The red carpet is an important part of celebrity exposure, popular culture, and of course seeing the best hair, makeup, and fashion looks of the season. Hollywood starlets are known for looking effortless on the carpet with perfectly applied makeup and styled hair however, many of us don’t have hair and makeup teams at home. We cannot all have Kardashian level hair or Gabrielle Union’s glow, but these are five tips that will help you achieve a red carpet look at home for a fraction of the cost.
The first tip is a facial massage. America’s favorite former royal: Meghan Markle swears by a buccal massage and it has risen in popularity since the public discovered her secret to tight youthful skin. The buccal massage is a deep tissue massage of the face where estheticians knead out tension and sculpt the face however, the biggest shock of the treatment is that it requires the esthetician to massage from inside of your mouth. The Meghan approved treatment can cost anywhere from $100- $400.
There is good news however, a facial massage can be done at home for less without the awkwardness of having a stranger’s hands in your mouth. A facial massage can be done at home by using a jade roller or gua sha. These massage tools work to release tension within the muscles of the face (we have about 42), help with lymphatic drainage, de-puff the eye area, and help bring circulation. When you are doing your facial massage make sure to apply your favorite serum and moisturizer first and DON’T FORGET THE NECK.
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AHA and BHAs are hydroxy acids found in a variety of skincare products such as cleansers, toners, peels, and masks. The purpose of using them is to exfoliate the skin and to achieve a deep exfoliation. AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acids the most common being citric acid, glycolic acid (comes from sugar cane), lactic acid, and malic acid just to name a few. The two most common for at-home use and can be bought without a prescription are lactic acid and glycolic acid.
BHA stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid and is associated with reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The most common form of BHA in skincare is salicylic acid. BHA in comparison to AHA penetrates further into the pores to remove excess sebum and dead skin cells. Popular at-home exfoliants are: AHAs and BHAs are: the ordinary AHA 30+ BHA 2% peeling solution, the Glossier solution, and Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA.
During the 2018 Met, Gala Kim Kardashian wore press on nails (flown in by Katy Perry) to complete her red carpet makeover. Kim K isn’t the only A-lister turning to press on as an alternative to acrylic, gel, or no-chip manicures. Press-ons offer a quick but perfect manicure. Stars such as Blake Lively, Beyonce, and Jennifer Lopez have all used press-on nails from time to time. This is probably the cheapest and most accessible way to have red carpet ready nails.
Press-on nails can be purchased from any convenience store, drug store, and most grocery stores.
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One of the most raved about products from celebrities, stylists, and bloggers is the Olaplex No.3 hair Perfector. This is a hair bonder treatment that is used before shampooing. The treatment claims to reduce breakage, strengthen hair, repair damage, and give a healthier appearance of hair. It has become a staple in many celebrity stylist kits and can be done at home.
Olaplex No.3 will allow you to achieve that shiny and healthy-looking hair while at home. Olaplex can mask and repair the damage caused by coloring hair and regular heat styling and as a result, hair looks healthy, shiny, and smooth.
Blow Outs Made Easy
Alli Webb’s Drybar is known for giving clients effortless blowouts and its celebrity clientele such as Tina Fey, Kate Hudson, and Gwyneth Paltrow just to name a few. However, a regular blowout at a Drybar is about $45-$50 depending on the city, and even with its 92 locations still isn’t accessible to everyone.
One of the easiest ways to achieve the perfect blowout at home is by using a hairdryer brush (the easiest way to explain it is the brush is also the blow dryer). The most popular one on amazon and Tik Tok is the Revlon One-Step Volumizer, it works on all hair types straight to kinky and is cheaper than one blow-dry session at a dry bar.
These five tips will help you to become red carpet ready in no time and at a fraction of the cost. We cannot all be celebrities or influencers but we can use some of their secrets at home.