13 Cheap & Fast Ways To Look Red Carpet Ready
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Budget Beauty1 of 14
By Tiffany Tse
Chances are you don't have a red carpet event on your social calendar—or a team of hair, skin and makeup pros at the ready. But that doesn't mean you can't look like a star at your next special occasion. We asked beauty experts to reveal their best beauty shortcuts, as well as tips on how to highlight skin, fill in brows and look gorgeous, even if you're on a tight budget. Read on for their 13 money-saving ideas.
Get Cheeky2 of 14
Don't feel guilty about splurging on a luxury lipstick—just make it do double-duty as your blush, too. "Lipstick acts like a cream blush that blends and looks natural," says makeup artist Max Bronner. "Lightly rub the lipstick on your fingertips and apply from the top of the cheekbone at the hairline towards the center of the face. This angle of application defines and raises the cheekbones instantly." Try a soft, pretty color, such as Lipstick Queen's flattering pink hue.
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Sticking Point3 of 14
"Apply scotch tape to the nose area to remove small facial hair along with blackheads," says clinical skincare expert Bella Schneider. "Fasten in place for good adhesion and pull off at once, upward and to the side. This can be repeated if the skin isn't overly sensitive. Make sure your skin is dry when applying. It's as safe as the sticky side of a Band-Aid, which can also be used if tape isn't available."
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Glow Away4 of 14
Instead of buying a facial illuminator, combine your favorite eye shadow and Vaseline jelly. "Rub your finger in a flesh-toned shadow until it's opaque with color," says celebrity makeup artist Mickey Williams. "On the back of your hand, mix the shadow with a dab of Vaseline jelly into a shimmery glaze. Apply to areas where light naturally bounces off of your skin: the bridge of the nose, brow bone, and tops of your cheekbones moving back into your hairline."
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Tool Around5 of 14
If you have medium or long hair, invest in a versatile tool kit. (Sarah Potempa's collection can be used to achieve several styles, including a top knot, messy low bun and waves.) In a pinch, "Save up cardboard toilet paper rolls and bobby pins, using them to set your hair overnight," says Aussie celebrity stylist Potempa.
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Smooth Operator6 of 14
The body lotion you use to moisturize your arms and legs can actually double as a great polish for your leather heels. "Any moisturizing body lotion will do the trick," says brow and makeup artist Ramy Gafni. "I like Jergens Overnight Repair. Just avoid a lotion with shimmer in it."
SHOP NOW: Jergens Overnight Repair moisturizer, $6, drugstore.com
Body Language7 of 14
"If you need a little color, get a healthy glow by mixing foundation with a moisturizer and apply to your arms, legs and décolletage," says Bronner. "This adds subtle radiance to your skin. Just be extra careful if your outfit is white or cream. If that's the case, apply a setting powder all over." We suggest Tarte's foundation, which comes with a double-ended brush for easier, more natural-looking application.
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Oil Up8 of 14
Before applying makeup, start with clean, hydrated skin. Julio Sandino, co-founder of Pucker, suggests repurposing your olive oil as a facial cleanser: "Extra virgin olive oil is a gentle way to cleanse all skin types, even sensitive skin, while moisturizing. For the best results, massage lightly in a circular motion and remove later with a moistened towel."
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Brow Wow9 of 14
Mascara tends to dry out quickly. By using it to accentuate your brows (only if you have dark hair), you're maximizing yours and saving money on a brow pencil. "Applying mascara in short, light strokes to your eyebrows can be a great way to fill in patches and gaps," says Sandino. "Brown is best, as black can be harsh looking." Use a waterproof version, like CoverGirl's Clump Crusher, to prevent smudging or running throughout the day.
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Pillow Talk10 of 14
Looking great can be as simple as getting a good night's rest on an extra pillow. "When we sleep and remain in a mostly stationary position for the night, fluids in the face build up and sit in small pockets," says esthetician Renee Rouleau. "We see this in the morning when the dreaded puffy bags surface. To avoid this unflattering look, prop an extra pillow under your head at night to allow fluids to drain properly. This should leave you looking refreshed and puff-free."
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Curl Power11 of 14
If you want an easy hairstyle that doesn't require a lot of pricey products, "Curl your hair with large loose curls, then gather hair into a low ponytail on either side behind the ear," says celebrity stylist Nelson Chan. "It's a simple but elegant look." Apply a medium hold hairspray both before after after styling to help hair hold the curls.
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Take Cover12 of 14
Need a quick fix to cover up your roots? Use a taupe eye shadow, like Ramy Beauty Therapy's hue. "Matte, taupe eye shadow can be used to cover roots," says Gafni. "The color is universally flattering and can cover or soften roots for gray, blond, red, brown or black hair."
SHOP NOW: Ramy Beauty Therapy Eyeshadow in Neutral Impact, $17, ramy.com
Drink Up13 of 14
A simple truth? While drinking water won't erase fine lines and wrinkles, upping your H2O intake the day before a big event will show at least a slight difference in your skin. "For a radiant complexion, it's important to hydrate not just on the outside with moisturizer, but from within," says dermatologist Dr. Michael Lin. "The skin is the first place that shows deficiencies in hydration. It gets dry, rough and dull, and the under-eye area looks darker."
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White Out14 of 14
"A cost-effective way to prep your smile is to brush your teeth with baking soda," says Dr. Koroush Maddahi. "Don't do it more than once a month, because it can make teeth sensitive. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a tablespoon of water and cover your toothbrush with the paste. This is effective if you have cigarette, coffee or tea stains on your teeth."
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