15 Red-Carpet Beauty Tricks You HAVE To Try

Let's be real: You walk on sidewalks instead of awards-show red carpets. You sit in a cubicle instead of a "front row." And, you give presentations instead of tearful thank-you speeches. All those factors aside, we think you should still look as flawless for work and play as the celebs who preen and pose in front of the paps every other week. That’s where we come in.

After two months of awards shows with unforgettable beauty looks — think coral lips, dramatic eyes, and contour with a capital C — we're finally at the end of the season (whew!). And, while it's true that the aforementioned looks were major standouts, there were four tried-and-true crowd favorites we saw on every red carpet without fail. We call them the Big Four — a flawless face, strong brows, defined eyes, and a perfectly painted lip. Seriously, when was the last time you saw caked-on foundation or smudged lipstick on the red carpet?

We sought out celebrity makeup artist Fumiaki Nakagawa for pro tips and tricks, so you can be camera-ready just like the best of 'em — even if the pics being taken of you are just your own selfies. From a subtle contouring technique that'll add dimension without the reality-TV-star vibes to a lipstick-blotting trick that'll make your duck lips totally budge-proof, these insider secrets and COVERGIRL essentials will help you master a red-carpet-ready face on the daily.

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