Do It on the Cheap continued...
"You can't just pile black or dark brown shadow on your lids -- or you'll end up looking like a vampire," says Sarnelle, whose clients also include Tori Spelling, Kelly Osbourne, and Alana Stewart. Instead, she says, blend at least three smoky colors together on the whole lid, then finish the look with a soft liner in grey or brown, not black. To keep the liner looking soft, smudge it with a Q-Tip while it's still wet, then finish with a row of false lashes.
But if you've ever come home with those lashes stuck to your cheeks instead of your lids, Geller says you'll really appreciate one of the best-kept New York celebrity beauty secrets -- a product called Fast Lash by Tweezerman. This totally unique lash builder looks like an ordinary mascara container but when you pull out the wand it's covered in tiny dry white flakes of a harmless polyester fiber -- almost like down.
"First you coat your lashes with mascara, then touch the Fast Lash wand to your wet lashes so the fibers stick, then add another coat of mascara, and the look is better than false lashes," says Geller, who reports that Fast Lash is among her most requested products for celebrity photo shoots and special events.
7 More Red Carpet Beauty Tips
To help polish off your look and really get your Oscar night glow going, our beauty experts offer these additional tips:
- For an instant puff reducer dip a spoon in ice cold water and press the back against your under eye area, cheeks, chin, anywhere you want to reduce the bloated look. -- Diane Irons
- For the best under-eye concealing look for products that are thin, not thick, and then build it on in layers, patting -- and not rubbing -- each layer in until you cover your flaws. -- Valerie Sarnelle
- For better under-eye coverage choose a blue-based concealer, which helps reflect the light and make the eyes look brighter. For extra heavy dark circles try a yellow- or orange-based concealer, which neutralizes darkness beneath the eyes. If you don't have a color concealer use foundation two shades lighter under your eyes and blend, blend, blend! -- Adrien Arpel
- To keep that eyeliner on all night thin it with a drop of Visene (you know, the eye drops). The viscous quality of the Visene makes the liner go on easier and moister, which also helps it to last longer. -- Diane Irons
- For glamour-girl hair, look for shampoos that contain dimethicone copolyol, which is a volume booster. Then always put on hair spray from underneath, which gives the roots some extra "oomph" and will keep a pouffy do pouffy all night. -- Diane Irons
- For a sun-kissed glow without the sun use a powdered face bronzer, but choose a shade in pinky-brown and avoid orange tones. To keep the look natural use a fat brush or apply with a lamb's wool paddle and feather it out into the hairline, down under the jaw, and onto the neck. -- Laura Geller
- Biggest eyebrow mistake: making them too thin or too dark. To fix that: Choose a powder brush color in a shade or two lighter than your hair for a look that is softer and more natural. Top it with a brow wax to keep them neat and in place. -- Valerie Sarnelle
Colette Bouchez is the author of the new book, Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy - Beauty, Health and Lifestyle Advice for the Modern Mother-to-Be.