Bring in a Pro
If it's in your budget, hiring a makeup artist is a sure-fire way to get gorgeous. They're an essential part of every celebrity's "glam squad." Beauty pros also have cases of supplies for beauty emergencies -- every kind of powder, concealer, shimmer, and color-correcting makeup.
Aparna Bhargava turned over her look to the pros before she walked the red carpet with her husband, composer Mychael Danna, at the Golden Globes and the BAFTA's, Britain's version of the Oscars. Her advice: Allow extra time.
"They use a lot more shades, primers and other products to make you look as good as possible," says Bhargava. At the Golden Globes, Bhargava wore a designer's glittery pink sari to reflect her Indian heritage. She suggests that glammed up makeup can also reflect your personal style. "Talk to your artist beforehand and make sure they understand the look that you want."