Saturday, March 8, 2014

Red Carpet Beauty Secrets

Hello once again, Barbizon of Akron! We were feeling so inspired by all of the beauty on the red carpet last weekend that we decided to do a little research into some of our favorite celebrities' beauty secrets! Check them out below and feel free to try these out and let us know your results on our Barbizon of Akron Facebook Page!

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 lipstick or tinted lip gloss on top for a bold pout!

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 under-eye circles.

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.

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.

No matter how many hot oil treatments or serums you try, the hair of mere mortals never quite looks as shiny as, say, Amy Adams'. One of Hollywood's top hair pros says the reason lies in one his most trusted red carpet beauty secrets: "I will take ultra-fine glitter powder and mix it with hair spray, then I'll use this mixture when styling." The lights and cameras pick up the sparkle so viewers at home are left with major hair envy.