameras will be everywhere, and so as not to look like a character from the Walking Dead, you need a little color on your face.  I'm not saying pull out the fire engine red, but even a wash of color on your lips will make you look alive.  And don't forget your cheeks!  Add a little extra blush right on the apples--smile and where your cheeks get kinda plump right there beside your nose, just dust a little more on.  It will make all the difference in photos!
Nars Orgasm Blush, $28 (my fave blush and looks great on everyone!)

LORAC Buxom Lip Polish, $19, Sephora
Love this lipgloss.  A great wash of color goes a long way in photos.  

TIP #7:  Speaking of photos, know your good angles!  In my experience, there are so many artists who are super cute but come off STUNNING in photos because they know their angles.  To find your "good side", so to speak, have a friend take pictures of your face at all angles, starting at around 30 degrees from your shoulder and going all the way to the other side.  It should be pretty clear what looks best once you see the photos.  Now, practice that!  Some simple guidelines:  Keep your chin OUT and *slightly* DOWN in photos to elongate your neck.  And then when you've found your angle, add it on and BAM.  You're in.  If you are getting a full length photo of yourself taken, the most flattering position for your legs is crossed right above the ankle or one leg slightly in front of the other with the weight on your back foot and your arms away from your body--elbow slightly crooked or hand on hip. If your arms are pasted to your sides, you look like a block.  Not a good look :-).

Jana Kramer at the BMI Awards 2011 with one foot in front of the other...perfectly posed.

Julianne Hough (my old sweet-as-can-be client) at the Billboard Music Awards 2012...
weight on one foot, crooked leg, hand on hip.  

TIP #8:  Add a little sparkle.  One of my favorite quotes is from Oscar Wilde:  You can never be overdressed or overeducated.  In my book you can also hardly ever be over-accessorized.  What better time to bring out those blinging earrings!  

TIP #9:  Finally, know that this is supposed to fun!  If you're having fun, it will show.  Realizing that so much of getting pretty and going to events is for fun and not taking yourself or the event too seriously will make you feel much more relaxed.  If something should go wrong, you'll take it all in stride and live to see another day!  

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