2014 Red Carpet Beauty Secrets

Wouldn’t you like to make an entrance like the stars at red-carpet  events? You can! Celeb beauty pros reveal how you can recreate the dewy skin, smoky eyes, shiny tresses and sexy curls you covet. (Getting an invite to an awards ceremony is up to you.) Here are their insider tricks:

MAKEUP

Go steamy. Open and cleanse pores -- making skin look its best -- by adding two tablespoons of an herbal laxative (such as Swiss Kriss) to a pot of boiling water. Turn off the heat, cover the pot with a moist towel, then lean over it for two minutes, says James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist to Taryn Manning.

Let it glow. Squeeze equal parts of your liquid (or cream) foundation and moisturizer on the back of your hand. Blend with a sponge, then apply to your face. “That thins out the foundation and softens skin,” says Saisha Beecham, celebrity makeup artist with Cloutier Remix for Vanessa Hudgens.

Beecham then dusts loose pearlescent eye shadows to add strategic shimmer in a vertical line down the ridge at the center of the nose, on top of the cheekbones and at the Cupid’s bow at the center of the upper lip. Or try Vincent’s technique: Apply blush or bronzer to cheeks before putting on foundation for “a natural flushed glow.” When you’re done, set with a dusting of loose translucent powder on the forehead, under the eyes and down the sides of the nose. “Never cover up where you put shimmer,” says Beecham.

Erase fatigue. For everyday, use a concealer that matches your skin tone exactly. For special events and photography, use one that’s barely lighter than your skin if you’re really fair, and two shades lighter if you’re dark complected. Dab on lightly with your finger on the darker areas underneath your eyes.

Amp up your eyes. For eyes that pop, start with a thin line of waterproof eyeliner, starting at the outer edge and moving inward. For a smoky eye, use a gold or bronze liner and blend outward and upward.

Pump up your lashes. Once you apply your mascara, run a fine metal lash comb through to remove clumps. Apply two more coats, letting the mascara dry between coats. Finally, run the tip of the mascara wand along the outer ends of lashes.

Get primed. For perfect Hollywood lips, exfoliate first with a soft-bristle toothbrush on which you’ve applied the contents of a vitamin E capsule. Follow with a lip stain or liner. After applying a matte lipstick, dust loose translucent power along the lip’s outer border.

When in doubt, use restraint, says Vincent. “Nothing is as unflattering as overdone makeup!”

HAIR

Extend yourself. If your hair isn’t movie-star perfect, consider getting a little help. “There isn’t one woman on the red carpet without extensions,” says Gregory Patterson, hair stylist to Anne Hathaway. “They add volume, hold a curl, and add highlights and dimension that deflects light on camera, which reads shiny.”

Go for the shine.  A dry scalp in the winter months is common, but who wants dandruff dusting the shoulders of your favorite party dress? For glossy flake-free locks try using an anti-dandruff shampoo in place of your ordinary bottle. Lightly spray your hair with dry texturizing spray before using a flat iron. Starch-and-silica combos are best because they absorb oil while still adding shine. When you do wash your hair, use leave-in conditioner and at most a nickel’s worth of light oil while hair is still wet, says Michael Dueñas, founder of Hair Room Service and stylist to Mariah Carey. 

When you use your dryer, point the nozzle down, which will make the hair cuticles lie flat and reflect light, says Jenny Balding, senior stylist at New York City’s Cutler Salon and backstage for Marc Jacobs runway shows. Finish with a blast of cool air, then a spritz of light hairspray, followed by a little shine spray and a final pump of hairspray, Hold spray canisters 8-12 inches from your hair to avoid adding too much product.

Get star curls. The trick to waves is to spray hair lightly with texturizing spray, says Patterson. Then hold the curling iron vertically, wrapping hair in 1-2 inch sections and curling in the same direction each time. Brush your hair (use a little hairspray on the brush first), then spray your ‘do lightly. “Add an ornate headband, a metal brooch and you’ve got magazine-worthy hair.” If you prefer a braid or bun, try weaving or wrapping a necklace through the style, securing it with pins. Voila -- you’re best-tressed!

Dress 10 Pounds Slimmer

Wish there was a way to get slimmer quickly? There is, and it’s closer than you think: in your closet. Wearing the right styles, fit and colors can take off pounds instantly -- without dieting (and you don’t have to wear head-to-toe black, either)! Discover how to look thinner with these dress-skinny guidelines:

Choose firm fabrics.

Clothes made of stretchy-but-firm material, such as cotton and Ponte with a bit of Spandex, hold you in, says Roseanne Morrison, fashion director at retail consultancy The Doneger Group. In contrast, silks, satins and shiny fabrics reflect light, making you seem broader, while hefty tweeds and cables add too much padding.

Plunge ahead.

V-necked and scoop necklines pull eyes away from a fuller chin while appearing to lengthen your torso. Ditto for wrap dresses, chains and elongated scarves with low knots. Heart-shaped necklines help make your shoulders appear wider, in turn helping your waist look smaller.

“Reveal your clavicle. It’s a part of the body that always looks good,” says Morrison. By contrast, chokers draw eyes to your chin, while square, crew and boat necks overemphasize your upper body.

Go rich and dark.

Black is a traditional slimming color because it absorbs light and softens your curves. But other dark colors have the same effect: chocolate, wine, eggplant, charcoal, navy and even jewel tones such as ruby, emerald and sapphire. Surprisingly, prints -- marbles and wood grain -- hide bulges, as do ruffles and textures, says Julie Matos, Alyssa Milano’s stylist. Skip solid pastels and neon shades, which tend to add pounds.

Dresses with darker vertical panels at the sides and lighter shades at your center trim your torso and are totally in right now. Skirts and slacks with dark tuxedo stripes on the sides achieve the same effect. And forget that old advice about never wearing horizontal stripes. They can actually create an illusion of thinness if they’re varied, with wider dark stripes at the waist and narrow, lighter lines up top.

Choose the right sleeve length.

Go for tops with sleeves ending at the wrist, or try today’s trendy three-quarter length, says Jeff K. Kim, stylist to Rosario Dawson and Lauren Graham. “Our first instinct is to go with something super-loose, but that just looks bulky.” Avoid cap sleeves, which emphasize the plumpest part of your arms, as well as sleeveless and strapless dresses.

Skim your curves.

It sounds counter-intuitive, but baggy isn’t better. Instead, flaunt your figure with fitted dresses and nipped-in blazers. Also look for clothes cut on a bias, or with diagonal seams, which cling to the right places. “Italian movie stars of the ‘50s and ‘60s were curvy and sexy -- and men love that look.” Morrison says.

Watch your waistline.

Natural waistlines are best to maintain a slender silhouette. An empire waist can hide a rounded tummy, but it can also overemphasize your bust. “Drop waists are the worst, unless you’re a stick. Even then it can be difficult, because you look boxy,” Kim says. As for pants, stick with natural-waistline styles; low-rise cuts create muffin tops. Avoid pants with tiny pockets on the rear -- either go big, or go without.

Longer is better.

Cropped tops and blazers and cuffed and Capri pants -- especially trendy full versions make you look wider. Pants should reach the ankle, or longer, while pencil skirts slim more than minis, Matos says.

Appreciate yourself.

In the end, it’s all about attitude. “When you look in the mirror, what makes you feel sexy?” Kim says. “Accentuate that, tastefully. If it’s your bust, go with a scoop neck and suggest an hourglass. If it’s your feet, wear beautiful heels and keep everything else simple. Embrace your body. Confidence is the most slimming

Gorgeous, Look-Younger Hair in an Instant!

Your hair is your crowning glory -- but it’s not so glorious when an outdated style, a too-harsh color or stubborn grays add years to your face. Along with moisturizer and makeup, your hair goes a long way toward helping you look younger and more vibrant. For tips on helping your do get you looking younger, we talked to Raphael Reboh, a celebrity stylist and owner of the Femme Coiffure Hair Spa in Miami. Here’s what he said:

1. Contrast your color.
Hair color can make you look younger and more vibrant -- or just the opposite. “When a woman’s hair color is the same tone as her skin or eyes, it makes her look older, pale and tired,” says Reboh. Going too dark when your skin is light can also look too stark. Instead, go with a subtle contrast -- a warm medium chocolate brown or dark blond if you have pale skin or light eyes; lighter blond or red highlights for brown eyes or darker skin.

2. Stay on top of the gray.
Taking the time to maintain your roots can make all the difference when it comes to looking younger. Reboh recommends talking to your stylist about ways to hide the gray for longer periods. “If your hair is lighter, putting blond highlights into the gray mixes up beautifully and looks natural,” he says. “For darker hair, regular root touchups are essential, plus a gloss to help maintain the color.” Between salon visits, keep a root touchup wand handy for a temporary fix.

3. Get the right cut.
A shorter do or better layering can take years off your face by adding youthful movement. “If your face is long, a bob a little higher than your shoulders will make you look amazing,” says Reboh. “On the other hand, if you have strong cheekbones, you can get away with long hair with bangs, and round faces can look good with any cut that elongates the face.” Layering is important too, says Reboh: Go with “shorter layers for shoulder-length hair, longer ones for longer lengths. Hair needs to move.”

4. Consider extensions.
Fine, straight hair tends to go flat, creating an older appearance. Adding extensions makes your do fuller and livelier. “I use tape-on extensions that don’t break the hair,” says Reboh. “Then I can add highlights or even an ombre effect that’s lighter on the bottom.”

5. Trust your instincts.
If you feel that your stylist isn’t invested in de-aging your look, don’t be afraid to find someone who will. “Your stylist should check your hair and discuss your lifestyle before starting to work,” says Reboh. “If you don’t feel that he is really into it, don’t let him do your hair.”

Office Casual Done Right

What does “business casual” attire mean? Does it mean it’s okay to rock your faded jeans and flip-flops to work? The short answer is no -- informal work gear isn’t the same thing as weekend wear.

“I think one of the challenges with a casual work environment is that there’s no real dress code, especially for women. It can be confusing,” says style consultant Natalie Jobity, author of Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. “People end up wearing what they wear everywhere else. But you can’t interpret office casual as just being casual. You are at work, so you should be dressing with the intent of business.”

As the owner of Elan Image Management in Columbia, MD, Jobity regularly works with employees in the Washington, DC area to find workplace wardrobe solutions. “Consider what your whole image is saying,” she says. “Many employees wear things because they think they can get away with it, but there is still the issue of professionalism: Do you look professional?” To clear up the “office casual” confusion, Jobity offers this list of do’s and don’ts:

Don’t go beachy. Flip-flops, strapless maxi dresses and shorts are absolutely out, no matter how informal your workplace is. “You’re not dressing for the beach or hanging out at a club with your friends,” says Jobity. “Some trends may be cool for a casual setting but not for a business setting, even if it’s a casual environment.”

Do think slacks. Nicely pressed chinos or khakis with a blouse or sweater and flats are comfortable but still set a professional tone.

Don’t confuse leggings for pants. Although they can work in an office environment, wearing them with a too-short top is a fashion faux pas. “It’s showing too much of the leg and the thighs and the butt. It’s too much for work,” says Jobity. “The best way to think of leggings is as opaque tights - then you won’t go wrong.”

Do pair leggings with a below-the-knee sweater dress or a tunic long enough to cover your rear. Add boots for a trendy, yet totally office-appropriate look.

Don’t be revealing. Bare midriffs, shoulders and cleavage say “weekend,” not “work,” and visible bra straps look sloppy in the workplace.

Do stick with work clothes that fit well without being too tight and that don’t show too much skin.

Don’t be distressed. Even if jeans are okay in your office, frayed or acid-washed pairs are for after-hours only.

Do wear dark-wash denim with no rips, paired with a twinset or a top and cardigan.

Don’t pile on the bling. Leave the glittery tops and rhinestones at home, along with bangle sets or other noisy accessories.

Do show off your office chic with neutral colors or a bright top under a black or navy jacket and slacks. Keep jewelry simple -- a cuff bracelet or chunky necklace will make an outfit stand out in all

Decade-by-Decade Skin Care Routine

Are you following the right skin care regimen for your age?

Adriana Martino, an esthetician who operates SKINNEY Medspa and Wellness in New York City, says many women don't realize their skin care regimen needs to change as they get older. "The same things that work for you in your 30s may not be the best for your skin when you're in your 50s," says Martino. "But my older customers don't seem as aware about what they should be doing."

While there are some general rules that we all have to follow -- like daily sunscreen, for instance -- there are others specific to different ages. What should you be doing now? Here’s a look:

In your 30s
Martino says the 30s are when many women start to notice fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Pigmentation from sun exposure is also more visible at this age. "The first thing I would recommend is using a good eye cream at night that has peptides, which stimulate the production of collagen,” she says. "You should also be sure to use moisturizer regularly – and make it a water-based one.”

"You also want to make sure you're exfoliating regularly -- at least once a week. And I recommend having a facial once a month, especially if you're prone to breakouts."

In your 40s
As you enter middle age, skin changes become even more noticeable. This is the time to consider adding collagen-boosting products that will make your skin look younger and healthier. "Using a retinol-based cream is important at this stage because it will speed up cell turnover,” says Martino. But because retinol can be drying, you may want to use it only once or twice a week.

This is the time to schedule regular facials to keep your skin healthy and refreshed, and to talk to your dermatologist about getting a good chemical peel. Moisturizing is also more important now than in your 30s, because your skin becomes dryer as you begin to lose estrogen. Martino suggests using gentle daily moisturizers containing ceramide.

In your 50s

For women in their 50s, the emphasis is on adding even more moisture.  “I would recommend using an oil-based moisturizer at this point and increasing your use of retinol products with a higher concentration,” Martino says, “I also recommend laser therapy at this stage. Things like Thermage can tighten loose skin. You can definitely use serums with peptides, as well.” To wash your face, use a cream cleanser for extra softness. Menopause and hormone use can also make skin more sensitive, so baby your skin by adding new products gradually to make sure they don’t irritate your face.

Finally, as you approach your 60s, your diet and exercise habits are just as important as the beauty products you use. “I recommend a healthy lifestyle in general to make sure your skin looks young,” says Martino.