TIFF is right around the corner, and that means the stylish stars are coming! While we can't wait for the onslaught of amazing inspiration, we simply can’t spend the money (or time!) on our looks that the likes of Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes do.
That’s why we’ve rounded up the best budget-babe approved versions of stars’ “get Red-Carpet-ready” routines! Read on to learn how you can look like a star--for less!
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Bat Those Lashes
When it comes to looking Red Carpet-ready, it's all about the details, right down to the number of lashes framing a starlet's sparkly eyes. Eyelash extensions go a long way; they truly make eyes pop.
But professional lash application can take hours and cost upwards of $150.
To achieve a similar look (without emptying your wallet and losing an entire afternoon) opt for DIY lashes.
Try: Ardell Double Up Lashes, $8, ardelllashes.com.
You Glow, Girl!
Lucky celebs can jet-set to Mexico to work on their tans, or visit salons for the highest quality tanner applications (you won't see any oompa loompas on the Red Carpet!). Applications usually take an hour, plus additional drying time. The result is a flawless, golden glow that complements the gorgeous gowns they wear.
For a salon-approved, at-home application, St. Tropez makes foolproof products that are easy to apply and create a gradual glow. The secret is the tanning mitt that's used to rub the product in evenly, ensuring no streaks.
Try: St. Tropez Naturals Self Tan Milk, $42, sttropeztan.com
Flash that Smile
Celebs have to ensure their pearly whites are perfect for the Red Carpet, especially when paired with red or dark lips that'll draw attention to and accentuate any discolouration. Veneers can cost upwards of $500 a tooth (yikes!) and teeth whitening can be a timely process.
Lucky for you, we have a quick and easy solution!
Try: Go Smile 7 Day Whitening System, $99, theshoppingchannel.com
Rock a Magnificent Mane
Most celebs spend the precious hours before a Red Carpet in the beauty chair, and the majority of this time is spent on hair. Your ‘do can really make or break a look, and it's also an opportunity to impress with new trends, colours and cuts.
While a team of stylists to help us primp and preen before an event is out of the question, we can still get our hands on the incredible styling tools they use. This amazing iron automatically curls and uncurls with the press of a button. It's almost as good as having a stylist do it!
Try: Rowenta Curl Active Iron, $180, rowentabeauty.ca
Put Your Best Face Forward
Having a flawless face is essential when all eyes are on you, so it's not surprising to learn that celebs can spend hours having their makeup done by the pros before a show. There are a lot of things to consider when applying makeup and selecting a look to go with. How will it photograph? Will the look remain perfect for hours during an event?
Lucky for us, we don't have to worry about those things, but we can still recreate the look ourselves. Opt for a palette to create an entire cohesive look with a full instruction kit on how to properly apply.
Try: bareMinerals Insider Kit, $40, sephora.com
Rest & RebootGetting ready for the Red Carpet is clearly a workout in itself, and nothing recharges an overworked celeb like a little rest and relaxation. While globe trotting for filming and events, celebs are lucky enough to indulge in some of the most indulgent spa services in the world.
A massage can stimulate blood flow, resulting in healthier looking skin, ease tense and tired muscles and it's one of the best mood boosters we can think of. The next time you're feeling overwhelmed or overworked, treat yourself at your local spa.
(Toronto Residents) Try: Aveda dead sea body polish and massage, $29 (64% off regular price!), RDeals.ca. *must order before Sept 7/12.
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