With the Oscars literally right around the corner, most of Hollywood is at Defcon 2 trying to get themselves primped and primed for the film industry's biggest night. It's no secret that celebrities go to great lengths to look their best on the red carpet, but even we were surprised by some of the cray-cray things they'll do to look perfect. Deodorant on your face? Jell-O lips? Many of Hollywood's A-List have tried those bizarro beauty treatments and so many more.
But unlike leech facials or snake venom injections, some of these tricks are actually doable by your average non-celeb. We asked a panel of experts to give us their thoughts on six of these whackadoo secrets to see if they're worth guinea pigging.
Would you try these tricks or do you think they're better left to desperate starlets?
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Red Carpet Secret: Tuck & Suck Away Face Flab
Jillian Michaels booked solid this past month? How else can celebs get rid of chin pudge in a jiffy? The quickest fix involves rubbing caffeine-rich cellulite cream along the entire jawline. The caffeine acts as a diuretic and sucks the water right out of the puffy zone.
While the effect will only be noticeable for three or four hours, it’s certainly long enough to parade around the red carpet looking slimmer. Just be sure to keep this stuff strictly on your jawline — there's no telling what kind of havoc it will wreak if it touches your eyes.
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Red Carpet Secret: A Long-Lasting Lip Color That Won't Air Kiss Off
Ever notice how kids mixing Jell-O get red all over their hands – and the evidence lingers for days? With this concept in mind, makeup artist Joanna Schlip hit upon a genius way to make a red lip last all night. “Lick your lips and then smooth on Cherry Jell-O. Simply dip fingers into the powder packet and apply to moist lips for a long-lasting stain,” she explains. Layer a moisture-rich red lippie on top for a bold pout that has more staying power than a Kardashian.
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Red Carpet Secret: Don't Ever Let Them See You (Face) Sweat
Doing back-to-back interviews on the red carpet can cause even the most seasoned star's brow to dampen, but celebs are staying sweat-free and keeping makeup in place by applying clear, unscented deodorant to their face prior to makeup application to control sweating. Hey, we told you these were going to get weird.
The ingredients in antiperspirants that keep your underarms dry have the same effect when applied to the parts of the face that have the most sweat glands – the upper lip and hairline. Makeup artists recommend applying with a foundation brush in thin layers. Keep in mind that these products were not developed for use on facial skin, so they may cause reactions. Test it on a small patch of your skin first before you start swiping it all over your visage.
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Red Carpet Secret: There Are No Spots In The Spotlight
Want to know why celebrities never look cakey on the red carpet? Instead of piling on the concealer, they reduce acne inflammations at the source with nasal spray and Visine. Dr. Kathy Fields, dermatologist and one of the creators of Proactiv explains, “Visine and nasal sprays are vasoconstrictors, so they work like a topical steroid.” Vasoconstrictors also shrink blood vessels, so using products of this type not only helps with red pimples, but also for puffiness and undereye circles.
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Red Carpet Secret: Get Steamy To Set Your Makeup
It might sound counterintuitive, but celebrities swear by applying all of their makeup – then taking a 10-minute bubble bath. The steam from the hot water sets makeup, and the moisture will make skin look plump, fresh, and dewy. It takes away the powdery look of powders, giving skin a camera-ready glow.
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Red Carpet Secret: Polish Away Your Pores
Pepto-Bismol goes a long way to quell the queasiness of a big, anxiety-provoking event, but it actually can work double-duty for your skin. Just a little smoothed on as a mask has been shown to help tighten skin and shrink pores. The active ingredient, bismuth subsalicylate, is an antibacterial with exfoliant properties very similar to salicylic acid, however, it may be very drying for mature skin, explains Dr. Zein Obagi, creator of ZO Skin Health. “Similar to using toothpaste as a drying agent, it may work occasionally to help dry up a blemish or tighten pores, but is not a substitute for a daily acne regimen that includes salicylic acid,” he adds.
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